Receiver Scouting Report

Two of the Pac-12's hottest receivers are highlighted in this week's scouting report, Marquess Wilson (WSU) and Paul Richardson (Colorado). Richardson has played just 15 games in a CU uniform, he already has 10 touchdown receptions, including four games with two TD catches. WSU sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson had the best game of his young career two weeks ago at San Diego State, catching six passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson had an 80-yard touchdown reception on WSU's first play and added a 78-yard scoring reception later in the contest.

Marquess Wilson

WR, Washington State
6-foot-3, 185lbs.

Strengths
Prototype size, soft hands, can catch in traffic. Good runner after the catch. Very consistent and productive. Smart and instinctive route runner. Makes plays in every game.

Weaknesses
Lacks great speed. Long strider who lacks innate quickness off the line of scrimmage. Needs to improve blocking. Needs to get stronger.

Summary
After leading the Cougars in receiving yards with 1,006 in 2010, Wilson is at it again, averaging an impressive 28.6 yards per catch on 15 grabs. The talented sophomore can go get the football and tracks it well, especially with bodies around him. He is a sure-handed big receiver who might lack some deep speed but gets open downfield  at will and is constantly making big plays for the Cougars. He needs to add some bulk to his frame, but Wilson is one of the more exciting wideouts in the country right now.

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Paul Richardson

WR, Colorado
6-foot-1, 170lbs.

Strengths
Fluid runner. Good speed, soft hands. Can run after the catch. Excellent route runner. Can make the big play. Very consistent. Aware vs. coverages and knows how to get open. Good competitor.

Weaknesses
Needs to add weight and strength as his body is on the small side. Lacks top end speed and burst. Needs to improve his down field blocking effort. Not a returner.

Summary
This dynamite sophomore is the Buffaloes' leading receiver with 22 receptions for 398 yards and 4 scores to date. Can take a short pass and turn it into a long gain with his run after catch skill. Very fluid route runner. Gets out of breaks fast and can snatch the ball in traffic. Soft, dependable hands and doesn't seem to drop many. Competitive kid who wants the ball with the game on the line. He needs to add weight to his frame, but this kid can play and is dangerous every time he touches the football.

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Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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