Potential San Diego Chargers 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Colorado WR Paul Richardson

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Sep 7, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Paul Richardson (6) reacts after a long reception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Central Arkansas Bears at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Time for us to check out another wide receiver. I can’t help but fall in love with these guys and this draft is so deep with receivers. We just talked about all the hype that is surrounding Cody Latimer in the draft and how he could be rising to the first round, but that just means that the Chargers should be looking in a different direction. There are too many other options that the team can take in the later rounds at the position.

One option that has the speed that everyone has been begging for is Colorado WR Paul Richardson. Richardson stands at 6-foot-0, 175 pounds and ran a 4.40-second 40 at the NFL Combine. The man can fly on the field.

He is projected to be a 2nd round selection and could be a player the Chargers consider with the 57th overall selection. His speed is ridiculous and he is able to break free from press coverage easily. He will beat teams with the big play down the field and can make things happen after the catch. He would stretch out that defense and force teams to be aware of the deep ball.

On the down side, Richardson doesn’t have the best hands when people are hanging on him. He needs to work on that part of his game. He is not going to do much blocking down the field with his small frame and that small frame would be a concern for his durability.

He has a lot of upside, but the question marks that surround him would make me hesitant to take him in the 2nd round. Those hands would be the biggest concern. If he was available in the 3rd round, he would be a steal.

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  • Eli Rodriguez

    I wouldn’t mind him in the second if he’s the best player available.

  • Rob Base

    I’m sold that one handed grab was sick! Sign him up!

  • Julien Bélair

    Really like him!

  • Sergio Quintero

    I would like more in the 3rd round, the 170 lbs and history of injuries has to be a factor, but he is exactly what chargers need in terms of being a vertical stretch WR.

    Seems like Moncrief wont be there in the 3rd round, who is WR you guys would like in the 2nd round??

    For me 2nd round: Moncrief, Latimore
    3rd round: Richardson, Landry

    • navw21

      I like all the guys you mentioned. What are your thoughts on UCLA’s Shaq Evans. I see him in the fourth round.

      • Sergio Quintero

        My guys in the 4th: I like Josh Huff & Bruce Ellington more than Evans, more productive and explosive in their play.

        • navw21

          I like Josh Huff in the fourth as well. But I think he will go in the third. Im not big on Ellington he’s more of a slot receiver to me. Kevin Norwood? This WR class is so deep… to many choices. LOL

          • Sergio Quintero

            Norwood reminds of Vincent Brown, doesn’t have that one tool that is special, can he outproduce his tools???

          • navw21

            If I could have any WR from this draft. It would be Jordan Matthews from Vandy hopefully in the third but probably in the second.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Before you tell me Brandin Cooks is too small, watch these 2 videos, and watch how well he tracks the ball in the air in particular long throws, and watch the ball skills, plus the dude has magic in his feet:

          • navw21

            So when would you take Cooks? I don’t think he’d be there for our 1st rounder.

          • Sergio Quintero

            First off I think the chargers are taking a CB until proven otherwise, Kyle Fuller is my favorite of the cluster at 25.

            If Latimer is getting so much hype, all it takes for Cooks to fall, is that a team that should take him, takes Latimer, Lee or Benjamin who seem to be behind him.

            The plan seems to be CB or NT, but if a surprise player like Cooks, Beckham or Barr is there I would switch the plan and take the best player.

          • Daniel Sutter

            Cooks tries to be way too fancy. Idk but i didnt like what i saw in those videos or any of his highlights. His speed alone worked in college but but thats all i saw. He has absolutly no verticle in him. If we needed another slot reciever then I’d be down but we need an outside guy. So Im gonna say it, he’s too small…

    • Julien Bélair

      Totaly agree and moncrief is my first choice after Adams

  • Daniel Sutter

    Dude looks ridiculously fast!

  • Aaron Johnson

    If CBS is correct when they state that he “Generally plucks the ball cleanly out of the air with his hands, securing it quickly. Can track the ball over either shoulder and flashes the ability to dive and haul in the extraordinary catch.”

    With Rivers throwing to him, I don’t see the knock of bad hands in traffic being a huge factor. It’s something to improve upon but the way Rivers throws (think Vincent Jackson in tripple coverage against the Ravens for reference 1min 39sec in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhxV7LATBwg) I dont think he will need to worry about that as much.

    • Alter Ego

      I miss Vincent…I really do.

      • Gunnar Martin

        VJax was better as a Charger. Much, much better.

    • Aaron Johnson

      I guess i wasn’t logged in when I posted this last night.

  • Alter Ego

    We need a a diamond in the 3rd…Defense first and second rounds…PLEASE…then WR. Lightning strikes again for the Bolts in the third – go Telesco!

  • Jordan Denning

    I recently graduated from Colorado and have season tickets to the buffs so I am a bit biased. I would love to see him on the Chargers, and I wouldn’t complain about taking him in the second, but I feel he may be more of a third round talent with his build. Watched him all season burn by the best Pac 12 corners though

  • shane

    6’0″ 170, that is really really small. He’s like a tavon autin who’s ultra QUICK and fast at 5’8″, i’d rather a 6’0 receiver be closer to 200 lbs ala vincent brown. @170 dude’s gonna get messed up