@rodofdisaster is the author of our in-season “Xs and Os with the Bros” feature. Here he is with a pick-by-pick review of the 2012 Browns draft. Enjoy.
Trent Richardson, RB Alabama (#3 overall):
When you’re drafting #4 overall, you need impact players. This is an impact player. I like him better than a receiver here as he’ll touch the ball more often and help both the running and passing games. Having seen him in person at the BCS championship game vs. Texas, he was the most impressive Alabama player on the field. Has tremendous agility and good top end speed for a man of his size. Extremely underrated as a blocker and receiver out of the backfield. He is a true 3-down back unlike Adrian Peterson. He fumbled only once in 614 touches. He’s built like Ricky Williams but doesn’t have Ricky’s acceleration.
One can argue if there was really a market for the #3 overall pick and whether the Browns were duped into trading up; but in a draft where they held 13 picks, it’s hard to have a pr...