Originally Posted by MWM
Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson are the only two guys I can't think of recently that are good enough to warrant a steep draft pick price. I've seen Richardson play a lot and he's really good, but I just don't see him as a rare talent that doesn't come along that often. I thought Reggie Bush was that guy, but that's proven wrong. It's rare that a highly drafted RB winds up being the type of talent you'd give up multiple picks for.
I won't disagree about the fact he isn't quite worth that but this is an occasion where I think it is time for the Bengals to overpay for something if need be. By that I mean if Matt Forte and Ray Rice are retained by their respective teams (i'm sure they will be) and you can't deal for a RFA like Arian Foster then you need to find a dynamic answer at the position. A guy who might be available (I think he is a FA) but comes with a question who could be dynamic is Fred Jackson. But that may be a reach not sure. I also don't believe they have a dynamic answer in house at this juncture. I like Scott but he isn't a great back merely a solid 2nd or 3rd back.
With Dalton and company I think they need a force at RB. One that can carry the load and catch out of the backfield and block Richardson is available and can do all 3 things. That said I would love to find a way to get said RB without spending those 2 1st rounders on them because the OL and secondary (and arguably the LB corps) need an infusion of talent. Anyone think we could get Matt Forte for a 1st round pick?