The list of Paul Richardson comparables is for the most part a group of names that have made very little impact as NFL receivers. Santonio Holmes is by far the most successful of the group, while Mario Manningham probably takes home 2nd place. After that the list is a group of guys where the jury is still out, or where the jury came back and a mistrial was declared. It’s not so much the case that Richardson’s draft cost is going to be so much that a team will face a high leverage situation if they do take him. It’s more the case that when these small receivers come along, even when they’re fairly fast and have impressive college resumes, the upside just isn’t there. Similar to the way that you can’t win the lottery if you don’t play, you can’t draft a #1 WR if you don’t try to draft one.
If you were going to describe the Richardson comps by attributes you would say that they are probably a little too old and too small to be really high upside players. High end prospects typically leave college a little earlier, or are larger physically. On average it’s a fairly fast group, but if you adjust for player size the speed of the group isn’t that impressive. The group does have a ton of college production to point to, both on a raw basis and in terms of Market Share/Dominator Rating. It also may be worth noting that Richardson’s comps average about 12 pounds heavier than he is.