Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Grade: 8.0I (Grading Scale)
Film Room Notes: vs Arkansas
Strengths: Incredible physique, with a thick, powerful lower body and a muscle bound upper body – Richardson combines elite acceleration through the hole with incredible balance – Runs with proper pad level, keeps his shoulders square and his feet underneath him – Takes and give contact well, wears a defense down and gets better as the game goes on – Very rarely if ever is brought down by first contact – Able to break tackles by dropping pad level and keeping his feet moving – Takes multiple defenders to bring him to the ground – Balance is elite, able to take a big hit and regain his balance, keeps a low center of gravity and doesn’t expose his midsection – Shows the ability to make people miss – Makes his cuts at full speed and doesn’t decelerate in and out of cuts – Able to change direction in the hole, possesses short area burst and agility – Once he gets to the second level with a head of steam, Richardson displays breakaway speed – Doesn’t waste motion in the backfield, can find the hole, even when there doesn’t appear to be one – Rarely makes more than one cut in the backfield – Vision is above average – Patience as a runner has improved, allows time for the hole to develop and reads his linemen and lead blockers properly- Possesses a great stiff arm – Shows natural hands, and while he wasn’t asked to catch the ball more than a couple of times a game those numbers should improve in the pros – Richardson is an everydown back with a combination of power, speed, balance and vision – He will be able to help an offense in all phases of the offensive game plan – Comes off very well in interviews.
Weaknesses: Limited weaknesses, one of the most pro ready runners to enter the draft in a long time – Like most running backs, needs to work on technique in blitz pick up – All the contact and his physical running style, makes him susceptible to injury – Had a minor knee issue and had surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus.
Last Updated: March 3rd, 2012