When the Browns traded up to the 59th overall pick, almost everyone assumed that the team would draft quarterback Colt McCoy. Instead, they once again surprised everyone by drafting Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty.
Hardesty is a good running back, considered quick and aggressive, but not a player teams would trade up for, especially in the second round. He comes with serious injury concerns, and there are questions about his lateral movement and some wonder about his ability to make big plays. However, the Browns’ running game is not set in stone by any means. Jerome Harrison finished the year strong but there is no guarantee that he can be a starter in the long run. The rest of the the team’s running backs are all competing for a role, and Hardesty, with his work ethic, should be able to find himself a place on this team.