As the NFL Combine goes on in Indianapolis this week, it sounds like one of the biggest draft busts in recent years might be getting another shot. According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, the Baltimore Ravens are expected to sign former Colts running back Trent Richardson, pending a physical.
Richardson was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Browns, and after rushing for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie, he was traded to the Colts for a first round pick just two games into the following season. Richardson's two seasons in Indianapolis, however, were a disaster. Playing in 31 games (including playoffs), Richardson rushed for 978 total yards and six touchdowns, averaging 3.1 yards per carry, and catching 55 passes for 494 yards and three scores. During his last season with the Colts, the team was reportedly frustrated with weight issues and questions of accessibility, and Richardson was suspended for the AFC Championship game that year as well. Following the 2014 season, the Colts officially parted ways with the running back. Since then, he spent time in training camp with the Raiders and has had some workouts, but he didn't play anywhere in 2015.
The Ravens currently only have three running backs on their roster, so they do have the space and need to add another one. It sounds like that might be Richardson, which just further goes to show that teams will give players several chances if that player was a highly-regarded prospect coming out of college. Richardson had a productive career at Alabama and was obviously impressive enough to scouts to go number three overall in the draft, so the Ravens are likely hoping that they can finally be the team that helps Richardson figure things out and be successful in the NFL. The Browns, Colts, and Raiders haven't been able to, however, so it's doubtful it will happen in Baltimore.