Drafting Trent Richardson isn’t necessarily a rebuke of Montario Hardesty as a player. Trent Richardson is highly enough touted that even if Montario Hardesty had lived up to his potential and not been hurt the Browns might have made a case that he was worth drafting as the best player available. All that being said, if media concerns about Hardesty are valid, then the Browns really did make a smart move getting Trent Richardson.
More than a few observers notice a hitch in Hardesty’s step when he walks, nearly two years removed from major knee surgery. How well he has been running is the subject of mixed reviews.
Obviously as guys are getting back in shape soreness could occur. You certainly don’t want to jump to a lot of conclusions and medical diagnoses on even first-hand visual accounts, let alone second-hand ones. That being said, Hardesty has never been healthy and might never be, much in the way Browns fans came to grips with the fact that Kellen Winslow would never be 100%. The difference of course is that Kellen Winslow had bona fide first round levels of talent. It still remains to be seen if Hardesty has bona fide second round levels.
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