Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Alabama running back Trent Richardson walks the red carpet before the start of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
He might not have been the pick every Cleveland fan wanted, and we didn't think the Browns would have to trade up if they wanted him. Now that he is officially a member of the team though, of course we are going to support Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who was drafted No. 3 overall.
Despite the team's need at wide receiver, they decided to pass on Justin Blackmon in favor of Richardson. The Browns were likely set to draft a running back after choosing not to re-sign Peyton Hillis this offseason, but it was unclear whether that running back would be chosen in the first or second round.
As reported earlier, the Browns swapped first-round picks with the Minnesota Vikings less than an hour before the draft started. Several teams were reportedly trying to move in front of the Browns to take Richardson as well, but Cleveland wasn't going to lose another player they thought was theirs. It did not cost them a lot either: just a fourth, fifth, and seventh rounder.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer (reported by 92.3 The Fan) says the Browns were so excited to announce the pick that they handed their card in even before the Redskins turned in theirs for the quarterback who will remain unnamed.
What are your thoughts on the pick? Was it a good start to things for Tom Heckert and company? You have to say -- Heckert did a pretty good job keeping his intentions secret.