Originally Posted by Puffy
It all depends on needs. I have seen Richardson to the Chiefs and in that instance I agree with you. They have Charles and even though they love the two back system wasting a first round pick on a 15-17 touch per game person does not seem like good business when you can get a good running back later.
But if you are a team with no back then I can see taking Richardson in first round. Especially if you think he is Peterson/Jones-Drew good.
Everything is needs. I hear the same argument about "Never take a safety with a high pick." Well, if you need a safety and feel one guy is head and shoulders above every other safety prospect then take him. Great players are great players. If you have a chance to take one you take him and sort out everything else later, IMO.
I agree with this and I think Richardson is going to be an Adrian Peterson kind of game changer. I also think he's head and shoulders above the rest of the choices this year, so if he's there at #17 we should take him.
That said, I think the Bengals have more room under the cap than any team in the NFL this year so I'm hoping we make a splash in the Free Agent market. I'm hoping they sign a Michael Bush or Matt Forte making the whole Trent Richardson debate moot for us.