Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/26/12
Trent Richardson to Cleveland: Cash and Carry

Cleveland was desperate. How desperate? They were willing to trade up from four to three just to ensure that they would get the game changing back they wanted and needed.

Yes, it is a passing league. But if they were going to give Colt McCoy a chance, then they needed to put weapons around him to ensure that he had the opportunity to prove his worth.

Today, they made a strong first step.

Trent Richardson may not be the fastest player in the Draft, but he is the most complete. He has enough speed to break to the edge, yet has the gritty tenacity to punch runs up the middle. He has great hands catching passes out of the backfield, and he has the patience and vision to make the right cuts when he  needs to or follow his blockers.

The Cleveland Browns stated they would have been fine selecting other players, but their actions say differently. And although it cost them several draft picks to move up just one spot, it was the right decision. First, they had picks to spend. Second, when you have the best and most talented player in a draft in front of you, you don't let crazy circumstances or blind chance get in your way. You go get what you want.

The Cleveland Browns came up with the cash and Richardson will be carrying for a long time. 


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PLAYERS: Colt McCoy
TEAMS: Cleveland Browns
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