NFL Draft 2012: 5 Reasons the Cleveland Browns Should Take Trent Richardson

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NFL Draft 2012: 5 Reasons the Cleveland Browns Should Take Trent Richardson
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Cleveland Browns fans are hoping the upcoming NFL Draft will lead to a resurgence of the downtrodden franchise

The numbers don't lie. The Cleveland Browns have won nine games in the past two seasons. In 2011 they were 29th overall in team offense and  averaged less then 14 points a game.The team's best running back, Peyton Hillis, left for Kansas City via free agency. Maybe the best way to accelerate the Browns rebuild is by taking a playmaker with the No. 4 pick in the draft. A lot of experts are saying the Browns should take Alabama's Trent Richardson, who has drawn comparisons to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.

Those against taking Richardson argue that running backs aren't as highly valued in the NFL as they once were, have a short shelf life, run too high a risk of injury and that you can get productive running backs further down in the draft. Those are strong arguments...they just don't apply to this bruising runner from Alabama, many say.

Here are five reasons why the Browns should consider taking Richardson with the No. 4

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