This year, that surprise injury comes in the form of Alabama running back Trent Richardson, unanimously considered the top prospect at his position in this year’s draft class.
According to Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, the Heisman runner-up running back will miss workouts at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine due to “minor” arthroscopic knee surgery that he underwent three weeks ago.
Richardson had the surgery to alleviate some of the pain resulting from an injury that he sustained during practice leading up the BCS Championship Game last month. Although he has reportedly been making good progress, he will skip the Combine drills in an effort to avoid re-aggravating the injury.
Unless this injury proves to be more than just a temporary discomfort, don’t expect Richardson’s draft stock to drop much if any. Already considered the No. 1 running back and a Top 10 talent, it’s unlikely that a minor injury could cause a plummet down the draft boards.
Richardson is expected to fully participate in all on-field drills when Alabama holds its official Pro Day on March 7.
Until then, draftniks everywhere will just have to focus on who the No. 2 running back will be. Is it Miami’s Lamar Miller, Virginia Tech’s David Wilson, Washington’s Chris Polk or Boise State’s Doug Martin? Hopefully this week’s Combine action will give us all a better idea of that.
Sorry to all of you Richardson fanboys who were hoping to see him light up the Combine this weekend.