The St. Louis Rams hold five picks in the top 100 of the 2012 NFL Draft, including the No. 6 overall selection they obtained in a trade with the Washington Redskins, but if head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead had planned on taking Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson with their first pick, they might have to look past his pro day performance on Thursday. According to SB Nation's NFL draft blog, Mocking The Draft (along with every other major draft outlet), Richardson is the No. 1-rated running back in the 2012 draft class, but he may have cast some doubt on whether he is an elite game-breaker that would justify the selection of a running back at such a high spot.
The Alabama Pro Day was aired live on ESPN3.com, and as ESPN claimed Richardson was only 70 percent healthy, he ran two unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.58 seconds. If he was not completely healthy, then it's back to the film room for scouts to decide if he has the elite speed that all superstar running backs need to have in the modern NFL. The 40 times won't define his value in the draft, but it makes scouting his top-end speed even harder for teams to approximate now. Richardson had also hoped to dominate in the 225-pound bench drill, but he only put up 25 reps when it was his turn.
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