The RB Conundrum
Still trying to get a feel for why we want or don't want Trent Richardson with our first pick.
I've been in favor of drafting Richardson based on the arguments like the one above. I understand the many arguments posted before. I just think it comes down to the fact that we and most teams do not have a "franchise" or Hall-of-Fame type QB. For an offense to succeed, there has to be some kind of threat from the running game, for balance, so that, yes, it can "open up" the passing game. We cannot be expected to line up in a 5-wide spread formation, empty backfield and expect to be successful with this roster. Only a few teams can manage this. So, we have to have an above-average threat to run.
I don't believe you can find that in any average player. Hills is probably an above-average RB and the offense could not succeed as structured.
I could be wrong, but most scouts do not believe Blackmon will be elite. If so, he would also be drafted much higher than he is worth. Claiborne is probably truly elite, but our offensive shortcomings are so severe I don't think we can have a defensive-oriented draft.