Richardson trade nets 26th pick

The end result of the Trent Richardson trade for the Cleveland Browns: the 26th pick in the NFL draft.

That’s the final result after the Colts loss to the Patriots in the playoffs.

The trade has to be considered a success -- even if Richardson recovers from whatever it is that caused his production to plummet in his second season.

As a rookie for the Browns, Richardson scored 11 touchdowns and ran for 950 yards and averaged 3.6 yards per carry. With the Colts, Richardson ran for 458 yards with three touchdowns and averaged 2.9 yards per carry.

What have teams done with the 26th pick in the past several years?

The most prominent player taken at that spot was linebacker Clay Matthews, Jr., by Green Bay and cornerback Lito Sheppard by Philadelphia.

The 26th selections in the last five years are defensive end Datone Jones (Green Bay), defensive end Whitney Mercilus (Houston), wide receiver Jon Baldwin (Kansas City), defensive tackle Dan Williams (Arizona) and Matthews.