DraftBrowns.com Editor: Brendan Leister
Many in the national media were surprised when the Cleveland Browns traded up one spot to select Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the third pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Although the Browns had a huge need at the running back position and Richardson was viewed by many as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, the thought of a running back being selected so early in a “passing league” was shocking to fans and analysts alike. After one season as a pro, Richardson still has a long way to go to live up to his lofty draft status. In Richardson’s defense for his up and down rookie season, he missed the entire preseason after undergoing a left knee operation, played nine games with two broken ribs, and missed the season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an ankle injury.