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Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama
For all the talk about Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson is the most talented and safest prospect in this entire draft. From day one he is fully capable of asserting himself among the best backs in the league by nature of the position whereas Luck will undoubtedly need time to progress.
To put it simply Richardson; can run inside, outside, around you and through you. But beyond his obvious ability to tote the rock he boasts soft hands and great blocking technique.
He is the sort of complete back that you no longer often see in the NFL, much less one that comes straight out of college.
Since returning to the league as an expansion team in 1999, the Browns have made just one playoff appearance and not managed anything close to consistent progress in a very difficult division.
After the disappointment of Peyton Hillis’ performance last season amid contract disputes, injury and illness, it would be wise to opt for the better prospect and allow Hillis to walk. Mike Holmgren has never selected a quarterback very high and Cleveland cannot afford to pass on the best talent available.
The best option is to surround quarterback Colt McCoy with some legitimate weapons, grant him an entire offseason of preparation and see what happens in 2012. Given the time, I do not see any reason why McCoy cannot develop into a Matt Hasselbeck-like performer in this offense.