My first reaction was shock, trade a first round pick, are you kidding me? For a RB, are you kidding me? I really like Ballard and Bradshaw, not many teams in this league have a RB listed at #3 on their depth chart, with the ability of Brown...are you kidding me?
It took a while for the shock to wear off, then I gave it alot of thought....why would the Browns trade a guy they drafted #3 overall , would have been a #1 overall most years, a player who had a very good rookie season, on a team desperate for talent and recieve a mid to late first round pick in return......the hearsay is the Browns are convinced he is not an elite player, he is injury prone, wasn't that productive,had a 3.6 average...I see that he ran for almost 1,000 yards as a rookie, despite missing a game, on a team with not much production at QB and not much in the way of play makers-facing teams loading the box-to stop him , with a very weak O-line and played with broken ribs..ok, maybe that wasn't elite, but hardly..journeyman.
I remember reading about him before the draft and thinking, this guy is going to be an awesome football player, one of those once in a decade or 2 kinda players.
The more I thought about it, the more I liked it, he can be an elite RB, he can be one of the best in the NFL, he has the god given talent and great "football" numbers, a rare blend of size and speed. He is the kind of player that teams build around and you don't get guys like that, unless you are sitting at the top of the draft. A mid to late first rounder for a guy who could be elite.....time will tell, my gut tells me we cashed in on another teams stupidity, if he is that player, the Browns really look cluless (imagine that)
Not sure what this means for ....down the road....Ballard, Bradshaw....can't see all 3 of these guys on the roster, next year