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After trade up, Browns select Trent Richardson

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The Cleveland Browns sent the Nos. 4, 118, 139, and 211 picks to Minnesota in exchange for the third overall pick in the draft.

And with the third pick, the Browns selected Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Learning NFL-type concepts in Alabama’s pro-style offense, Richardson is ready to play in the big leagues right now. He can pick up the blitz, is a smooth receiver out of the backfield, and will be capable of breaking tackles in the NFL as a rookie.

The 2011 Doak Walker Award winner as the nation’s top running back, Richardson broke former teammate Mark Ingram’s single-season school rushing record as a junior at Alabama. Richardson averaged 5.80 yards per carry in his college career. He was a unanimous first-team All American in 2011, and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

The Browns’ backfield is all but barren behind Richardson. Former second-round pick Montario Hardesty hasn’t panned out, and guys like Chris Ogbonnaya are replacement-level talents. Look for Richardson to flirt with 350 offensive touches as a rookie, assuming he stays healthy.

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45 Responses to “After trade up, Browns select Trent Richardson”
  1. geraldthecat says: Apr 26, 2012 8:23 PM

    Great pick. Great back. Stupid trade.

  2. damaddhatter29 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:24 PM

    Kind of a headscratcher… why trade 3 picks to move up one for him? Did Minnesota give them a reason to believe hed be starting over AP? Wow Vikings stole that.

  3. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Apr 26, 2012 8:25 PM

    it’s not about the rb position here. this dude will be a special franchise-type player for the browns

  4. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:26 PM

    i dont get it..the Vikings weren’t gonna take him

  5. nineroutsider says: Apr 26, 2012 8:26 PM

    They do have the offensive lineman to run block at least, but wow I think they gave up too much.

    Hope it works out for them though; I hate the Steelers lunatics who post that dribble and, much more importantly, Cleveland fans deserve some success!!!

  6. jthammerstix says: Apr 26, 2012 8:32 PM

    Brandon Jackson is there

  7. wicky888 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:33 PM

    They would have gotten him with the 4th, why did they do that

  8. camdenyard says: Apr 26, 2012 8:34 PM

    Clownie will still suck. They should have taken Blackmon.

  9. grandpoopah says: Apr 26, 2012 8:34 PM

    4th, 6th, and 7th round picks to move up one spot? For a RB?

  10. coop16 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:34 PM

    Straight from the national championship to the Factory of Sadness. Talk about culture shock.

  11. kremis says: Apr 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    Super Bowl!

  12. seaner44 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    That trade made no sense. The vikes were never gonna take Richardson with AP and Gerhart on the roster

  13. mungman69 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:36 PM

    He’ll break down

  14. oldbrowndawg says: Apr 26, 2012 8:43 PM

    Because, geniuses, Tampa Bay was trying to trade up to 3 to get Richardson. DUH!!!!! Browns haven’t had a back like this since Byner and Mack in the ’80-s. And the 4th and 5th picks they gave up were the ones down the line that they got from Atlanta and Denver. Double duh!!! GREAT PICK — GREAT DEAL — GREAT BACK. GO BROWNS!

  15. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Apr 26, 2012 8:43 PM

    Because there were several other teams looking to trade with Minnesota to take him. Of course, The Vikings dint need him, but even the hint of other teams wanting him was enough cause to make the trade. Good move, Browns. You got your franchise RB!!

  16. buckfigben says: Apr 26, 2012 8:44 PM

    Tampa was trying to trade up.

    Clv still has picks in all of those rounds.

    10 picks total AFTER the trade.

    Great move by Clv.

  17. joemammy says: Apr 26, 2012 8:44 PM

    Amazing the idiots on here that are sooooo much smarter than Heckert. My money is on Heckert, you morons,

    GO BROWNS!

  18. jamesx27 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:49 PM

    Most awkward moment in the Draft so far… Richardson kissing the little girl right on the mouth.

  19. lovemyqueens says: Apr 26, 2012 8:49 PM

    It’s not about the Vikings maybe taking Trent. It’s about the possibility of Tampa trading up past Cleveland to take the guy they want.

  20. qmizzle says: Apr 26, 2012 8:51 PM

    How’s this a head scratcher? Maybe the Rams were angling for Richardson and the Vikes leveraged that against The Browns..

  21. 6thsense79 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    For the most part NFL teams aren’t that stupid to trade up 1 position to select a back that people think the Vikes weren’t selecting. Minnesota was shopping this pick for days now and I’m willing to bet they had other offers on the table from teams eyeing Richardson.

  22. muckfodell says: Apr 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    All you guys thinking ” Minnesota wasn’t going to take him with AP”, please wake up.

    It was about Tampa Bay. Why do you think Tampa traded down? Because they didn’t get Richardson.

    Please put trades in context before you make comments…

  23. jimmyrussel says: Apr 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    It’s not about the Vikings, at all. The Bucs were threatening to trade up to 3 and take Richardson, so Cleveland made the defensive trade up to secure they guy they wanted. The Bucs traded down immediately after, pretty much proving their initial plan was foiled.

  24. canigetastadium says: Apr 26, 2012 8:54 PM

    Awesome!!! I am a Vikes fan for life but also a brownie. Answer this tho. Vikes get 4th over all then the browns 4th, 5th and 7th round picks……jags trade with rams one pick later AND drop 2 for just a 4th? Spielman….I can’t believe I ever doubted u.

  25. mymanmccoy says: Apr 26, 2012 9:00 PM

    Other teams were going to trade into that spot and take him. Sheesh people, you would have been biatching is they hadn’t gotten him! They have him, plus they have 9 more picks! Give it a rest and enjoy the pick.

  26. thefiesty1 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:03 PM

    No need to trade up unless Tampa was trading up. Lost later round draft picks when they could have had him anyway (or taken Blackmon). Curious trading up one spot. Let’s see which Receiver is available at 22. Just go for more offense.

  27. billthebutchr says: Apr 26, 2012 9:09 PM

    Obviously the Vikings weren’t going to take him, but there were several team interested in moving up to get him at 3. The Browns had to move up to avoid being leap frogged and missing the guy they really wanted. They had extra 4th and 5th round picks anyways……great pick up.

  28. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 26, 2012 9:14 PM

    Vikes must have had the Browns convinced the Bucs had already struck a deal with the Vikes and proceeded to rape them for 3 more picks, nicely played Spielman!

  29. dspohn55 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:20 PM

    The Browns traded because there was a lot of talk that multiple teams were flirting with Minnesota to get the third pick and swipe Richardson. They had to give up some picks but kudos to Cleveland for not letting RG3 and Trent escape them in the same draft.

  30. gohard216 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:23 PM

    the reason they traded up is because the jets wanted him. Stop yall crying there’s no stars in the 4th and 5th round

  31. gohard216 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:28 PM

    jets and tampa bay wanted him at 3 thats why they moved up stop crying. only practice squad players are at 4 5 and 7 round pick

  32. egonpeon says: Apr 26, 2012 10:11 PM

    So you trade Hillis because you didn’t want to pay him, now you pick up Trent in the 1st round? Guess what, you will have to pay him and I bet Hillis would have not cost nearly as much.

  33. laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    Got their stud RB and a franchise QB tonight. Good time to be a Browns fan.

  34. atleastwehavecavs says: Apr 26, 2012 11:47 PM

    Sorry Trent, Browns could’ve drafted DeCastro to make one of the better OLines in the NFL for you but we decided a 29 year old rookie QB that couldn’t wait til the 2nd round. Apparently the Browns are ready to now take thier thrown on top the division with this wiseguy move.

  35. fate0111 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:48 PM

    See, here’s the problem… When Hillis was running all over defenses and giving Colt plenty of time to throw the ball, HE WAS STILL GETTING ROCKED, simply because CLE has zero receivers that can get open… at all.

    “Elite” RB’s mean zero in this all new passing NFL. How did Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew, LeSean McCoy, Deshaun Foster and Chris Johnson do in the postseason? Oh, they didn’t make it.

    The class of RB’s in the postseason were Ray Rice, who rode the defense into the playoffs. Michael Turner, who rode Ryan, Roddy and Julio into the playoffs and Frank Gore who never showed up in the playoffs…. It is a passing league and you need weapons to throw to. RB’s have a ridiculously short life in the NFL and most teams even use a 2 back system now because RB’s mean so much less. Blackmon was the BEST choice and once again CLE blows it. Even at 22, Stephen Hill was also there and what? Blown again. I don’t care who is at QB, with NOBODY able to get open, they are getting smashed.

  36. atleastwehavecavs says: Apr 26, 2012 11:50 PM

    I’m so mad I can’t even spell right, sorry guys,

  37. rkling2805 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:51 PM

    How can anyone be happy about this trade? Why when you need so much would you waste picks on a running back? You don’t win by building this way there is a giant hole on the right side of the line. The Browns had a chance to do something build the best line in football, have the best secondary in football in order to be great you must start somewhere. But not in Berea. Lets grab a running back the best in the draft since Adrian Peterson because that has worked out so well for the Vikings they drafted in front of the Browns. But hey they need more help then us so lets give them the picks we need. H and H I believed in till today. Lerner should cut them both loose before the second round. All i have heard is we are building so lets take a player in the draft older than every veteran on the team thats logical. I know the quick fix fans are happy but im sure many of you are just as frustrated as me.

  38. atleastwehavecavs says: Apr 27, 2012 12:12 AM

    Look at the bright side, the Browns won’t have to pay them beyond their rookie contracts because they will be retired (Weeden) and broke down (Richardson)

  39. atleastwehavecavs says: Apr 27, 2012 12:34 AM

    I like Trent Richardson but H&H got hosed on the trade (Again). If Richardson was really who Tampa wanted, you tell me they weren’t willing to part with a better offer then the Clowns! We bid against ourselves on this one.

  40. shermtank3 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:31 AM

    Who’s Deshaun Foster? I know ARIAN Foster and sir his team did make the playoffs…way to go 😒

  41. fate0111 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:24 PM

    Hilarious… How did that work out for Houston again? Oh, Schaub and Andre Johnson got hurt and they lost their last 3 games.. Andre Johnson came back and they at least beat Cincy in the playoffs… by the way, they averaged 27.3 points a game with Schaub and 18 points without.. including losing their last 3 games to Indy, Carolina and Tennessee. So, in this case, without the passing game, an elite runner PLUS the #2 Defense in all of football still got them what? Oh, nothing. Look at the playoff teams, hell, break it down to the super bowl… NYG-Bradshaw? hurt most of the year and very underachieving when he wasn’t. Jacobs? Bum. NEP-Green-Ellis? JOKE!!!! What did both teams have? Elite passers and REAL wide receivers. It’s a passing league.

  42. shermtank3 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:45 PM

    It was more of the fact that you got his whole first name wrong and on top of that he DID make the playoffs. So you were wrong, plus Arian Foster carried the offense on his back when schuab went down

  43. bwnsfan1980 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:59 PM

    great pick love the aggressive move here

  44. fate0111 says: Apr 27, 2012 2:55 PM

    No, I didn’t get his name wrong… I was referring to Carolina’s RB… however, he is no longer there, it was my mistake and I meant DeAngelo Williams. And BTW, carried them on his back? Like I said, after Schaub went down, they went 3-3 and averaged 18 points a game. That is on top of the 3 losses coming to Carolina, Tennessee and Indianapolis… Sorry to say that their NFL’s 2nd best Defense carried them. In their 3 wins, Foster had 65, 111 and 67 yards while the defense gave up only 42 total points. Also, Arian Foster had 0 fumbles before Schaub got hurt in week 10… After that, he had 5. So he wasn’t carrying as much of a load as you claim.

  45. shermtank3 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:04 PM

    Not that I really care to keep on going with this but you must not have watched the Texans in the playoffs. He did carry them. I’m done now

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