2018 NFL Draft

Paul Richardson, WR

School: Colorado  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 175 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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2013 Season
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). Undecided if he will return to Colorado for his senior year, 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.
2012 Season
Redshirted...he suffered a torn ACL in the final week of spring practice (April 9) and underwent surgery on April 16; though it was first thought that he would miss the 2012 season for certain, he was able to practice toward the end of the year as he healed quicker expected. But he took the redshirt as planned.
2011 Season
Earned honorable mention sophomore All-American honors from collegefootballnews.com; he made Phil Steele's Mid-Season All-Pac 12 third-team, but a knee injury suffered in practice (Oct. 5) caused him to miss four games during the middle portion of the year derailed him from completing a breakout season. He was one of 95 players on the official watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, as he was added three weeks into the season. He played in nine games (all starts), and despite missing four games and the better part of a fifth, he was third on the team in both receptions (39) and yards (555), while being second in touchdown catches (5). He had six catches of 20 yards or longer, 20 of 10 or more, and earned 27 first downs (26 receiving, 1 rushing and nine on third/fourth down plays out of 14 receptions).He also ran two reverses for 24 yards and had a punt return for four yards. He earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors (along with CU Athlete of the Week and the Colorado NFF Chapter overall honor) for his record-setting game against California. He set a school record for the most receiving yards in a game with 284, doing so on 11 receptions, which tied CU's single-game mark. Two of the catches went for touchdowns, the pair covering 78 and 66 yards, and with 13 other yards (nine rushing, four punt return), he had 297 all-purpose yards, the eighth-most for a single game at Colorado.The 284 yards were the second-most in the NCAA for the season, topped only by Houston's Patrick Edwards, who had 318 against Rice. He earned 10 first downs in the game, a good chunk of the 27 he earned on the season. He had two receiving touchdowns in the third quarter at Hawai'i in the season opener, which tied CU's record for the most in a single quarter (it also matched the most for a half, which he also did in the Cal game). The coaches selected him as the Hale Irwin Award winner following spring practice, the honor going to the top sophomore-to-be.
2010 Season
He earned second-team Freshman All-American honors from collegefootballnews.com and garnered third-team honors from Phil Steele's College Football. In the coaches voting for the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, he received a few votes to earn honorable mention honors in that category. He was named CU's Co-Male Freshman Athlete of the Year Award for all sports (sharing with basketball's Andre Roberson at the school's annual CUSPY's to end the school year), after having won the team's Lee Willard Award as the most outstanding freshman. He also earned second-team All-Colorado honors from the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation. In playing in all 12 games (four starts), he finished third on the team in receptions with 34 as a true freshman in 2010, but was second in both yards (514) and touchdowns (6) in averaging a team-best 15.1 yards per catch. He had a hand in four of CU's top seven longest plays of the season (three of the top five), all passes caught from Cody Hawkins that covered 62, 60, 55 and 50 yards. He set CU freshman single-game records for the most catches (11) and yards (141) at Kansas, also tying the overall mark for most receptions, and established the mark for frosh single-season yardage and TDs. He posted two of the five all-time 100-yard games by Buff freshmen (the other was 121 versus Iowa State). He had first tied the record for freshman receiving touchdowns with two against Texas Tech, when he caught four passes for 79 yards; he was CU's Male Athlete of the Week for both that game and the Kansas contest. One of just seven true freshmen to play for the Buffs in 2010, he joined the team on the second day of practices as a scholarship receiver after originally signing with UCLA.
High School
As a senior, he earned Prep Star and SuperPrep All-America honors, the latter of which ranked him as the No. 26 receiver in the nation and No. 20 player in the Far West region, while Scout.com tabbed him as the No. 141 national prospect (the No. 22 receiver overall) and the No. 20 player in California. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 44 player in the state and the No. 38 receiver nationally, with ESPN.com ranking him as the No. 66 receiver in the country. He was a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, and received votes but fell just shy of honorable mention on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best-In-West squad. He caught 31 passes for 552 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 17.8 yards per catch, with a pair of 100-yard games (3 catches for 128 yards, 2 TDs vs. St. Bernard and 3-100, 2 TDs versus Carson). Del Ray was 15-0 his senior season under coach Scott Altenberg, claiming state, CIF Southern Section and Del Ray League titles; he caught a TD pass in his team's 24-17 title game win. As a junior at Los Alamitos, he caught 48 passes for 809 yards, 16.9 per, with 13 touchdowns and four 100-yard games. Top games that year came in wins against Marina (4 catches for 156 yards and 3 TDs) and versus Narbonne (4-124, 4 TDs). His sophomore year, he pulled down 31 receptions for 587 yards, 18.9 per, and eight touchdowns. He had his prep-best yardage game as a soph, with six receptions for 184 yards and a touchdown in a 13-9 win over Edison. Los Alamitos was 8-3 his junior season and 7-3 as a sophomore under coach John Barnes. Overall in his prep career, he caught 110 passes for 1,948 yards (17.7), with 28 touchdowns and eight 100-yard games. Also played some defensive back sporadically as a prep, with seven pass deflections, two forced fumbles and two recoveries over three seasons. He also lettered in basketball (point guard) and in track (sprints and relays); he had careers bests of 10.62 in the 100-meters, 21.0 in the 200 and 40.66 on the first leg of the 4x400. ACADEMICS: He is enrolled in CU's School of Arts & Sciences, but is undecided on his major.
Injury Report
2012: Missed the season due to a torn knee ligament.
He was born April 13, 1992 in Los Angeles. His hobbies include movies and spending time with friends and family, particularly his 13-year old twin brothers. His family moved from Los Alamitos to Gardena prior to his senior year in high school.