NFL Draft: Browns Acquire No. 3 Pick from Vikings

In fear of potentially being jumped, the Cleveland Browns have traded up to the third-overall pick in order to acquire Alabama running back Trent Richardson.  Reported first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this move solidifies the Browns’ first first-round selection, allowing Tom Heckert’s scenario board to unfold knowing that the backfield has been addressed.

A three-down back, Richardson has been widely considered the best non-quarterback offensive player in the 2012 NFL Draft. He will replace the recently departed Peyton Hillis.

The details of the trade have not been released. Cleveland, in return, has given up their pick at number four, plus a fourth-, a fifth- and a seventh-round pick.

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  • BuckeyeDawg

    If they were sitting on 13 picks and DIDN’T use some of them to move around and get the guys they want, I would be pissed.  I would rather be guaranteed the guy we want than have a low 4th rounder and 2 other guys who probably won’t even make it out of camp…

  • BenRM

    I don’t think they pull the trigger unless they had a strong feeling Tampa Bay was going to move up. They already missed on Griffin, they weren’t going to miss on Richardson. 

  • BenRM

    yeh, the 4th, 5th, and 7th were really going to come in and contribute…

  • gren


    The end. Stop being mad about what if’s, be happy with what comes next.

  • mgbode

    and Jags trade up to #5.   6 of first 7 picks obtained via trade now.  crazy

  • mgbode

    Schiano is very big into RBs who are 3-way threats.  running, receiving, blocking (Ray Rice went to Rutgers).   Blount only runs (poor blocking and receiving)

  • mgbode

    Jerry will not be out-done.  He’s trading up now (Claiborne?)

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  • Jworkman44

    Love it.

  • BenRM

    it is lagging sooo bad right now though ;

  • Ritz

    I am with you… I just don’t get the complaining. Some people just can’t be happy with anything.

  • Ritz

    How exactly we’re things ‘ruined?’ Please enlighten us why moving up to secure Richardson by giving up a few late round picks ruins things. Please explain this to me, cause right now I just think you like to complain.