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.