Cleveland Browns

Peyton Hillis to Chiefs Means Trent Richardson Will Wear Browns Uniform in 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIMarch 15, 2012

After failing in their bid to trade up and grab Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns have apparently decided to stick with Colt McCoy at quarterback, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Browns have not pursued free agent Matt Flynn, and McCoy appears to be the guy for at least the near future.

Now that running back Peyton Hillis has packed up and left for Kansas City and a future with the Chiefs, the Browns should target Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

While many expect the Browns to instead try and take Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon to give McCoy a No. 1 target, I don't think that's the smart move. While Blackmon certainly is a playmaker, I don't think he can impact a game the way Richardson can.

The Alabama product has everything you would want in a franchise-type tailback, and by improving the team's running game, Cleveland will take a ton of pressure off of McCoy. 

Richardson is big, fast and has incredibly quick feet. He has great vision and almost never goes down on the first hit. He runs like a human bowling ball between the tackles, and can open things up and run away from people.

He is the kind of player that the fans in Cleveland will love because of his toughness and how hard he runs. He will immediately be a fan favorite. 

Richardson is the most complete running back to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson in 2007. He is an immediate impact player that will make whichever team selects him very happy. The Browns should jump all over it.

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