I wanted to update the Trent Richardson NFL Draft news after the pro day for players from the Alabaman Crimson Tide. This is going to be big news in the weeks leading up to the draft, because there’s usually no news to speak about in the offseason.
It’s looking more and more like Trent Richardson could be picked by the Cleveland Browns. Trent Richardson ran somewhere between a 4.45 and 4.49 (reported by later sources as 4.59 with mitigating injury factors), after he chose not to run at the NFL Combine. That makes Richardson 2nd among rookie backs in terms of timed speed, after Lamar Miller ran a 4.0 at the combine.
More importantly, Trent Richardson pancaked Browns running backs coach Gary Brown during the workouts.
You might picture some middle-aged coach getting crushed, but Gary Brown was in the NFL for 8 years as a pretty good runner himself and he still looks like he’s built pretty well. Of course, he may not have been set right, but it’s a football field.
Richardson said he’s used to running over people. That might sound crazy to the non-football fan, but that kind of attitude sends a message to scouts, coaches, and other football guys. The axiom “He’d run over his mother to get to the endzone” comes to mind.
The run-up to the NFL Draft is about players making impressions. Some stand out, others make asses of themselves (and lose millions of $$$), and other stand pat. Combine the 40-time in the 4.5 range with the power/aggression in the drills with good hands, running power, and supposed A+ character and it looks like some team won’t be able to live with Trent Richardson. RBs hardly get taken in the Top 5 or 10 of the 1st round of the NFL Draft these days, but the Crimson Tide runner might be an exception. Given the impression Trent Richardson must have made on the Browns coaching staff today, it’s looking more and more like they might be the ones.
That means I might have to draft him myself #1 in my keeper league draft, a pick I got after trading Dez Bryant and two 2nd rounders for a 1st, 5th, and Miles Austin. The Browns fan in the league is already starting to talk about making a trade for that 1st pick, but if he’s going to be a real difference maker in the NFL, I don’t want to be the knucklehead who traded him away in a dynasty league. All in all, I hope the Cleveland Browns pass and Richardson gets scooped up by a team that I have more confidence in.
If you want to read the whole story, here the Washington Post story on Trent Richardson’s Pro Day workout.