Alabama running back Trent Richardson hasn’t been the victim of another unnamed scout attack, in fact quite the opposite has occured. He’s been praised.
“Rare is the player who can escape the National Football League’s version of the Great Inquisition without being nitpicked to death,” Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes. “Trent Richardson, the irrepressible running back from Alabama, is the exception. The NFL people don’t just like Richardson. They almost worship the ground upon which he walks.”
McGinn polled 20 scouts about the top running back in the draft. All 20 picked Richardson. Only two other backs in the last 10 years were unanimous picks — Adrian Peterson and Reggie Bush.
“There’s one running back,” one personnel director said. “All the rest are complementary backs.”