If you are a Cleveland Browns fan you had to be excited to see the team use their first pick in the 2012 draft to take the number one rated running back in the 2012 draft. Trent Richardson was taken with the third overall pick and the Cleveland Brown got the guy the fans were excited about. Then the UN-thinkable took place, Richardson had to miss the entire preseason because of a knee problem. T-Rich had his knee scoped right after his season needed in college and now that he was in the NFL and signed a big contract he had to return to Florida to visit the doctor to have his knee surgically repaired once again. Now with the Browns season coming down to the last 4 games, you have life long Browns fans posting questions like these to their facebook pages;
Browns Number One Pick Trent Richardson Sure Talks A Good Game When Is He Going to Produce One?
That is a great question and it was brought to our attention by one of the biggest Browns backers groups in the muni-lot, The Browns Bunch, “You know How They Do”.
So once I saw this question I decided to make some comparisons to how Trent Richardson is doing compared to some of the other top rated running backs in the 2012 NFL draft. Richardson was rated number one overall and his was taken as the 3 pick in the first round. Some of the other guys that were taken in the first round include, Lamar Miller. Miller has a 5.4 average per carry, he was taken in the 4th round of the NFL draft with the 97th overall pick in 2012. Lamar Miller was rated number 2 in this years draft and has a full 1.8 longer average per carry than the Browns Trent Richardson, I’d say that is better wouldn’t you?
Then there is David Wilson out of Virginia Tech, he was rated the number 3 top running back in the 2012 draft and was drafted in the first round with the 32nd overall pick. Wison has already rushed for 4.3 average per carry and that is better than the 3.6 yard average of Trent Richardson. Wilson hasn’t been used that much in his rookie season he only has 24 touches this season.
Then we come to Doug Martin out of Boise St, Martin was rated the 4th over-all best running-back in the 2012 NFL draft, he was taken with the 31st pick of the first round in the 2012 draft. This guy is turning out to be the beast running-back the Browns thought they were going to get when they took Trent Richardson. Martin has already rushed for 1,050 yards this season and that is 223 more yards than Trent Richardson has. Martin also gains more yard per carry than Trent Richardson.
You measure to success of a running back in the NFL by how many 100 yard rushing games they have, if you do use that as a true tool for success in the NFL, Trent Richardson has only had 3 successful games in the NFL thus far. He has only gained over 100 yards rushing in 3 of the 12 games he has played in. Now T-Rich has added some more yards catching the football. I haven’t compare his receiving yards to the 3 other guys used in this comparison. This article strictly is looking at rushing yards, after all T-Rich was suppose to be the “Beast” when it come to running-back.
There are tow possible conclusions here. Either Richardson is injured worse than anyone has been told or he is not the beast that the people were thinking he was. Montario Hardesty has almost a yard per carry longer average than Trent Richardson. When the Browns needed to use the Ground game to run some time off the clock in Oakland yesterday they did it with Montario, He had a 7.8 yard per carry average in the Oakland game and T-Rich finish the day with a 3.6 yard per carry average.
So it is a fair question to ask, When is Trent Richardson going to have a bust out game in the NFL?
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