Despite the ceaseless prognostications proliferating through the 2012 NFL pre-draft mockups, come April 26th, the player whose name should be called by Commissioner Roger Goodell after he announces, “With the fourth pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select,” is Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Although the rumor mill runneth over with Robert Griffin III related scenarios, in which the Browns relinquish the rights to their draft day bounty of picks in exchange for the phenomenon’s services. Such deals would handicap the team’s ability to address multiple areas of concern with the aforementioned bounty of picks, which includes the No. 4 and 22 in the first round, and No. 37 in the second round.
Even despite recent rumors suggesting that the team might not have to part with the 22nd pick, here are several reasons that selecting Richardson could be beneficial.