Originally Posted by ArtModel
An injury-prone running back....missed his entire soph. year of high school with a serious ankle injury. The facts on 1st rd rbs...
1st rd rbs--28
voted to pro bowl--9 (32%)
average draft position--18.2
ave yds season--729
ave yds rb picked 1-10--741
ave yds rb picked 11-20--665
ave yds rb picked 21-32--746
1st rd rbs 2011 pro bowl 0...wall street journal
A 29 year old qb throwing from the spread in college...in effect trading phil taylor and weeden for julio jones..Holmgren pulled rank on heckert to take him, so just as reid ran it in philly, holmgren runs it here.
Reach for Blackmon or take Claiborne
Reiff (sp?) at 22
ga tech wr at 37
I don't mind the Richardson pick at all although I agree that 1st round RB's have had problems but it has been about injuries most of the time. Richardson has a shot to be very special and a potential HoF RB. What bothered me was the picks we gave up when he would have been there at #4.
However if I was drafting, I would have taken Blackmon at #4, Martin at #22 and used the picks we gave Minny + #37 to trade back up for Weeden. With Weeden at QB, Martin at RB and Blackmon at WR, we at least would have had a shot at having a solid offense within 2 years.
IMO, the Browns, namely Holmgren, thought he had RG111 in the bag and when that didn't workout, he had no fall back plan, panicked and was fooled into giving up 4 picks for Richardson, then still unhinged, took Weeden praying for the best, after all, if he really loved Weeden why go after RG111 in the first place.
We had all better pray Weeden pans out because if he flops, the franchise will be set back a minimum of 6-7 years and Holmgren/Heckert will be long gone and another GM will put another rebuilding plan into action. It's a pretty frightening scenario for me, to see my beloved Browns become the laughing stock of the NFL.