Saban Bullish On Trent Richardson Fitting In Cleveland

Posted by | Apr 19, 2012 | -

By Mary Kay Cabot,
Alabama head coach Nick Saban was standing just a few feet away from Browns running backs coach Gary Brown during Alabama’s Pro Day when Saban’s star running back, Trent Richardson, exploded into the stout Brown during a routine blocking drill and knocked him on his backside. It was the block heard ’round the NFL world, and it made Saban chuckle, just like the dozens of other scouts and coaches in the ‘Bama fieldhouse. “I thought it was funny,” Saban, the former Browns defensive coordinator, said Wednesday in a phone interview. “Trent’s a very powerful guy and [Brown] found that out first-hand, I guess.” The Browns would see plenty more of Richardson’s punishing, smash-mouth style if they draft him No. 4 in next Thursday’s opening round of the NFL draft. He’s far and away the top choice of most observers for the Browns at No. 4, and one of a handful of players they’re considering with their top pick. “Trent is a very special player,” said Saban. “He has a really good, complete skill set to play running back. He’s got size and he’s powerful, but he’s got some quickness and can make you miss. He’s got really good speed for his size, he’s a good receiver and a good pass blocker.” [More]

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