NFL Combine: Talk of devaluing running backs bothers Trent Richardson

Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

When Alabama running back Trent Richardson spoke to the media at the NFL Combine on Friday, much of the talk centered around the devaluing of the running back position. It was talk that seemed to irk Richardson, who still has a notable limp following knee surgery.

"It bothers me a lot because we’re getting pounded on every down and when it comes down to it, to be successful, you really just have to have a mindset that I know I’m not going in the first round, but I hope I go in the first round," Richardson said. "And that’s a big issue with some football players that aren’t really strong mentally, that all the pounding that we do. Even in practice they get to hit on us and we can’t cut ‘em or they come at full speed and it just takes a toll on us and I really think that we all work more than that, because when it comes down to it, everyone needs a running back and they got to use that running back. So I’d say the value of a running back is not the same and it’s crazy to us."

Richardson, who ran for 1,679 yards in 2011, said he despite not doing agility drills he may do the bench press. If he does, his goal is to break the running back record. He also further explained the mindset he has a running back.

"I’m not saying that Ray Lewis ain’t going to take me out, because when it comes down to it we’re going to have to see each other in the hole. And I love Uncle Ray to death and he’s going to bring me all the contact he can and beat me up in the hole, but why would you stand down in front of that?"

Read our scouting report on Richardson here.

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