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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Todd McShay Projects Trent Richardson To Seattle Seahawks

Trent Richardson had a prolific career at Alabama and is now looking to continue his football career at the next level. Just about every mock draft out there has him going somewhere in the first round, although the recent struggles of first round running backs may have dampened the likelihood of Richardson going early at the 2012 NFL Draft.

Todd McShay of ESPN doesn't quite buy into this trend and has the Seahawks drafting Richardson with the No. 11 overall pick.

Richardson is a top-five talent but will likely slip a bit because of positional value considerations. Falling this far would be a surprise, but none of the teams in the top 10 have a pressing need at running back. If none of them ignore need to take the best player available, the Seahawks will feel like they've won the lottery. Both Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett are free agents, and Richardson would bring with him an elite combination of size, speed, power, quickness and vision.

The Seahawks will likely look to retain Lynch and it makes sense to go with the proven commodity, but the team could definitely look towards Richardson if they are unable to keep their All-Pro running back. It's be interesting to see which direction the franchise decides to move going forward.

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