Photo of Paul Richardson
Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 2
  • Pick 13
  • Overall 45

Combine Results

5.29 ?
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.09 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"That's a Pete Carroll pick right there. Richardson is pure speed; think of a poor man's DeSean Jackson. Richardson can take the lid off a defense. The Seahawks just got a bunch of speed." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 175LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands


Father, Paul Sr., played at UCLA and had a cup of coffee in the NFL. Cousin, Shaquille Richardson, played cornerback at Arizona (2010-13). Paul Jr. starred in football, basketball and track as a California prep. Originally signed with UCLA in 2010, but was dismissed by then-head coach Rick Neuheisel after he was arrested, along with Shaquille and another incoming freshman, for theft -- allegedly stole a female student's backpack from a storage locker. Moved on to Colorado, where he played all 12 games in the fall, starting four, and recorded 34 receptions for 514 yards (15.1-yard average) and six touchdowns. In '11, caught 39-555-5 (14.2) in nine starts -- missed four October contests and was hampered the rest of the season because of a torn left MCL. Missed the '12 season after tearing his left ACL in April. Returned to start all 12 games in '13, leading CU receivers with 83-1,343-10 (16.2). Was bothered by a right ankle sprain (sustained against Arizona) in November. Team captain.



Jab steps and accelerates into routes. Fluid and field fast. Chews up ground with long strides. Stretches the field vertically and can run under deep throws. Can drive off corners, break off and work back to the quarterback. Can extend to pluck off his frame. Shows he's capable of making the spectacular grab. Productive despite a poor supporting cast. Has a 38-inch vertical jump.


Is very lean. Needs to bulk up and get stronger. Has been injured and durability could be an issue. Vulnerable to the jam. Does not separate consistently -- needs to become a more refined, deceptive route runner. Average burst out of breaks. Lets some throws into his body and drops throws he shouldn't. Gets out-muscled at the catch point for 50-50 balls. Limited run strength. Underpowered blocker.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

Very lean, narrow-framed, finesse "X" receiver who made an immediate impact at Colorado before knee injuries derailed his progress. Measurables will go a long way in determining his ultimate draft value, and his success at the next level is dependent upon his ability to make plays in the vertical passing game. Has a boom-or-bust element. Size and durability are question marks.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.