Alabama All-American running back Trent Richardson is a virtual first round lock for this year’s NFL draft. The 5’11″, 224 lb power runner was a Heisman trophy finalist after rushing for over 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2011, his first and only season as the National Champion Crimson Tide’s featured runner (Richardson backed up 2010 1st rounder Mark Ingram his first 2 seasons).
Any scouts who were looking forward to seeing Richardson perform any drills in this week’s NFL combine in Indianapolis or Alabama’s Pro Day March 7th won’t get their wish until late March, as Richardson will not be performing any on field drills due to minor knee surgery. Richardson is said to have been injured in practice leading up to the championship game and still rushed for 96 yards and a TD with the injury. Richardson has scheduled an individual workout for NFL teams March 27th. Richardson will be participating in the interview process of the combine.
Richardson is projected to be the first running back taken in April. He has a unique combination of speed, change of direction skills and power (his exploits in the weight room have become legendary). Any team in immediate need of a running back would have to be crazy to pass on Richardson. It would be shocking if Richardson fell out of the top 10 picks.