Every year in the NFL draft, more and more college players/draft picks are making an immediate impact for their teams in the NFL. Franchises in the National Football League are now drafting college prospects with the intention to start these young recruits on their first year. Organizations are less willing to wait for something to happen with players nowadays. These NFL organizations want results and they want them right away.
For a few years now, the quarterback position has dominated the number one overall pick. There was Matthew Stafford in 2009, Sam Bradford in 2010, Cam Newton in 2011 and most likely will either be Andrew Luck/Robert Griffin III in 2012.
It’s not surprising that many teams are focused on landing the top quarterback. After all, every franchise needs a talented QB in order to make noise in the league on a yearly basis.
However, what is amazing is that through these couple of years [2009-present], not one single RB has been drafted in the Top 5. CJ Spiller proved to be the closest in 2010 drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the ninth overall pick. The main point here is that while there are other important positions, not one running back has showed enough talent worthy of a top 5 pick. That soon will change in 2012.
His name is Trent Richardson. A running back that played for Alabama, won two BCS National Championships and a SEC Championship in the three years he was with the university before committing to the NFL.
Many have already compared Richardson to current all-star running back, Adrian Peterson given his blazing speed and physique. Others have even mentioned Hall of Famer, Emmitt Smith due to Richardson’s explosiveness and running style. Comparisons are great, but sometimes they never seem to be correct. In Richardson’s case, I believe the hype. You guys should too.
If it weren’t for so many teams that were desperate for a quarterback, Trent Richardson would most likely be drafted even higher. T-Rich’s projection currently seems to be within the top 3-5 pick overall. If this happens, Trent Richardson would be the first running back to be chosen in the Top 5 in a long time.
To all the non-believers, don’t be fazed by Richardson’s Pro Day. Many scouts believed he should’ve run a faster 40 [40-yard dash]. Richardson also intended to break the record on the bench, but the Crimson Tide RB only managed to record 25 reps. Calm down people, the guy was only 70% at the time. When healthy, Trent Richardson is as dynamic as they come.
Trent Richardson Highlights
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