Seahawks sign 2014 second-round draft choice Paul Richardson

Posted May 20, 2014

Wide receiver Paul Richardson, the Seahawks' first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has signed his rookie contract.

Seahawks 2014 second-round draft choice Paul Richardson has signed his rookie contract with the club.

"FINALLY SIGNED. ITS OFFICIAL!" Richardson tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

Richardson, the speedy 6-foot, 183-pound wide receiver out of Colorado, was the Seahawks' first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was selected at No. 45 overall after a pair of trades with the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions that saw Seattle's first pick move from No. 32 to No. 40 to No. 45, while adding picks in the later rounds of the draft.

“I’m so appreciative right now," Richardson told reporters on a conference call shortly after hearing his name called in the draft. "I’m so blessed with this opportunity, I’m still like excited. It hit me, but it hasn’t hit me. I’m just overwhelmed right now in a good way.”

At Colorado, Richardson racked up 156 catches for 2,412 yards and 21 touchdowns. He's been clocked at 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash and captured All-American and All-Pac 12 honors in 2013 with the Buffaloes, when he was named the Zach Jordan Award winner as the team's most valuable player.

Richardson came away with one of the highlight plays from this past weekend's rookie minicamp, blowing past 2014 sixth-round draft choice Eric Pinkins for a 60-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Keith Price. Richardson banged his shoulder during the first day of camp and didn't participate the rest of the weekend, but the injury isn't expected to be serious.

"He’ll be fine," head coach Pete Carroll said at the conclusion of minicamp this past Sunday. "He should be back in a couple of days.”

The signing of Richardson leaves the Seahawks with four unsigned draft choices: wide receiver Kevin Norwood, tackles Justin Britt and Garrett Scottand linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.