Originally Posted by Darth Kenshin
The Browns don't seem to think Richardson is worth a 4 pick. It's understandable, given the state of the NFL now: you don't need an elite running back to win. Yeah, you have to be able to run the ball, but look at the past few Super Bowls and the running backs involved:
None of those teams had elite running backs. In fact, sometimes they were among the worst running teams in the entire league (Cardinals/Steelers, I believe, were the two worst). I don't think too many people think a running back is important enough to use a top 5 pick on. If the Browns don't think any other player (such as a Justin Blackmon) is worth the pick, maybe they can trade down to a team who wants one of two players who are highly regarded: Ryan Tannehill or Matt Kalil.
One of those two guys will be available at 4, and the Browns don't seem interested in either of them. Maybe they move back to the middle of the first round and pick up some extra picks in the process.
EDIT: also, Gordon, you mentioned they should give 2 weapons to McCoy if they believe he's the man going forward. Well, they don't. They were all-in on RG3 and failed. They obviously don't have the confidence in McCoy that he's their qb of the future. Apparently, they also don't like Tannehill too much. At least not for the 4th pick.
I'm quite aware that they don't think McCoy is the guy moving forward - neither do I - but I think you have clearly misunderstood. The general consensus is that while he has not performed well, they haven't given him anything to work with, so there is no way to know his potential. If you give him two weapons you have an easy route. Either he proves to be a solid quarterback, now that he has something to work with, or he fails miserably and puts you in a position next year to draft a good QB which will have weapons to work with. The problem with Tannehill is that he needs a couple years to develop; what sense does it make to draft a developmental project when you have absolutely nothing to work with right now? The best possible thing to do is build your team up so that you have something to plug a QB into (e.g. what the Redskins have been doing). Now the two options for building your team are either moving back in the draft, or staying put. There are according to everyone five elite players in this draft (Luck, RGIII, Richardson, Kalil, Claiborne). My question to you is this: What the hell are you really going to do with a mid-first rounder and a second-rounder when you need to develop now
? Take the elite player. It's all about creating a team you can then plug an air attack into.