Contributed by Hannah Miller
Although the Cleveland Browns once again had a tough season in 2012, rookie Trent Richardson was able to showcase all the talent he has. He entered the league with high expectations coming off a superb career at Alabama, and he did not disappoint. The question is can he take the next step to be that elite running back?
Talent wise, Richardson has just about all the tools people want to see in a running back. He is one of those rare running backs who can pound away for tough yards, while also being able to break away and rattle off a huge play, which has led to him going as high as fifth overall pick in fantasy football https://www.fanduel.com/fantasy-football>fantasy football 2013 drafts. He also has great hands, showing his ability to catch the football out of the backfield. The one thing people keep turning to, however, is his injury issues.
In just his rookie season, Richardson went through a knee surgery in August, broken ribs during the middle of the season and an ankle injury that kept him out of the season finale. He also had injuries in college, which makes some people quick to label him as injury-prone.
Despite the injury concerns, there is a reason he is so highly thought of. The Browns might not be an elite team yet, but they are getting there. Improvements have been made on their offensive line, and Brandon Weeden should be better in 2013. If less pressure ends up being on Richardson then that will open up more holes for him to punish.
As of right now, the class of the NFL is Adrian Peterson when it comes to running backs. However, Richardson shows as much promise as any young running back in the game. If he can avoid any major injuries, he should have a fine career.