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The Oakland Raiders selected running back DeAndre Washington with pick No. 143

The Oakland Raiders selected running back DeAndre Washington with pick No. 143

The Oakland Raiders entered the draft needing a running back and Reggie McKenzie finally filled that hole by taking Texas Tech's DeAndre Washington in the fifth round (143rd overall). 

Washington has quick acceleration and can get to top speed quickly. He's a confident young man that isn't afraid to run straight at a tackler. He stands just 5-foot-8, 204 pounds but runs with a toughness that makes him seem much bigger. His short stature gives him solid balance, making him a difficult tackle. 

On top of being a speedy back, Washington is a solid receiver out of the backfield and dangerous with the ball in his hands after catching the ball. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will have the opportunity to use him in the screen game, as well as moving him into the slot. 

Scouts say he may struggle at times with poor vision, but is quick and shifty as soon as he finds some space. His size may also be detrimental in pass blocking should he have to pick up linebackers coming in on blitzes. 

Washington could give the Raiders a solid complimentary back to incumbent starter Latavius Murray, who made his first Pro Bowl last season after finishing second in the AFC rushing race. Washington also has experience returning the ball and could become a dangerous return man early on for the Raiders.


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