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Here's something that could be interesting. With the possible release of Earnest Graham, could Schiano convince and coach Blount to be a starting Fullback? If the BUCS entertained this idea, they could be possibly look to draft Richardson at #5. It kinda fits into the "run the ball physically" mantra. It would keep defenses guessing.

Blount is not unlike Alstott in the skillset area. We don't know how well he catches out of the backfield because he was rarely used to do so. We've not seen what he can do blocking yet either. But if he has the will, much like the smaller Graham did, he could possibly pull it off. Besides, FBs are normally north/south runners that can kill in the second level of defenses. Blount can do that. Freeman said he felt comfortable being protected by Blount this past season even though he(Blount) didn't get to showcase it on 3rd downs.

With Richardson and Blount in the backfield, this would instantly strike fear in most DCs in the NFC South and most likely around the league. It would also bolster the thought of needing a top speed #1WR to blow the top off the defenses. As a fan, I'd love to see the speed and excitement of a deep ball. But I wouldn't trade it for the constant bruising of an effective running attack that most definitely will open up big pass plays eventually.

Of course, this is hypothetical. But would this not work? The BUCS definitely need help at the CB position which offers a "ShutDown/Elite" player in the form LSU's Morris Claiborne in the Draft. But if for some reason he's not available, could the BUCS not make the Richardson pick work?

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