The University of Alabama’s Trent Richardson is a stud. There’s no doubt about it.
The 5’11”, 224-pound runner for the Crimson Tide is the best draft prospect at running back since Adrian Peterson went 7th overall to the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. I would argue that Richardson actually looks better coming out of college because he runs lower, he’s more compact, and he doesn’t have the injuries that Peterson had at the University of Oklahoma.
So what? NFL teams would be nuts to waste a first round draft pick on a running back.
This is certainly nothing against Richardson as a person. He's been pretty quiet off the field and he seems to have a good heart. If you don’t believe me take a look at Richardson taking a cancer survivor to prom recently: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-draft/09000d5d82857d9c/Trent-Richardson-takes-cancer-survivor-to-prom
The current trends in the NFL simply do not warrant using a first round pick on a running back. As the league focuses more and more on the passing game, the running back position is being devalued to the point where a back's blocking prowess on third and ten is more valuable than getting that extra yard on first down.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually see a team draft an undersized guard or center with the idea of converting him to a third down blocking back. That, however, will have to wait.
Here are some of the reasons that teams should really think twice about taking a running back in the first round.