The Seahawks have selected Colorado WR Paul Richardson in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Richardson, listed at 6-foot, 175, gives the Seahawks a receiver to replace the departed Golden Tate, who signed with the Lions in free agency. He also could be tried as a punt returner, something he said he has been working on lately.
Richardson initially signed with UCLA before being released by the Bruins after being arrested on a felony theft charge and later pleading to a misdemeanor, the same incident that led to Josh Shirley transferring to UW.
He transferred to Colorado and became one of the best receivers in the Pac-12 but suffered a knee injury in 2012 (college stats here).
Seattle made the pick with a selection it acquired from Detroit after trading down earlier in the round, making this the Seahawks’ first selection in the 2014 draft. Seattle also is scheduled to pick at No. 64 overall with the last pick of the second round.
Here’s a CBSSports.com scouting report on Richardson.
It is the highest pick Seattle has used on a receiver since taking Koren Robinson at No. 9 overall in 2001.
Here are some highlights of Richardson:
And here was Richardson’s Twitter reaction to being selected by Seattle: