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NFL Draft: Paul Richardson selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 45th pick

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Richardson is heading to the Super Bowl champions.

Doug Pensinger

That happened even sooner than many expected... Buffaloes receiver Paul Richardson is now a member of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Former USC head coach Pete Carroll selected Richardson with the 45th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the 13th pick of the second round. He was the seventh receiver taken in what is considered to be a very deep class for the position. Marqise Lee and Jordan Matthews were off the board before Paul in the second round. 

Richardson has the talent to be a factor in year one on a team that obviously doesn't have very many holes (as much as Broncos fans won't want to admit it). He won't be expected to be a difference maker but he will have an opportunity to earn his way onto the field from day one. With the loss of Golden Tate to Detroit and Sidney Rice coming off of an injury the wide receiver position for the Seahawks is up in the air. Percy Harvin commands the attention of opposing defenses (when he can stay healthy) and Marshawn Lynch gives the Seattle wideouts the room they need to work. 

If it wasn't clear already (it damn well should have been) it's clear now that Richardson made the right decision to enter the draft a year early. A great Buffalo has landed in a fantastic spot (very similar to David Bakhtiari last year) and I, for one, couldn't be happier.