Over the course of this past week, the San Francisco 49ers have been busy with a variety of player visits. They'll have more this week as they continue preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft, and I'd like to try and get a rundown on as many of them as possible.
One visit we missed last week was that of Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson. Matt Barrows reported that Richardson was in town this past Tuesday. The speedy wide receiver is only one of many pass catchers the 49ers are looking at as they try and add some depth to their wide receiver corps.
Richardson has the height, but considering he weighed in at 175 pounds at the NFL Combine, one has to wonder how he'll hold up in the NFL. He'll get access to significant weight training and nutritional benefits in the NFL, so it's certainly not a deal-breaker. However, it is something teams will have to consider. He's dealt with some durability issues, tearing his ACL in 2012 spring practice, and missing the 2012 season. He bounced back in fine form, finishing 2013 with 83 receptions for 1,343 receiving yards and ten touchdowns.
Some have said he needs to play in the slot, but in reading through some of the scouting reports below, he sounds like a guy who could still work out wide. I mention that because the 49ers best slot receiver is likely going to be Anquan Boldin. Although people often associate the slot receiver with smaller speedier guys, some of Boldin's best work has come out of the slot. PFF ranked him ninth in catch rate among receivers performing in the slot. This particular article is a little bit dated, but I think is still somewhat applicable. The 49ers do not necessarily need that smaller speed receiver to move into the slot. Why not find a speed guy who can come from the outside?
Here's a quick rundown of some of Richardson's pertinent measurements from the Combine:
Weight: 175 lbs
Arm length: 32 5/8"
20-yard shuttle (Pro Day): 4.23
3-cone drill: 7.09 (Pro Day: 6.98)