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Old 01-28-2012   #1
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Default Trent Richardson RB Alabama

2011 GRADE: 8.5 HT: 5-11 WT: 224

This kid on every breakdown I see has very high grades yet most mocks have him falling because of shelf life of RBs. Its a shame the guys who sacrifice thier bodies the most dont get the pay day they should.

Scouting Report by http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/...l&player=40813
A physically strapped together running back with a muscular lower half, very strong legs and chiseled upper body. Carries his weight well and is an absolute freak in the weight room. Possesses an aggressive running style and his combination of power and initial explosion is rare. The guy breaks about as many tackles as I've seen at the college level since Adrian Peterson. Showcases a "plus" initial burst when asked to press the hole, reaches top end speed quickly and runs with good forward lean. Exhibits natural bend in the knees when picking his way through traffic and showcases the foot quickness and fluidity to make sharp/sudden cuts at full speed and make defenders miss in tight areas. Isn't a dynamic make you miss athlete from a standstill position. However, he's patient when asked to set up blocks, exhibits impressive power/balance in his lower half allowing him to step through would be tackles and create a ton of yards through contact. Loves to create collisions and is the kind of guy who is going to shorten his shelf life in the NFL because of it. However, possesses the physical make-up to consistently run through arm tackles, run over defenders and keep the chains moving. Is also adept running from the gun. Sells the misdirection well, but likes to get his legs churning quickly up the field. Is also a much better perimeter runner than given credit for, accelerating around the edge with good bend and sharply putting his foot in the ground when side stepping a defender.

Has really improved his patience and overall feel between the tackles from a year ago as well. Does a much better job picking his way through traffic, setting up blocks and than accelerating through daylight, as opposed to simply trying out sprit and run over any defender in his path. Lacks elite top end speed and isn't a guy who can simply outpace angles at the second level. However, is still a big play threat because of his ability to make defenders miss and break tackles at the second level. Is much more agile/sudden than given credit for and will catch the football out of the backfield as well. Has the frame and toughness to hold his own in blitz pick-up and is a guy who can play all three downs in the NFL.

Impression: The best running back prospect I've seen since Adrian Peterson. His running style might limit his shell life a bit in the NFL. However, he's the kind of back you can ride like a rented mule from day one and should become one of the NFL's top runners early on.




I think a long list of teams will regret passing on Trent Richardson.
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Default Re: Trent Richardson RB Alabama

How crazy would it be if Texans grabed him can you imagine how upset Foster would be. The fans would be going nuts too. lol Texans would say Trent was BPA could not pass the talent.
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I do not care for Trent Richarson....

I don't think he sucks, but if I just don't think he is all that...
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I do not care for Trent Richarson....

I don't think he sucks, but if I just don't think he is all that...
Trent is strong, explosive, has great vision & wants the ball in big game situations. Teams passed on LT & AD in comparison to BPA. To me he is the #4 NFL prospect in this draft behind only Luck, RG3 & Blackmon.
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Trent is strong, explosive, has great vision & wants the ball in big game situations. Teams passed on LT & AD in comparison to BPA. To me he is the #4 NFL prospect in this draft behind only Luck, RG3 & Blackmon.
I think he tries to rely more on physical ability rather than an actual feel for the game.

I think he will be a good back, I just don't think he will be great UNLESS he becomes a little more patient, improves his feel for running lanes/vision.

He has all the tools and a killer work ethic, but I think he will be a good back, but not GREAT in the NFL.

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I like Richardson and have to agree with BL here, he's the real deal. I think Richardson will be a stud in the NFL if he goes to the right team. The short shelf life of an RB in the NFL is what hurts them all and why so many of them fall in the draft. Any RB drafted early should sign a short first contract so that they can reach FA as soon as possible to make the big money.
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I like Richardson and have to agree with BL here, he's the real deal. I think Richardson will be a stud in the NFL if he goes to the right team. The short shelf life of an RB in the NFL is what hurts them all and why so many of them fall in the draft. Any RB drafted early should sign a short first contract so that they can reach FA as soon as possible to make the big money.
Even if they sign a 3 year deal, they will still be a restricted free agent until they accumulate 4 years. 4 years is the usual amount now with the new wage scaling, which seems appropriate. Signing anything beyond that is just giving away money.
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You have to assume Ward will not be back or not the same next year. And Ben Tate did well, but he fumbled and did he do anything to make you think he isn't replaceable?
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You have to assume Ward will not be back or not the same next year. And Ben Tate did well, but he fumbled and did he do anything to make you think he isn't replaceable?
Absolutely, Ben Tate hits the edges faster than Foster can and got some big gains from it. I'm not saying he's as good as Foster but he's no bum. As a #2 back if Tate didn't impress you I say your expectations are too high.

Ward however.....

There's a guy named Darrell Scott, he's like 6'1'' 240 with good speed, very Ward like who could be had possibly as UDFA
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If Trent Richardson is somehow sitting there at 26, I would be in favor of taking him, but there's no reason for the Texans to trade up for him. There are plenty of good RBs to be had in the 3rd and later rounds.
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Cedric Benson is getting up in years. If this guy is any good Cincy will snatch him @ #17.
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Default Re: Trent Richardson RB Alabama

I don't think he's a game changer by any stretch of the imagination.

I think maybe a Marshawn Lynch type.
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