When the Cleveland Browns traded up to No. 3 overall to draft Trent Richardson, not too many people criticized the pick. There were some questioning the trade, but the pick of Richardson was viewed by most as a slam dunk of sorts.
Jim Brown was not one of those people, apparently.
Despite being considered by many scouts to be the best running back to enter the draft since Adrian Peterson, Richardson is just "ordinary" Brown told ESPN Cleveland.
"When you think of greatness and the great backs, they all had some individual traits that you can identify - quickness, balance, power, speed," Brown said. "I think the kid is a good working back, and if you've got everything else around him he can play his role. But when it comes to outstanding, I don't see anything outstanding about him. It's not said in a cruel manner. He's very efficient, and that's what you want."
Brown also voiced his opinion on the front office and the futile state of the Browns. The most legendary player in franchise history was released as an exclusive advisor two years ago by Mike Holmgren, but Brown insists his feelings about Richardson or the organization do not come from a place of anger.
"That's so petty and so ridiculous," Brown said.
Although he is a legendary running back, his opinion is just that of one man based on minimal study of Richardson. It's undoubtedly alarming for Browns fans, but Richardson will determine his fate by his work on the field.
"But here's the deal, he can change everything that I've said," Brown added.