Paul Richardson does not weigh 175 pounds.
"Today I weighed in at 175.9," Richardson proudly stated during his NFL scouting combine interview Friday.
The scale reading is more significant than University of Colorado Buffaloes program buyers might have thought. Speed is Richardson's strength, even after missing the entire 2012 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that he suffered during a spring practice.
He was terrific in his rebound junior season in 2013, catching 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Buffs finished an improved 4-8, but they might have been 0-12 if not for Richardson. Check out his numbers in CU's four victories: 40 catches, 679 yards and five touchdowns — an average of 10 receptions and 170 yards per victory.
After four years in the CU program, three seasons on the field, he understandably declared himself eligible for the NFL draft, where he is projected as a second- or third-round pick.