In fear of potentially being jumped, the Cleveland Browns have traded up to the third-overall pick in order to acquire Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Reported first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this move solidifies the Browns’ first first-round selection, allowing Tom Heckert’s scenario board to unfold knowing that the backfield has been addressed.
A three-down back, Richardson has been widely considered the best non-quarterback offensive player in the 2012 NFL Draft. He will replace the recently departed Peyton Hillis.
The details of the trade have not been released. Cleveland, in return, has given up their pick at number four, plus a fourth-, a fifth- and a seventh-round pick.