Trent Richardson, Drafted Round 1 Pick 3 In The 2012 NFL Draft

“The highest selected running back in the NFL Draft since Reggie Bush.” There was a lot of hype for Trent Richardson going into the 2012 NFL draft, a product of Alabama he seemed like a sure thing which is what lead the Browns to swap picks with the Vikings to ensure they got their man. Richardson started strong, rushing for 950 yards on 267 attempts for 11 touchdowns in his rookie season. He was even ranked the 71st best player in the NFL by his peers. But Richardson’s time in Cleveland was short-lived, he got traded to the Colts the following season after playing in only two games. Somehow the Browns actually made the smart move, nabbing up a first-round pick in exchange for Richardson who never approximated the numbers he did his rookie year and quickly dropped from the league. He last played for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF in 2019. The Richardson pick could’ve been so much more for Cleveland, Luke Kuechly, Fletcher Cox, Melvin Ingram. Just a few in a long list of names the Browns could’ve gotten instead of Trent Richardson. But ultimately just a few years later Cleveland would solve their running back problem, with a guy named Chubb.

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