2017 NFL Draft

Paul Richardson, WR

School: Colorado  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 175 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 2/45 -- Paul Richardson, WR, 6-0, 175, Colorado...Speedy play-maker who could give the team the type of deep threat it has been searching for. Might also factor in as a punt returner. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Seahawks trade to get extra choices...Seattle entered the draft with just six picks, which would have been its fewest since 2006. But trading down twice with its first pick, including Friday's trade, gives the Seahawks eight. The Seahawks traded out of the final pick in the first round. General manager John Schneider said he considered trading down again but Richardson was ultimately too good to pass up. "Last night (Thursday) when we ended we had to have a name ready in New York and it was Paul Richardson's name,'' Schneider said. "So we were really excited to be able to go back again today. He was too rare for us to pass up. I think he had 184 targets and three drops. He's incredibly fast, explosive, can play inside and outside. I'm sure you guys had heard about it already. We're really excited about that. To come back at the end of the round and grab an offensive tackle because there was going to be a run on offensive tackles, and then there was going to be a fairly big drop off there. So we needed to grab one as soon as we could."

The Seahawks hope that Richardson, who caught 83 passes last season at Colorado, can help replace the departed Golden Tate, who signed with the Lions in free agency. Richardson missed the 2012 season with an ACL injury, but the Seahawks believe that he is healthy, and having run a 40 time once in 4.28, has the speed to stretch the field. "His speed is extraordinary,'' said coach Pete Carroll. "He has the terrific hands and a great catching range, he's really got characteristics like the guys that have been successful for us. He's got quickness kind of like Doug Baldwin, he's got speed kind of like Percy Harvin, and he has that catching range kind of like Jermaine Kearse so we just felt really comfortable with his style of play.'' - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 87/15. *Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado, 6-0, 175, 4.33, 3...Extraordinarily quick, fluid, finesse athlete who is fun to watch if you are not a cornerback in single coverage. Richardson showed his ability to run hard and get open often again in 2013 after missing 2012 following a torn ACL in the spring. Last year he caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. Father, Paul, was a wide receiver at UCLA and with several NFL teams. Frankly: Richardson was exceptionally productive despite a lack of complementary talent on his team, getting first downs on 51 of his 83 catches and averaging 47 yards on his 10 touchdown plays last year. Yes, 47 yards, damn near half the field. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: *Paul Richardson, Colorado, 6-0, 175, 4.40...Extraordinarily quick, fluid, finesse athlete who is fun to watch if you are not a cornerback in single coverage. Richardson showed his ability to run hard and get open often again in 2013 after missing 2012 following a torn ACL in the spring. Last year he caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. Father, Paul, was a wide receiver at UCLA and with several NFL teams.

Frankly: Richardson was exceptionally productive despite a lack of complementary talent on his team, getting first downs on 51 of his 83 catches and averaging 47 yards on his 10 touchdown plays last year. Yes, 47 yards, damn near half the field. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Paul Richardson, Jr., Colorado...Already the owner of almost 20 school receiving records, in 2013 he set new single-season standards for receptions (83) and receiving yards (1,343), wiping out numbers previously held by two Buffalo greats set back in 1992 (Michael Westbrook caught 76 passes that year, Charles E. Johnson had 1,149 yards).

Richardson is in CU's top five all-time in the three major categories: receptions (157, third), yards (2,412, fifth) and touchdowns (21, second). He earned 51 first downs receiving this year, also a team record, and his 10 touchdowns covered an amazing 470 yards, or 47.0 per; his 21 career scores have canvassed 841 yards, just a shade over 40 yards per touchdown. - Colorado football

12/03/2013 - Richardson will leave CU with 29 school records, but MacIntyre said Richardson "could leave with about 60 if he stayed another year. I'm excited for Paul, but sad for us at the same time. We'll keep going forward...he leaves a great legacy for us and our receiving corps. He came to work every day." Listed this season at 6-1, 170 pounds, Richardson conceded adding weight and strength will be two primary goals in the coming months. He lacks nine credits - three classes - to graduate next May with a degree in communications and said he would work with MacIntyre on a plan to finish his academic work.

MacIntyre said Richardson "definitely needs more size for durability" and added if Richardson "puts the right type of muscle on, he might gain speed." But MacIntyre also noted that in the NFL, "P-Rich" will encounter bigger defenders hitting him on jump balls and will need added strength to make those catches. Richardson "didn't make those plays in the spring but started to in the fall." He also wants to determine a workout regimen that will prepare him for the NFL. Richardson said he "never listens to projections" about the round in which he might be drafted. He missed last season while rehabilitating a knee injury but said making it through the 2013 season without a major injury showed his durability. "I want to look physically different," he said, noting when he achieves that it will show prospective NFL employers "I've put in the work." Among his 29 school records were seven plays of 50 yards or longer this season. MacIntyre acknowledged Richardson's "game-breaker" ability but said the 2014 roster will include several players with that kind of potential. - Colorado football

12/03/2013 - At a mid-afternoon news conference at Folsom Field's aging Flatirons Club, the record-setting junior confirmed what had been circulating earlier in the Twittersphere: He will forego his final season of eligibility and enter next spring's NFL Draft. "I'm excited for Paul," MacIntyre said. "I'd love for him to stay and play (but) I've been through this a lot. It's what a young man and family feels is best. He's put in four years here, it's not like he's leaving after his third year...we wish him the best and we're very thankful for what he's done here at Colorado."

Richardson, named CU's 2013 most valuable player at Sunday night's Senior Banquet and All-Pac-12 Conference first team on Monday, said he made his decision following Saturday's season-ending loss at Utah. He said he had "a great experience" at CU and thanked MacIntyre for "bringing in a great staff" - particularly position coach Troy Walters. Richardson also thanked MacIntyre in advance for his counsel: "He will help me in the process. There's nothing I'm going to do that he won't be a part of...I let him know how much I respected him as a coach and as a man."

The two spoke earlier Monday and MacIntyre said those talks "went really well. We talked about a lot of different things." With five years in the NFL, MacIntyre said he "understands what that world is about" and also said "a coach really has no say (in a player turning pro); it's the kid and the family and what they feel is best for them." Richardson said he had spoken with his family about his decision and they helped him reach his conclusion. His deciding factor: "My position and the position of my family...it's time to take the next step." - Colorado football

12/02/2013 - Colorado WR Paul Richardson to enter 2014 NFL Draft...Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, the school announced on Monday. Richardson leaves Boulder holding 29 school records, including single-game and single-season marks for receptions and receiving yards. On Monday he was voted first team all-conference after finishing the 2013 season with 79 receptions for 1,289 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"I can get faster, bigger and stronger overall," Richardson said on Monday. "I want to do what it takes to move up in the draft." According to CBSSports.com, Richardson is the No. 9 wide receiver in the 2014 draft class and projected to be a second or third round pick. Richardson missed the 2012 season due to a knee injury that required surgery, but bounced back with an impressive 2013 despite inconsistency at the quarterback position and a coaching change. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

11/16/2013 - Sefo Liufau threw for a career-high 364 yards and Paul Richardson tied a team record for receptions in a contest with 11 to help Colorado snap a 14-game conference losing streak by beating slumping California 41-24 on a windy Saturday. Liufau also tossed three TD passes as he outplayed fellow freshman Jared Goff, who struggled to ignite the offense as the Bears (1-10, 0-8 Pac-12) dropped their 13th straight league game.

Nelson Spruce and Richardson each went over the 100-yard receiving mark for Colorado (4-6, 1-6). Spruce had eight catches for 140 yards and Richardson had 140 yards. Richardson now has 1,201 yards receiving this year, a new single-season record at Colorado. It was Colorado's first league win since beating Washington State 35-34 on Sept. 22, 2012. The victory also keeps the Buffaloes' bowl chances afloat as they host USC next week and close out the season at Utah. - AP Sports

10/19/2013 - Quarterback Sefo Liufau won his first career start Saturday thanks to fellow freshman Michael Adkins' four touchdown runs in Colorado's 43-10 rout of lower-tier Charleston Southern in a rare mid-October breather for the Buffaloes. Adkins set the school freshman record with his four TDs, capped by a 34-yard run with six minutes left, making him the first Colorado running back to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Lawrence Vickers did it against Missouri in 2005.

Adkins finished with 137 yards on 13 carries for a 10.5-yard average. Liufau completed 14 of 20 passes for 198 yards. He connected with Paul Richardson eight times for 122 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown as the Buffaloes (3-3) snapped a three-game skid in which they'd been walloped by a combined 106 points, stretching their Pac-12 losing streak to 11. - AP Sports

09/11/2013 - Richardson tries to grab share of record...Richardson missed all of last season with a torn ACL as Colorado went 1-11. His return has helped the Buffaloes get off to a 2-0 start under new coach Mike MacIntyre. "I think we have great confidence, but it's stemming from these coaches," Richardson said. "They changed our whole attitude. You can see that we don't have that 'cave in' mentality, we rise to the occasion." MacIntyre said Richardson has made his job easier. "P-Rich is the most explosive player I've seen, for sure," he said.

Colorado is 2-0 for the first time since 2008 as it prepares to host Fresno State, which beat CU 69-14 last season. 'Winning is a lot more fun than losing," cornerback Parker Orms said. "We're 2-0 right now and we've just got to move forward and we want to be 3-0. We're making big plays and it's fun. I'm getting goose bumps out there playing and that's what you want."

Colorado was last in the nation last season, giving up 46 points per game. The Buffs have allowed just 45 points in two games this year. "To be almost dead last in defense last year compelled us to go into this summer, fall camp, and spring and work on everything that we messed up on last year and we are definitely improving," Orms said. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - Scouting the Colorado passing game: Connor Wood and Paul Richardson have become the top pass-and-catch combo in the nation as Richardson has a nation-best 417 receiving yards while ranking second with 21 catches. Nelson Spruce has also given Wood a reliable target with 12 catches for 161 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - Richardson tries to grab share of record...If Paul Richardson can get over 200 receiving yards once again Saturday against Fresno State, he would tie an NCAA record. The junior had 10 catches for 208 yards in a season-opening win over Colorado State and added 209 yards on a school-record 11 catches against Central Arkansas. He also had two touchdown catches in both games. Richardson has the only two 200-yard receiving games in the country this year and he could tie the NCAA record for most consecutive 200-yard games this weekend.

Tulsa's Howard Twilley had three straight 200-yard games in 1965 and Nevada's Trevor Insley did it in 1999. Richardson leads the nation with 417 receiving yards. "All goes to our offensive line and our quarterback," Richardson said. "We were fortunate to notice blown coverages." Richardson created mismatches against Central Arkansas. "He ran by us the first time, flat out ran by us," Central Arkansas coach Clint Conque said. "He also ran a couple nice routes." - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2013 - His knee finally mended, Paul Richardson is baffling and burning defensive backs as he leads the nation in yards receiving. The already speedy Colorado junior wideout believes he's even quicker since his return from a torn left ACL that kept him sidelined all last season. That's right, quicker. Hard to argue since Richardson has turned in back-to-back 200-yard performances to help a downtrodden Buffaloes program reel off two straight wins, doubling their total from a year ago.

His 21 catches and 417 yards are gaudy numbers sure to earn him more attention on the field, beginning Saturday when the Buffaloes host Fresno State. The electric Richardson insisted he's ready for the extra coverage, maintaining he's better prepared - and definitely quicker - than he was before his injury.

"I've grown up a lot. I've gotten a little bit stronger, gotten faster, and think those things have helped me," said Richardson, who tore his ACL during spring practice in April 2012 and took a redshirt season. "I can read coverages better, too. I can find sweet spots in the coverages." "I don't think anyone could have envisioned this," the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Richardson said. "I'm very grateful. I wanted to start out fast and wanted us to do well early on, but never expected it to be this well." "Film work is my TV right now," said Richardson, who is good friends with All-American receiver Marqise Lee of USC. "I do homework, watch film, do homework, watch film and then go to bed." - AP Sports

09/09/2013 - Colorado junior Paul Richardson may be the best receiver in the country. As a sophomore, Richardson set the school record with 284 receiving yards in one game and he is getting close to that mark again. Richardson leads the nation with 417 receiving yards through two games and has four touchdown catches.

Richardson had 11 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns against Central Arkansas. He had 10 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening win over Colorado State. He can tie the NCAA record for most consecutive games with 200 yards receiving or more next week against Fresno State. "All (credit) goes to our offensive line and our quarterback," Richardson said. "We're fortunate to notice blown coverages. We're fortunate for Connor (Wood) to instead of throwing the ball away or ducking his head and running, every time he scrambles, he looks downfield.

Richardson missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in spring drills. His return has rejuvenated Colorado's passing game that was so ineffective during last year's one-win season. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2013 - Paul Richardson topped 200 yards receiving for the second time in six days, and his second touchdown grab helped Colorado outlast FCS power Central Arkansas 38-24 Saturday night. Overcoming four turnovers, Connor Wood found Richardson all alone for a 30-yard touchdown that broke a 24-all tie with 9:16 left. It followed freshman Chidobe Awuzie's takeaway. Richardson also had a 55-yard TD catch to start the scoring. He finished with 209 yards on 11 catches, which followed his 10-catch, 208-yard performance in Colorado's win over Colorado State in its opener.

The Buffaloes (2-0) snapped a six-game losing streak at Folsom Field and improved to 2-2 against lower-tier schools. In their first game against a Big-12 school, the Bears (1-1) of the Southland Conference were in line for their second win over a FCS opponent to go with their victory against Western Kentucky in 2009 when things fell apart in the fourth. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - Impressive start to MacIntyre era...The Mike MacIntyre era got off to a great start. Colorado opened the season with a 41-27 win over rival Colorado State in a neutral-site game in Denver. The Buffs matched last season's win total with the victory and avenged a loss to the Rams last season. "I am just really excited for the kids, including our seniors who have had three different coaches," said MacIntyre, who was hired from San Jose State to replace Jon Embree, who won just four games in two seasons as coach. "There is nothing like the first game and then you add into it that it is a rivalry game at a stadium divided 50-50 and a lot of excitement and emotion goes into it."

Colorado trailed 24-23 before outscoring the Rams 18-3 in the fourth quarter. The 41 points were more than the Buffaloes scored in any game last season. Paul Richardson returned after missing all of last season with a torn ACL and had 10 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns. The Buffaloes play their home opener against Central Arkansas, which is ranked No. 5 in FCS. MacIntyre is well aware that seven FCS schools beat an FBS opponent last weekend. "It was great to see the joy on our kids' faces, how their hard work paid off for a great win, but it was just one game," he said. "Now we have to put that behind us and work on the next game against a good Central Arkansas team. The way it went last week with seven FCS wins is pretty amazing." - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Paul Richardson had 10 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. He now has two of the school's four 200-yard receiving games and moved up to 10th in school history with 1,277 receiving yards. He brought the big plays that Colorado missed last year with touchdown receptions of 82 and 75 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2013 - WEEK 1 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wide receiver Paul Richardson, a junior from Los Angeles, Calif., caught 10 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the Buff's 41-27 season-opening win over Colorado State on Sunday. Two of his receptions went for 75 yards or more, including an 82-yard touchdown reception from Connor Wood to open the game. It was Richardson's first game back after missing all of the 2012 season rehabbing a knee injury that ended his 2011 campaign early. The over-200 yard performance was the only one in the nation over the weekend and just the fourth in Colorado history. Richardson now owns two of those four efforts, with the first one coming against California in 2011 where he set the school mark of 284 receiving yards. Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Travis Wilson of UTAH, Brett Hundley of UCLA and Sean Mannion of OREGON STATE, running backs Daniel Jenkins of Arizona, Tre Madden of USC and Bishop Sankey of WASHINGTON, and wide receiver Chris Harper of California. - Pac-12 football

09/01/2013 - Greg Henderson scored on a 53-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter and Connor Wood threw three touchdown passes - two to speedster Paul Richardson - to help Colorado beat Colorado State 41-27 on Sunday in Mike MacIntyre's coaching debut for the Buffaloes. Wood often connected with Richardson, who was back on the field after missing last season because of a torn left ACL. Richardson finished with 10 catches for 208 yards. He had an 82-yard TD catch on Colorado's first pass play and sealed it with a 75-yard grab late in the fourth.

The Buffs have had four 200-yard receiving games in school history, two by Richardson. He had a school-record 284 yards receiving against California in 2011. Wood was steady in the pocket all day, throwing for 400 yards. Joe Hansley highlighted a strong showing on special teams for the Rams by scoring on a 74-yard punt return. Kapri Bibbs added two TDs, including one set up by Thomas Coffman's 84-yard kickoff return. - AP Sports

09/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Paul Richardson has been waiting for this season for more than one year. Richardson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the spring of 2012. He missed all of last season and Colorado sorely missed his production. In two seasons, Richardson has 73 receptions for 1,069 yards and 11 touchdowns, making him clearly the top target for the Buffs. He had a school-record 284 receiving yards against California as a sophomore. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: WR Paul Richardson - The 6-foot-1, 170-pound junior had 73 catches for 1,069 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament that forced him to miss last season. As a sophomore, he set a school record with 284 receiving yard on a record-tying 11 catches against California. He is the playmaker that Colorado's offense was missing last year, but said he is 100 percent this season. "It was a humbling experience not being able to compete with my teammates and you can't help but wonder and think about what I could be doing to help them," he said. "During the offseason I took time to gain weight, get stronger, faster, get healthy so I would be able to help my guys during the offseason heading into fall camp." - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP COLORADO PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Paul Richardson (6-1, 176, 4.48)*...Possessing a lanky frame, pure speed and the vision to make the spectacular happen once the ball is in his hands, Richardson exploded onto the national scene as a true freshman, breaking the school record with six receiving touchdowns in 2010 and earning comparisons to everyone from DeSean Jackson to Antonio Brown along the way. Though the Buffs' struggled at quarterback in 2011, Richardson still demonstrated his big-play ability, catching 39 passes for 555 yards and another five scores while missing four full games (and parts of several others) due to a torn MCL.

Unfortunately, the injury bug didn't leave Richardson following the 2011 season, as he suffered a torn ACL during spring practices April 9, ending his 2012 campaign before it could even begin. Doctors cleared him to begin running in early July and for a brief time there was some talk that he'd try to play last season. Ultimately, Richardson, his parents and the Colorado coaching staff decided that he should fully recuperate rather than rush and jeopardize his future. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP COLORADO PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Paul Richardson (6-1, 176, 4.48)*...Richardson's big play ability should make him a game-changer in MacIntyre's wide-open offense. It was clear that the coaching staff wanted to feature him during the spring game, calling for several long bombs to the athletic pass-catcher. Richardson appeared every bit as explosive as he did prior to the injuries but did drop two catchable passes in the game. The season opener against rival Colorado State on Sept. 1 will mark 17 months since his last action. As such, expect Richardson to be as scrutinized this fall as any player in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - GOOD PLAYERS ON NOT SO GOOD TEAMS: 5) Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado. The Buffaloes went 1-11 last season with their best offensive weapon, the speedy Richardson, recovering from a serious knee injury. Colorado won't be much better under new coach Mike MacIntyre, but a healthy Richardson will give the Buffs at least one legitimate big-play threat. - Ralph D. Russo, AP Sports

07/20/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Paul Richardson, Colorado, JR...Richardson enters his junior year 25th in receptions (73), 21st in receiving yards (1,069) and ninth in touchdowns (11) ... Sidelined for the entire 2012 season after suffering a torn ACL the last week of spring practice, thus was redshirted ... He had 39 receptions for 55 yards and five touchdowns in 2011, good for third on the team in both categories. - Colorado football


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