NFL Draft Videostat Profile: RB Trent Richardson

Our signature 60 Max Power O Videostat Profile segment covers select players from around the country for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft starting on April 26th. We aim to cram as much as these in before the picks start rolling in. Up to bat is Alabama's Trent Richardson:

Positives:
Alabama didn’t skip a beat with the departure of Mark Ingram to the NFL. The secret wasn’t a well kept one that Richardson was the real deal. Even splitting time behind Ingram, Richardson had 751 yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries as a freshman, and went for 700 yards and six scores on 112 carries as a sophomore. Finally becoming the lead back as a junior, Richardson rushed 283 times for 1,679 yards (5.9 average) and 21 touchdowns as he led the Crimson Tide to the National Championship. Also solid receiver out of the backfield, he had 29 receptions for 338 yards and three more scores. Richardson is a load to bring down at 224 pounds and he runs around a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.42 from that distance.

Negatives:
He did not run at the combine due to minor knee surgery, but blew away scouts at the Alabama Pro-day. Richardson has impressive breakaway speed, though he sometimes runs east-west too often as opposed to north-south. Although he has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, he must improve in the passing game to be a three down back. Richardson left after his junior season and will have to show he can handle the jump into the NFL.

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