Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 2/27/12
It doesn't matter that minor knee surgery kept Trent Richardson from running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Even if completely healthy and blazing fast by the time of his Pro Day late next month, Richardson still may not be able to zoom into the top 10 of April's draft despite having the talent to warrant such lofty status. The University of Alabama star is competing against more than a stopwatch. He is trying to distance himself from the perception that today's NFL running backs are a fungible commodity unworthy of the heavy draft investment franchises once made at the position. "Most (teams), they try not to take us like they used to in the first round," Richardson said last Friday during his combine media interview. "Hopefully, I can change that or more guys in this draft can change that." That race will be difficult to win for other rushers in the 2012 draft class. Richardson -- a 1,583-yard rusher and Heisman Trophy finalist as a junior in 2011 -- is consider...
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