FanPost

Paul Richardson Player Profile

Paul Richardson - WR #6 - University of Colorado

Height: 6' 3/8"

Weight: 175 lbs.

Arms: 32 5/8"

Hands: 8 7/8"

Vs. Oregon

In these films, Paul Richardson will be going against #27 Terrance Mitchell (Projected 3rd day in 2014) and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Top 10 CB prospect in 2015)

Here, matched up against Terrance Mitchell, Richardson shows his straight line speed. This, I believe, is his greatest asset. He ran a 4.40 forty at the combine, and that speed shows up when he's asked to run straight downfield.

Here, Richardson is matched up against Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and displays that great straight line speed again. He quickly eats up the corner's cushion and continues to accelerate and break away from the defender. However, he misreads the ball in flight, looks for the defender, and breaks his stride. A big play opportunity is squandered due to a lapse in concentration.

Matched up again against Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Richardson gets a great release on his fade route. Richardson makes a great one-handed catch while laying out. Ekpre-Olomu is called for pass interference on the play. After all my film reviews of wideouts, this is one of the most impressive catches I've seen to date.

Matched up against Terrance Mitchell, Richardson displays his great release. He's never physical at the LOS, preferring to dip and shake, but he does it well. You can also see his superior acceleration in this film. At the end, Richardson drops a good pass that hits him directly in the hands.

Vs. Utah

In these films, Paul Richardson will be going up against #1 Keith McGill (projected 3rd day in 2014).

p richardson drop1 on Make A Gif

Here, Richardson breaks away from McGill down the sideline but again drops the easy catch. Richardson has very small hands for a 6 foot wideout, but catches like this are routine and are almost always the result of a lapse in concentration.

If GIF doesn't work, click here

Where do I start? Richardson is being given a 5 yard cushion by McGill. He's lined up off the LOS, but doesn't step up when the TE goes in motion. He gets called for illegal formation. Then, he doesn't run a crisp route. McGill sees him round his out-cut and breaks immediately, almost intercepting the ball. He could've caused his team a turnover, instead he cost them 5 yards.

If GIF doesn't work, click here

Here, McGill is giving a big cushion to Richardson. Richardson runs a hitch route, and catches a poorly thrown ball. After the catch, he makes a nice little shake to pick up 5 yards in a flash.

If GIF doesn't work, click here

Again, Richardson displays that great straight-line speed. He eats up that corner's cushion and gets behind him. The ball is overthrown, but Richardson lays out and almost makes an amazing catch.

Vs. USC

One clip here versus Josh Shaw (Top 10 CB in 2015)

In this film, I wanted to show Richardson matched up against someone with similar speed. Richardson tries to accelerate past him to the outside, but cannot beat him. Luckily, the ball is under-thrown. Richardson blatantly pushes off, but goes up and high points the ball, and brings it down to complete the reception.

Great Catches/Concentration

In these two clips, Richardson is not going up against top caliber corners.

The ball is overthrown and behind, but Richardson maintains his speed and makes a very pretty leaping and spinning catch.

The corner is grabbing him and bumping him but Richardson is still able to make a sick concentration catch.

Conclusion

Paul Richardson is a good receiver who needs a lot of polish. He is not an accomplished or precise route runner and has too many concentration lapses. I worry that the speed of NFL corners will take his straight-line threat away, leaving him with not much else in his repertoire. On the other hand, he played on a bad team and that likely diminished his production. Unfortunately, I don't see him having much success at the NFL level unless he significantly improves his game in several categories.

FanPosts are written by community members. This is simply a way for community members to express opinions too long to be contained in a comment.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Big Blue View

You must be a member of Big Blue View to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Blue View. You should read them.

Join Big Blue View

You must be a member of Big Blue View to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Blue View. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker