With Richardson leaving for the NFL, he'll hopefully be a guy who CU can point to in attracting recruits. More and more, NFL teams are putting a high price on character. Richardson's got that in bunches. He's smart, well spoken and eminently professional. I think he's got a chance to be a surprise first round pick... but more likely a 2nd or 3rd since NFL teams get nervous about taking WR's early. In any case... we can cope. The receiving corps is seperated into 4 main positions (though different formations could be used to put additional men on the field, and RB can be used creatively.) The "X" position seems to be for possession guys. They type of player you look for when you need a 1st down. Think Eric Decker. The "H" position is more of a slot receiver. Think of them as a Wes Welker type. The "Y" position is where Richardson played. This should be the best overall WR. Someone who can stretch the field and make big plays. This is a Demaryius Thomas type position. The 4th position would also be the TE. A good TE helps the receiving game by forcing a safety or someone to cover them. Here's what we've got right now on the Utah game depth chart: X-Nelson Spruce (6'1'' 205), Tyler McCollough (6'5'' 210) Z- Keenan Canty (5'9'' 165), Wesley Christensen (5'10'' 185) H- DD Goodson (5'6'' 170), Devin Ross (5'9'' 170) TE- Kyle Slavin (6'4'' 240), Sean Irwin (6'3'' 235) So what will change in 2014? X- Spruce had a very good season, McCollough showed some promise in 2012, but was pretty much a non-factor in 2013. You wonder if he might redshirt or move to TE. People talk about Jeff Thomas a lot on this board as a possible heir to Paul Richardson... but I think the X spot is his position. He's not terribly fast, but he's tall and has a good frame. He might push Spruce for playing time here. H- Goodson was pretty much a non factor in 2013, and HCMM seems awfully high on Devin Ross. Would it surprise anyone if Ross became the slot guy? Keenan Canty and/or Wesley Christensen could challenge for time here as well. TE- Does it surprise anyone else that Mac and his staff haven't made much of an effort on the TE front? It doesn't seem there's any interest in JUCOs here. Do they trust their current depth chart? What about Center? Are they higher on him than we thought? Rivals did list offers from Miami, Missouri, Syracuse, Nevada, and Cincinnati for him. Maybe the staff really likes what they see. Z- This is going to be the hardest to fill. We know MacIntyre has mentioned Bobo and Dunston as "guys who can run" but there are also some JUCO guys, transfer players and recruits from UW or USC who might be in play due to all the confusion there. Personally, I like Dunston a lot. He supposedly runs a 4.4 40 and we're always hearing how CU doesn't get enough guys with speed and athleticism. He could be a sleeper to take over depending on how recruiting goes. If Sefo Liufau improves (he won't have PRich to lean on, he'll need to make good reads and quick decisions) and the O-Line can give him time, we may be able to roll into next season without missing Richardson as much as many of us expect. Obviously having him back would be ideal for the Buffaloes, but I can see a WR corps that does okay without him. Three of the four primary receiving positions could show marked improvement in 2014.