Stop with the Trent Richardson talk. Stop it now.
Don't take a running back with a first-round pick, don't do it. You simply don't need to spend a high draft pick on a running back.
Why? We call the New York Giants to the stand as our witness. Here's the testimony.
The New York Giants are your Super Bowl champions. Let's take a peek at their running backs and see from whence they came.
Ahmad Bradshaw: seventh-round pick out of Marshall in the 2007 draft. Would you like to have him in the backfield for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Of course you would.
Brandon Jacobs: fourth-round pick out of Southern Illinois. Would you like to have that big butt-buster in your backfield? Of course you would.
With that in mind, let's dispense of the Trent Richardson talk and see what late round picks we might discover from the NFL combine.
I watched him play for the Cincinnati Bearcats often. This guy is explosive and can break tackles and pick up some serious yardage. He ran 4.47 at the combine.
However, here's why they measure these guys. On the Cincinnati program he's listed at 5'11", 220 pounds. Harumph. He's 5'10", 197 pounds.
However, Pead's a solid guy who would earn a roster spot on this Buccaneer football team. He probably helped his draft position over the weekend.
How about a big Baylor Bear? You want a big strong, fast back, here's your man. He measured 6' and 239 pounds and ran a 4.67 40. Projected to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick, Ganaway is a productive guy—strong, can break tackles.
He's not a big guy, played at Western Kentucky. He's 5'8", 195, capable of big production but not heralded as an NFL prospect. Rainey's a late-round guy, maybe even a free agent.
However, watch his film—it's solid. He might be one of those guys who surprises people.
He can make a team with his ability to play special teams.
Scott played one year for USF. He's a big guy at 6'1", 230, who played only year year at USF so it's tough to get a good handle on him. Scott's speed isn't great, and he'll be a late pick or perhaps even falls as an undrafted free agent.
However, Scott has potential.
But isn't that the knock on the Bucs? Too much potential, not enough production.
So where do we find the next Bradshaw-Jacobs combination?
Not in the first round of the NFL draft, that's for sure.