Trent Richardson: Rookie Projections for the Cleveland Browns Running Back

Justin Goldman@JGoldmanASUCorrespondent IJune 1, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Trent Richardson comes into the NFL with a lot of hype after having a stellar career for the Alabama Crimson Tide. This led to Richardson being selected third overall in the 2012 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Richardson can be expected to be one of the top rookies this year because of the Browns' strong offensive line.

Joe Thomas and Alex Mack, two Pro Bowlers, should open up gaping holes for Richardson. Because of that, Trent Richardson will be a top-three back in the NFL this year.

He is drawing comparisons to Adrian Peterson because he is an every-down back, he can make people miss and is a threat out of the backfield.

Peterson finished his rookie campaign with 1,309 yards, 12 touchdowns and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.

It's not out of the question for Richardson to get around 250 carries for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

It also doesn't hurt that T-Rich has a few favorable match-ups this season against opponents in the lower half of team rushing defense (Eagles 16th, Chiefs 26th, Raiders 27th, Bills 28th, and Colts 29th). That's five games against below average run defending teams.

If there ever was a perfect situation for a stud rookie running back to be coming into it's Richardson this season with the Browns. He has the talent, the team, and the schedule to have an incredible season.

Trent Richardson has the potential to be a star in the NFL and being a rookie Pro Bowler is definitely feasible.