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Colts owner Jim Irsay was right. His team was about to make a trade that was Earth shaking.
The Indianapolis Colts traded their 2014 first round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for running back Trent Richardson.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Browns traded their first round pick from a year ago two games into his second season. You never see that happen in the NFL.
The Colts now hold the number one pick (Andrew Luck) and the third pick (Richardson) from the 2012 draft. The Browns, well, they are yet again, on the down side. The Browns are going to retry the building process. Trading your first round pick that happens to be a running back from last year seems like a poor way of trying to rebuild, but who knows, maybe the Browns will get it right this time.
But, let's concentrate on the Colts and what this trade means for them.
This trade essentially means the Colts will have one of the best, if not the best, quarterback and running back duos in the league and for a very long time. Pairing Luck, who has an extremely bright future in the league, with Richardson should make opposing defenses worried.
Andrew Luck is a talented passer. Adding Richardson will force opposing defenses to play more defenders in the box to stop the run, which will leave less defenders in the secondary for Luck to throw into. It will also improve the play action game for Luck, as it will make opposing defenses honor the fake handoffs.
Of course, adding Richardson also improves the Colts running game. Not everything on the offense will be dependent on Luck and the passing game now. Too many teams know what its like to not have a good running game and how it has hindered some teams from moving further into the playoffs. Teams like the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos would love to have a running game to go with their great passing attack. The Colts obviously didnt want to rely just on thier quarterback to make plays on the offense so they helped him out in a big way.
There has been some criticism from some analysts that Richardson cant stay healthy and may not be as great as a running back as many percieve him to be because he hasnt had eye popping stats so far. In reality, its still way too early to tell. He is still only 23 years old and has the tools and physical make up of a good running back. And let's face it. He played for the Browns so of course his stats may not be that great. The Colts are taking a good gamble on Richardson.
The AFC South division just got a lot more interesting with the addition of Richardson. It should be an interesting battle between the Colts and the Houston Texans. Maybe even the Tennessee Titans, a surprise team so far, can create some noise. But, the Colts are in prime position for many years to not only compete for the division, but the AFC now with this deal.