July 24, 2014

Mike Florio on the Dan Patrick Show: “Richardson not a top 15 pick”

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio was on the Dan Patrick show Monday morning discussing several topics, including his thought that the Browns may end up swapping picks with the Vikings at #3 to insure they don’t get ‘leapfrogged’ for Ryan Tannehill. He also discussed the Browns/Rams RGIII situation.

At the end of his time on the show, he agreed with an assessment of RB Trent Richardson that said the Alabama RB is not a top 15 pick-

“You have to have a team that is willing to make him an every down back, and fewer and fewer teams are doing that with running backs nowadays. He also has to be a truly special talent, and I don’t know that Trent Richardson falls into that Adrian Peterson category.”

He added that there are a lot of running backs that can move the chains at the pro level if you can block for them.

Audio available here.

[Related: In support of Trent Richardson to the Browns]

  • Ritz

    Actually, get a franchise QB when you can because they are rare. But who knows if that’s Tannehill.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Ahhh, so you would be a Colt McCoy believer then?  Because he had no time to learn the new system he played in last year.  It’s reasonable to believe McCoy will develop arm strength the way Drew Brees did a couple years into his career.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    These guys look equally incredible, and we could pick them up later in the draft:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXCcr6FN-SM 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N8VKNFayec 

  • mgbode

    ok, I just consider it a really bad sign when a QB puts up gawdy stats against terrible defenses, terrible stats against good defenses, and crumbles at the first sign of adversity (fumble in OkieState game being exhibitA).

    is that better?

  • mgbode

    we also had 2 1st round QBs (Couch and Quinn).  Just because you get it wrong once doesn’t mean you always will. 

    my point is that no QB after Luck and possibly RGIII excite me in this draft.  if we have to draft one, then I’d rather throw away a mid-round pick than a high one.  that’s all.

  • mgbode

    like Roger Craig, Marcus Allen (in KC), James Brooks, Stephen Jackson, Shaun Alexander, et cetera.

  • mgbode

    now that I agree with.  

  • Mansoor Khan

    Well, look at it this way. We pick Claiborne, they get to pick between Blackmon and Richardson? They pick Richardson. We pick Blackmon, they pick between Claiborne and Richardson? They would probably take Claiborne because their entire defense last year couldn’t tackle. Then the Rams would take Richardson since Steven Jackson is getting old. 

    If he gets past the Rams, I could see him falling to the Bengals at 17, but I hope not. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the Cards will take him before the Bengals get a chance.

  • Mansoor Khan

    Well, look at it this way. We pick Claiborne, they get to pick between Blackmon and Richardson? They pick Richardson. We pick Blackmon, they pick between Claiborne and Richardson? They would probably take Claiborne because their entire defense last year couldn’t tackle. Then the Rams would take Richardson since Steven Jackson is getting old. 

    If he gets past the Rams, I could see him falling to the Bengals at 17, but I hope not. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the Cards will take him before the Bengals get a chance.

  • Henry Brown

    Colt doesn’t have first round tools, hence the late 3rd round drafting of him.

  • Henry Brown

    It is because it doesn’t suppose the reason for those games is his mental makeup when it could just as easily been his inexperience.

  • Henry Brown

    originally. This is straight from the Walrus’ mouth. When he started in SF with Walsh they had weak RBs in a time when RBs were still important so they used the short passing game to compensate. The fact that better backs came later isn’t the point.

  • mgbode

    he also had a shoulder injury that was still present on draft day with nerve damage.  He was a late 1st to early 3rd on most sites until his injury lingered.

  • mgbode

    well, the 2 best LTs in the game are Joe Thomas and Jake Long.  Obviously, you don’t need an elite LT and shouldn’t draft those in the top10 either?  just look at Miami and Cleveland’s records.

    it takes more than 1 player to make a team.  I agree RB is less of a priority but it is more about shelf-life, the difference in quality between 1st and lower rounds being less at that position, etc.

  • mgbode

    originally, the WCO started in Cleveland, under Paul Brown with 2 HOF RBs.  it didn’t go away from the running game until Bill Walsh experimented with it more in Cincinatti and then further in SF.

    but, orginally doesn’t matter, what matters is the WCO that we can deploy next year.  we have enough coaching experience in the WCO that we should be able to deploy whichever version best suits our personnel.

  • mgbode

    yes, worst case scenario is Richardson falling to the Bengals.

  • BenRM

    It’s funny b/c another analyst that was on the other day said he was a better prospect than AP. Just goes to show no one really knows what they’re talking about. 

  • Vindictive_Pat

    But he’s got moxie!