The Minnesota Vikings got their wish to trade out of the third spot in the 2012 NFL Draft and it seems the Cleveland Browns have Trent Richardson in their sights, according to a report by Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer.
Cleveland traded away three picks to move up one spot and Minnesota has to be thrilled with that. The Browns will give up their fourth-, fifth-, and seventh round picks in this year’s draft. The Vikings do not need Richardson as they already have an All-Pro running back in Adrian Peterson. Moving back one spot will still allow them to grab Matt Kalil or Morris Claiborne.
The Browns need an electric running back and Richardson is the man for the job. He will provide a spark for a Browns franchise that is in desperate need of a winner to feed their loyal fan base. Cleveland has two first-round picks this year as they received the 22nd overall pick from the Atlanta Falcons in a deal that went down last year on draft day (the Falcons traded up to nab Julio Jones). Giving away three draft picks to move up and select Richardson is worth it considering the Browns have a total of 13 selections this year.
This is a wise move on behalf of both teams. Minnesota has been trying for weeks to trade out of a pick they did not want to use and Cleveland did not want to take a chance on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moving up and taking Richardson. It is a win-win for both franchises on draft night, now we will have to wait and see if it will work out in the long run.