NFL Draft 2012: Profile of Alabama running back Trent Richardson

Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki and Adam Anshell talk about Alabama star running back Trent Richardson.

Richardson posted 1,679 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns in the 2011 national championship season. In 2010, he rushed for 700 yards and six touchdowns. In 2009, he posted 751 yards with eight touchdowns during his first season with the Alabama Crimson Tide and helped Alabama to a national championship.

According to Pro Football Weekly’s draft expert, Richardson is liked because he is a “hammering inside runner” with the ability to impact the game. Richardson’s positives include he is a “workhorse back, a strong tackle-breaker with terrific vision and balance and protects the football,” according to PFW’s analysis.

“If there is one thing that stands out it is his balance,” Nawrocki said.

Some concerns about Richardson before the draft include “durability concerns, tight hips with bowlegs, he could improve route-running and he can be tracked down,” according to PFW.

Tampa Bay with the fifth pick is where Nawrocki expects Richardson to go in this year’s draft, but even if he slides, Richardson should be in the Top Ten.

“Wherever he goes, he will be a dominant player,” Nawrocki said.