Numerous reports have suggested that Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson is heavily considering forgoing his senior year in Boulder and declaring for the NFL Draft. Richardson has had an outstanding junior year for the Buffaloes, catching 72 passes for 1,289 yards and 10 touchdowns, largely in anonymity because of the struggles of the Colorado program as they currently sit at 4-7. New head coach Mike MacIntyre is working to change things in Boulder, but Richardson may not want to stick around and wait.
The NFL Draft landscape for the wide receiver position is wide open with Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt likely the top senior prospect. This is a position likely to be dominated by underclassmen and Richardson could be the first of a large number of receivers to declare this year. Should he opt to declare, there are many who believe that Richardson could end up in the first or second round round in May.
College players have until January 15th to decide if they want to be in the draft, but a handful of players have already declared. Eric Ebron of North Carolina and Bradley Roby of Ohio State have made their intent to declare early enough, so they could participate in their team’s senior day to celebrate their last home game in college.