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Richardson is main attraction at star-studded Alabama pro day

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson swept the Cleveland Browns -- or at least one notable member of the franchise -- off their feet.

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Richardson bowled over Browns running backs coach Gary Brown -- a still-sturdy former NFL runner -- in a blocking drill Thursday during Round 2 of Alabama's pro day. So the Browns, who have the No. 4 overall pick in April and need a running back, at least know the Crimson Tide star packs a wallop.

"Anytime someone's in my way, I'm going to try to knock them over," Richardson said. "Either they're going to hit me or I'm going to hit them. So nine times out of 10, I'm trying to throw the lick."

Brown was among the large assembly of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers who attended the pro day.

The physical 227-pound Richardson ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.45-to-4.49-second range. He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert were on hand, too. Richardson said he's scheduled to visit the Browns, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, among other teams.

"Whoever wants me to come," he said, "I can't wait."

Safety Mark Barron (who ran the 40 in the 4.53-to-4.57-second range) and linebacker/defensive end Courtney Upshaw (who weighed 272 pounds and ran the 40 in the 4.73-to-4.76-second range) also worked out for NFL teams at Alabama's pro day. All three are projected first-round picks who were nursing injuries at the NFL Scouting Combine and skipped Alabama's first pro day March 7.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who did some drills, and linebacker Dont'a Hightower also could go in Round 1.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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