At bet365, we don’t do ordinary.
And neither does Washington Commanders offensive lineman Chris Paul.
Out of Tulsa and selected by the Commanders in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Paul has made a mark both on and off the field in fewer than two pro seasons.
After making one start across his first season and a half in DC, Paul has logged three-straight starts at left guard since Week 8. He’s yet to miss an offensive snap.
Paul’s positional versatility makes him an ideal depth piece in head coach Ron Rivera’s squad. Standing at 6-foot-4, 324 pounds, Paul played four of five positions on the O-line while at Tulsa, and can slot in most any position on the line where needed.
Paul’s relationship with Commanders starting QB Sam Howell goes back before they were teammates in Washington, too. The pair were teammates at the 2022 Senior Bowl, where they forged a bond they have since rekindled in burgundy and gold.
Both players’ first career starts came in 2022 Week 18 against the Cowboys.
“It’s the coolest thing in the world,” Paul said of his relationship with Howell. “Last week of last season, with the Dallas game, we looked at each other like, ‘let’s ride, let’s go.’”
“There’s a lot under this helmet,” says Paul.
In addition to serving on NCAA student-athlete committees while in college, spearheading mental health campaigns, called ‘Powerful Minds,’ and working with charities, notably ‘Athletes For Hope,’ Paul is best known for his musical talents.
Under artist name ‘The Seventh,’ Paul released a music video titled ‘Mother Nature’ while in college. The Texas native specializes in R&B vocals and has ‘more than 100 songs in the vault,’ according to a 2022 article from The Independent.
“You have Chris Paul the NFL player, then the music side is all the way over here. Out the frame,” Paul said. “It’s completely different. I really do like that type of multi-dimensional aspect.”
‘The Seventh’ has only performed for his Commanders teammates once – during the age-old tradition of rookies singing or performing in front of the team as a form of initiation.
“[My teammates] are always surprised that I do music,” Paul said. “When we did the rookie skit, I sang up there. I did kind of a different presentation. I was teaching them about the keys and stuff, and they were like ‘Boo, just sing.’”