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

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Here is the scouting report from CBS Sports:

STRENGTHS: Terrific athlete who appeared every bit as agile and explosive in 2013 after missing the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL. Very good straight-line speed making him an excellent option on vertical routes. Savvy route-runner who alters his gait off the line and throughout his route to gain separation from cornerbacks. Sinks his hips and explodes out of his breaks.
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.

Good vision to set up blocks. Good bloodlines. Father, Paul, Sr., played wide receiver in the NFL with Philadelphia, Oakland, Green Bay and the New York Jets.

WEAKNESSES: Very slim build and has struggled with durability throughout his career. Doesn’t track the ball over his shoulder as well as he should for a receiver who makes his living on big plays. Too often senses the oncoming defender and allows the pass to slip through his fingers. Doesn’t offer much as a downfield blocker.

Here are his highlights. He even looks faster on the field:

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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