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With his potent blend of speed and power, Richardson seems likely to be the first running back taken and may go in the top five. Richardson chose to leave Alabama following a stellar junior season in which he finished with school records of 1,679 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns, helping to lead the Crimson Tide to their second BCS title in three years. Richardson set another school mark with 2,083 all-purpose yards and tied an SEC record with 24 total TDs. He became the storied program's first recipient of the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. He was also named the SEC offensive player of the year, earned unanimous All-American honors and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. Richardson's breakout season came after he shared the backfield with Mark Ingram during his first two seasons, totaling 1,451 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also proved to be an excellent receiver and kick returner. Richardson had 68 receptions for 730 yards and seven touchdowns in his career, and he returned 28 kickoffs for 720 yards and one TD, with most of that special teams duty coming as a sophomore. Richardson lost one fumble in his college career. He has been recovering from minor knee surgery which caused him to skip taking part in drills at the combine, but the procedure probably won't hurt his lofty draft stock. Richardson also missed two games with a sprained knee as a sophomore.