"As late as 2001, Mark Norell and colleagues analyzed a large survey of coelurosaur [maniraptor] fossils and produced the tentative result that dromaeosaurids were most closely related to birds, with troodontids as a more distant outgroup. They even suggested that Dromaeosauridae could be paraphyletic [ancestral] relative to Avialae."
I am quoting this because it sheds light on the word "paraphyletic".
"Paraphyletic" means ANCESTRAL!
It would be a helpful exercise to substitute the word "ancestral" whenever we see the word "paraphyletic".
There is certainly nothing wrong with being "paraphyletic" since it simply means ANCESTRAL.