Niles Paul was drafted by the Redskins out of Nebraska joining running Roy Helu and defensive back Dejon Gomes. He will be expected to compete for a job with the wide receivers corps and possibly even special team returning duties.
Keeping in mind that the Redskins selected WR Leonard Hankerson in the third round, Paul seems confident that he can and will be that guy the Redskins can also go to.
“I’m a physical receiver, who’s not afraid to do dirty work and can go in there and block when I have to,” said Paul, who ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. “I can make plays. I thought I was going to get to make a lot of plays, but I spent a lot of time blocking for my boy Roy. But I do think, pound for pound, I was one of the better receivers in the draft. Just from a production standpoint, I didn’t have the numbers.”
Mike Shanahan is also one who is impressed with Paul and his potential despite baggage he carries including a DUI charge.
“I think if you really go into detail and really look what happened, you see a little bit of a mistake there,” Shanahan said. “I think he addressed it through the media. He’s really a quality kid, talking to his coaches and people that have coached him. I don’t think you have to worry about any character issues with him. So I feel very good about him.”