I will review both options the Buccaneers have at pick #5 after the jump I will review what drafting Trent Richardson would provide for Tampa and why that is the right pick.
2. Trent hardly ever fumbles If there was one big time issue most of us had with Blount I'm sure it was fumbling the football. Greg Schiano also addressed this issue recently when asked, and didn't sound happy at all. Throughout Trent's career at Bama, he only fumbled 6 times losing only one, and 3 of those were bad hand-offs. The NFL is a different game admittedly, but if Blount wants to earn starts for Schiano, he is gonna have to learn to handle and hold on to the "all important" rock as Schiano implied. Bottom Line, that problem isn't there at all with Trent, if anyone watched the Pro day, he has a unique way of holding the ball on the tip and tucking it in and flexing his bicep to sort of squeeze it. I know its weird that I know this but it creates a lot less less fumbles.
3. He is best available This is an argument reserved for those who believe in the "best player available" mantra reigns true at the top of the draft. Many scouts believe after Luck, RG3, and maybe Kalil (heard by some he isn't better and some he is better than Kalil) he is the best available player overall and a serious upgrade for Tampa. You want to know the most successful draft strategy recently for more successful drafting teams? It is BPA strategy, drafting a need at times causes reaches and busts more than any other strategy. Consider the BPA strategy the Packers had when they already had Farve, but took Aaron Rodgers because he was BPA. Patriots had a serious need at RB and WR a few years ago, but by their own evals, the BPA was Jerod Mayo and so on and so forth.
4. Trent can pass block and catch More accurately he is complete, but he is an above average pass blocker and underrated catching RB out of the backfield. This brings a new dimension to the offense and takes away the tell of benching Blount in favor of a better blocker. Having a more complete RB that can block and catch a lot more consistently improves our play action game and overall offensive efficiency. This also encompasses the argument that we need a bellcow back, as Schiano implied, to add a key cog in Sullivan's new offensive scheme, power running and deep shots downfield. You add a complete nightmare matchup at RB and see how much more successful your QB performs and your WR's be one more open, it is a domino effect.
5. It is a match made in heaven In this bullet, I will explain a little more of his past and outline his history, it is kind of long so bear with me. It is very seldom we find a player like Trent at a skill position with not only the myriad of physical skills and talent, but then couple that with his commendable attitude and work ethic and he is one of the most likable players in this draft. He was born in small town Escambia, Fla fairly poor as most in that town are,also the hometown of NFL Legend Emmitt Smith, and to this day maintains a close relationship with his mentor, Smith. He almost ended up following the same route, had it not been for his Mom falling for a smooth talking Nick Saban HC for Bama, and his promise to continue running physical power pro scheme football, so he committed to Saban and Bama early over the Summer and never wavered, it was what his beloved mother wanted. It turned out to be the right choice as he had continuity (UF had a little success followed by Meyer leaving and a whole new coaching staff being hired) and is now looking at being picked in the top 5. Many people want to talk about mistakes, and Trent is not without them, in 9th grade before he had discovered his fball calling, he had neighbors that moved in from Easter Island. He formed a special bond with both brothers, who were famous in there area of the world for being Sumo wrestlers, and Trent credits them to this day for his physicality. He was trained to wrestle and taught toughness from them, but the dad was old school and always had a sneaking suspicion about Trent simply for the fact that his youngest child, his daughter had been sheltered and had only had interaction with her older brothers. As Trent stayed hours every day working out and training he developed a relationship and eventually fathered a daughter when he was 16 with her. The father was furious and vowed to move her back out of the country, but before he could she had become pregnant with Trent's 2nd child, so he kept her in the US until she had his daughter and then moved her away. To this day Trent's mother has taken care of both of his daughters and he still has a relationship through Skype and vows to move her back to the states as soon as he can, but many don't know that he is also a father, but has taken care of both of them with the help of his mother from day 1 and makes no apologies for it. He is a stand up person with a great work ethic, and a hometown hero. You guys all saw the way he lit up when asked about Tampa, he loves the Buccaneers, like all of us do. He was both a backup and starter for Bama and never once fussed or was upset about his role in the offense. He is the epitome of what Byner, Sullivan, and Schiano want in a starting RB and a match made in heaven for Tampa.