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2012 NFL Draft: TST Community Round 1, Pick 5

Yesterday the Browns made a move to add Matt Kalil. Today, we are faced with yet ANOTHER trade, this time the Steelers (led by Rcoon1307) are moving up. They had to fork over their 1st, 2nd and 5th round picks this year along with a 1st and 3rd next year to make the deal. Hardly chump change. Who is worth that much to them? Let's see:


Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

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The Steelers have lost starting running back Rashard Mendenhall to a torn ACL and he will miss the entire 2012 NFL season (and might never be the same). He was having a terrible year anyway- his yards per carry were way down and there is no capable RB on the Steelers roster to carry the rock for 4 quarters. The Steelers have promised to go back to the "old steeler way" which means running the ball and playing D. Cutting Mendenhall will clear some cap space and Richardson will be a tremendous upgrade for a similar price. Richardson has all the talent and intangibles to be as good as Adrian Peterson and doesn't have any where near the injury concern. Having a running game with Richardson will make Big Ben, Antonio Brown, And Mike Wallace that much better. The Steelers gave up a lot but have drafted well recently and aren't far away from getting back to the Super Bowl.

Analysis after the jump.

While I completely disagree with Rcoon1307 on whether or not Rashard Mendenhall isn't doing very well (over 1000 yards receiving and rushing on less then 250 touches with 9 touchdowns? How is that bad!), adding Trent Richardson will create a monster tandem (when Mendenhall returns later in the year) that is surely "old Steeler Football".

Couple that with the fact that the Steelers already have a potent passing attack? The Steelers will have one very good offense. Very good. Is it worth it to give up all those picks? I'd think not, but of course, I'm not the one in charge of the Steelers. They now have top talent all over the offense.

The fifth pick has come and gone. If you missed any of the previous picks, or want to see what trades have been made so far, check out the full schedule.