Trent Richardson 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Player Name: Trent Richardson
Position: Running Back
Trent Richardson has big shoes to fill in 2011 for the departed Mark Ingram, but the talented Escambia High School (Emmitt Smith’s high school) product has proven time and time again that he can do it and then some.
When you watch Richardson run the football you can’t help but walk away extremely impressed. He’s a workout warrior that has a chiseled figure and excellent dedication to his football program.
Richardson has an excellent combination of power and speed. His 224 pound frame is deceiving as he will still run right past you. He excels on kick returns and catching out of the backfield, using his speed in the open field.
Richardson also isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder and take a hit. It generally takes multiple tacklers to bring him to the ground. He has good quickness and agility to go along with exceptional vision to follow his blockers.
His vision really helps him make the initial cut to get up field and his burst off of the cut is tremendous. Pass protection is a big positive for Richardson who often saw a lot of playing time over Mark Ingram on third downs for that purpose.
Richardson’s speed and power is an excellent mix, but too often does he hesitate to hit the hole in the backfield sometimes getting him in a jam.
Lateral speed is just mediocre for Richardson who has really made a name for himself as a downhill style and goal line back. Sometimes Richardson tries to hit the corner relying on his pure speed to make a play, which he won’t get away with in the NFL.
Isn’t extremely fast, but does have elite top end speed and ability. At times he seems to run a bit more upright than desired, and doesn’t seem to carry his weight well, being a little more top heavy.
Richardson is an elite running back, and I’ve been saying for the last two years that he was the better runner and player than Mark Ingram, who is also a very respectable athlete and runner.
A first round draft choice is likely for the speedy workout warrior. He is arguably the best running back in college football, and unquestionably the best running back eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft.
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