Trent Richardson and the Cleveland Browns: Why They Need Each Other in 2012

Joseph SeymourContributor IIIFebruary 13, 2012

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 12:  Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for a first down against Mississippi State in the first quarter on November 12, 2011 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Peyton Hillis' 2011 performance left much to be desired.  The Browns need to start looking for a new running back to help carry their team.

Enter Trent Richardson.

The Heisman candidate running back from Alabama is the perfect fit for the Brown's rush-heavy offense.  His punishing running style is similar to Hillis.  But Richardson has more agility and the ability to break to the outside.

Richardson is also an excellent receiving back; Hillis is mediocre at best.

Richardson doesn't need to go to a team where he's going to be splitting the carries or a team where he sits as a backup.  He needs to go to a team where he is the obvious No. 1 back and day-one starter.

The Browns have good complimentary backs in Chris Ogbonnaya and Montario Hardesty to offer Richardson some relief when he needs it.

The addition of Richardson will also relieve some of the pressure on Colt McCoy and his lack of receiving corps.  The Browns would be wise to draft a WR with their second first-round pick (I'm thinking Alshon Jeffery) or make some trades.

Cleveland has a good young team that just needs one more star player to push them over the edge.  If they can add No. 3 from Alabama—their team will be one to look out for in 2012.