The Cleveland Browns selected Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and many felt Richardson could arguably be the best player in the draft. After the first rookie mini-camp, both Browns players and coaches were very impressed with the rookie running back, according to The Plain Dealer.
Fellow rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden had this to stay about Richardson:
"He was the real deal after the first day," Weeden said. "He's a freak after the third. He really is. It's amazing, I played with a lot of good backs at Oklahoma State, obviously, but he's right there. There's a reason he was the third pick overall. You can see why. He's able to catch the ball out of the backfield, he runs hard, he said it himself, he's a different guy when he touches the football."
Head coach Pat Shurmur was also delighted with what he saw out of his first round pick:
"Wow, he's a very powerful man and he's powerfully built," Shurmur said. "Don't let the 5-91/2 fool you. He is almost 230 pounds, and that is a lot of muscle packed into that body.
"I think he's got a very powerful build, much like we thought when we drafted him, and it shows up on the field."