So its official, the Rams have traded their #2 2012 College draft pick to the Washington Redskins for their #6 pick. According to STLToday.com, in exchange “The Rams are getting the No. 6 overall pick from Washington, plus the Redskins’ second-round pick (No. 39 overall) this year. The Rams’ also get Washington’s first-round pick in 2013 and 2014.” Since the Rams are not looking for a QB out of the draft this trade makes a lot of sense. So the next question would be, “who are the Rams going to pick at #6”?
The media buzz points to Alabama running back Trent Richardson. At first pass some red flags popped into my mind. He is currently recovering from knee surgery, he comes from an impoverished and extremely dangerous area of Pensacola FL, and as a single man he has 3 children (his first child was born when he was only sixteen years old himself). And since the Rams have somewhat of a history of making bad college draft picks (Lawrence Phillips, Tye Hill, Claude Wroten, and on and on) my head began to swirl.
But on a 2nd, 3rd, 4th pass my opinion totally changed. This guy is an overcomer. Richardson is a very talented athlete who has taken the hardship and negativity from his past and has used it to motivate himself. He is known in the Alabama weight room as ‘The Beast’. This nickname came from both his strength and his workout regimens. His stats (total yards from scrimmage) improved his freshman and sophomore years until he exploded last year with over 2,000 yards (1,679 rushing and 338 receiving) and 21 TDs. The running back position may not be the number one need for the Rams, but everything points to this guy being a special talent. I think the Rams would do well to draft this guy and I wish Mr Richardson the best of luck in football and in life.