Yes we all know that I want the Bucs to draft Trent Richardson. He is clearly the best RB coming out the draft and looks to be a special talent. But yet there are other good or possibly great RB's coming out as well that will come out the second or third rounds too. But you cant say for sure how they will pan out. Especially on our squad. However I will make a case for why investing in Richardson or a higher round RB is needed this year. I hear alot that RBs come a dime a dozen. No need to invest high in a running back because there shelf life is short and the value isn't there in the pick. I agree the shelf life for RBs are shorter, but a good RB can give you great production in that time span. It is the most demanding position on the offensive side. But lets look at all of the most recent RBs the Bucs have drafted or had on the team that was undrafted since 2005.
Cory Boyd, Kenneth Darby, Allen Bradford, Carnell Williams, Clifton Smith, Legarrette blount, Kregg Lumpkin, Mosis Madu and Kareem Huggins. *Earnest Graham (undrafted in 2004). I may have missed some people but you get the idea. Overall its a bunch of players who had little to no success and most of them were undrafted. The only ones that had success were Caddy, Graham, Blount, and Smith as a KR/PR.
Now of course Cadillac was the highest investment out of the group and he got hurt. Now almost every year we have been drafting or trying to find undrafted running backs to become the number one back for our team. This year we actually have a legit chance and reason to draft a talented running back. Blount isn't a starter. We have to stop depending on undrafted running backs and actually invest in another RB. I say Richardson of course. Or any other running back that could actually come in and start if Blount goes down or gets benched. I love Lamichael James as a 3rd down back but could i depend on him as a starter? I'm not so sure. But let me know what you think.