BEREA, Ohio—Pat Shurmur said the Browns received intel that caused them to trade up one spot with the Vikings to insure they were able to get the player they had targeted for quite some time.
“As you saw, we chose Trent Richardson,” Shurmur said. “Unfortunately, we had to make a trade. As we went through the process we knew he was our guy. We had knowledge there were teams behind us who wanted to get him. Give Tom Heckert and his people credit for doing the intel.”
Shurmur was asked how the Browns knew they needed to move up.
“There’s constant conversation and we thought we had to move up.”
Shurmur said it was important to get a dependable running back. Last year, the Browns had anything but dependable running backs with the drama and injuries to Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson.
“He’s passionate and he’s durable,” Shurmur said. “He’s the type of runner we feel good about putting into our offense.
“He’s a terrific player and we think he is a really, really fine addition to the Cleveland Browns,” he said. “I think dependability is very important. The guys on the team and the fans need to know he is going to show up.”
Shurmur said he knew all about Richardson prior to the Pro Day.
“I had evaluated him and had worked for Nick Saban for three years,” Shurmur said. “it was easy to see him. Prior to going to the Pro Day there were hours and hours of work put in. The Pro Day just confirmed it.”
Shurmur said he feels Richardson can do it all.
“He’s a terrific runner,” he said. “He can run with power and make you miss. He can score. He can block and when you throw him the football he can catch. That’s about everything you want out of a running back.”
One of the memorable stories form Richardson’s Pro Day was when Browns running backs coach Gary Brown was knocked down holding the blocking bag for Richardson. The video went viral on You Tube.
“It’s funny when we flew down to work out Trent, I told Gary not to hold the bag,” Shurmur said. “He held the bag and he got jacked. It’s good he can beat up his coach.”
Shurmur was asked when he knew Richardson was the Browns pick.
“It’s hard to say, but when you put the draft together you decide what your needs are and we had the need a t running back and took the best player available.”
Shurmur said he’s not concerned that Richardson can make the jump to the NFL.
“With every player from college you have to project,” he said. “I saw him play a physical style in a physical conference and he helped that team win the national title.”