Browns draft Trent Richardson at No. 3

After trading up, the Browns got their man in Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Jerry Lai/US Presswire

The Browns traded up to No. 3 and selected Alabama running back Trent Richardson. This is the highest a running back has been drafted since Reggie Bush was taken No. 2 in 2006.

Here's a capsule:


Position: Running back

School: Alabama

Height/Weight: 5-foot-9/228 pounds

Stat that sticks out: Set school single-season records for rushing yards (1,679) and touchdowns (21).

The good: He is a rare combination of power and elusiveness. Mentally and physically strong, Richardson is fearless in between the tackles. He’s a capable blocker and receiver.

The bad: His head-on running style could hurt his longevity. That was always the fear the Ravens had with Jamal Lewis.

The bottom line: Richardson is the only elite running back in the draft and can instantly become the centerpiece of the Browns’ attack. He has the toughness needed to compete in the AFC North and the game-breaking ability to add a spark to a sluggish offense.