Trent Richardson Would Have Been the Perfect Fit for the St. Louis Rams

With Two First Round Picks in 2014, Trent Richardson Could Have Been a Perfect Fit for the St. Louis Rams

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COMMENTARY | The Cleveland Browns shocked the entire city of Cleveland, the entire NFL and possibly the entire universe by trading running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, to the Indianapolis Colts, in exchange for a first round pick, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Colts now have two of the top three picks from the 2012 NFL draft on their roster and have given quarterback Andrew Luck a fancy new weapon to hand the ball off to, which will supplement his immense skills and the Colts passing attack.

The move obviously is brilliant by the Indianapolis Colts, but people in St. Louis have to be wondering, "What if the Rams would have been aggressive, if given the same chance, and made the move instead?"

The Rams, thanks to trading out of the No. 2 overall pick in that same 2012 draft by swapping with the Washington Redskins for the rights to Robert Griffin III, have two first round picks in 2014 themselves and very well could have sacrificed one of those picks to supplement a running game that has struggled thus far through the NFL season's first two games.

As the Redskins continue to struggle at 0-2, the pick the Rams received from Washington is starting to look very valuable and the Rams could have been a perfect suitor for the Cleveland Browns, who are looking to rebuild once again.

Of course, the reason the Rams were not in the mix for Trent Richardson likely had to do with the salary cap problems, as the Rams have little wiggle room to make such huge roster adjustments.

But imagine what could have been if the Rams offensive attack featured two Richardsons in the backfield to go along with former No. 1 overall pick and blossoming quarterback Sam Bradford.

The Rams running attack has been extremely poor through the first two games. Daryl Richardson has rushed the ball 30 times for just 98 yards, averaging just 49 yards per game on the ground. While Richardson has been a stellar option as a receiver in the passing game, except for the pass that went off his face in Week 2 that ended up in the hands of Osi Umenyiora for a Falcons defensive touchdown, it is already clear that he is more of a complementary running back as opposed to a feature back.

Trent Richardson, on the other hand, is absolutely a feature back. On a bad Cleveland Browns team in 2012, Richardson ran for 1,055 yards and pounded in 11 rushing touchdowns while hauling in 58 receptions in the passing game as well.

If the Rams would have found a way to make a move for Trent Richardson, the Rams would have been set at quarterback and running back for years to come, much like the Colts are now.

Bradford would have had a dependable running game, which would be paired with the new weapons he can get the ball to through the air with the additions of Jared Cook via free agency and wide receiver Tavon Austin in the slot.

Misssed opportunities happen all of the time and who knows, the Rams may never have been offered the opportunity. Maybe the Rams see other holes in the roster that are more urgent than the running back position. Maybe the Rams front office is convinced that the team can get by with Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy running the ball. Maybe logistically, with the salary cap, it just did not make sense.

There is no doubt though, that the trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts shifted the power a bit in the AFC this season.

If the Rams could have found a way to bring the former Alabama standout to St. Louis by trading away one of their 2014 first round picks, the balance of power in the NFC West could have shifted in 2013 too.

Corey Rudd is owner/editor of StlSportsMinute.com and co-host of Fan Interference on CBS Sports 920 AM in St. Louis. Rudd also writes about the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and Missouri Tigers football team as a contributor for Yahoo Sports . You can follow him on Twitter here.

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