As first reported by Joe Schad of ESPN, Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson has opted to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. There were rumblings of this last week and Richardson could change his mind, but at this point, he is in the draft. The 6’1″ 170lb junior had an incredible year with 83 catches for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging an impressive 16.2 yards per catch.
There will be concerns about his size and strength, but Richardson has consistently found ways to get open and make plays for the Buffaloes against the PAC-12 this season. The Colorado program just finished its first year under head coach Mike MacIntyre and the team finished 4-8 with a 1-8 conference record. The win total is a 3 win uptick from last year but the conference record did not change. Richardson could have conceivably gone back and helped them try to build and improve, but he might be making the smarter decision of going while his stock is at its highest and opting to get paid in the NFL.
Richardson has until January 15th to decide if he wants to change his mind and pull his name out of the process, unless he hires an agent. In that scenario, he is in and there is no going back.