This is not a story for the re-drafters out there. Seahawks second-round rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson is penciled in as the No. 5 wideout in the most conservative offense in the league. He will probably have the ball in his hands most often as a punt returner this season. But what he has done so far is making his coaches confident that they have a future star in their hands.
"He continues to show that he's really, really fast, and he can get up on you, and he's real comfortable catching everything that you throw at him," head coach Pete Carroll said of Richardson on Tuesday. "We're real excited about Paul and hopefully we'll just keep learning him and figuring him out and figure out how to best utilize his talents. He got talents; he's really quick in and out of his breaks. I love his catching range, so we'll try to figure it out, but we're real excited right now."
Speed and big-play ability are the main reasons why Seattle choose the Colorado product with the 45th pick in May. Richardson ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the combine. He scored 21 times in three collegiate seasons and averaged an absolutely insane 40 yards per touchdown.
However, the 183-pound Richardson has struggled with knee injuries -- He tore an MCL in 2011 and missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL. Whether his slight frame can hold up in the NFL is a big question mark. He also doesn't add anything as a blocker, which will severely limit his playing time in Seattle's offense. But with some experience, added strength and refined route-running, Richardson should carve out a prominent role in Seattle's receiving corps. That all comes with time, so he's a dynasty prospect more than anything else.