Trent Richardson went to the same high school as Emmitt Smith, but will he follow No. 22’s footsteps in Canton? Quite possibly.
Despite offseason knee surgery that prevented him from showing off at the combine, Richardson was the highest-ranked running back in virtually every mock draft—and probably on every pro draft board—going into the “selection meeting” in April.
Jim Brown may have felt it necessary (via Tony Grossi of ESPN Radio) to announce his opinion that Richardson is an “ordinary” running back, but he's evidently the only person in the entire state of Ohio (if not all of the NFL) who holds that opinion.
Not to mention that Mr. Brown’s feelings these days are evidently somewhat ambivalent regarding all things Cleveland.
Conversely, ex-Colts general manager Bill Polian termed the former Crimson Tider “a sure thing” and Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline wrote: “His game offers an outstanding combination of quickness, power and speed.”
Richardson is the first running back selected this high in the draft since Reggie Bush (No. 2 overall) in 2006. Few, if any, football aficionados see a Bush HOF bust in the making.
So, why is the Rust Belt aflame with jubilant faith in a completely untested rushing quantity?
(Alright, maybe not Cincinnati.)