The Oakland Raiders struggled to compliment Pro Bowl running back Latavius Murray last year, but now it seems they may have found their guy in running back DeAndre Washington when they selected him in the fifth round (143rd overall).
Washington provides the Raiders with a smaller, shifty back that can come out of the backfield and also haul in receptions. But while Texas Tech has long been known for its spread offense, the 23-year-old back still managed to rush for 1,492 yards and 14 touchdowns last year.
"“I think guys don’t realize we actually ran the ball quite a bunch too," Washington said on a conference call after the selection. "So, I think playmakers make plays, at the end of the day. I’m excited to be a part of this Oakland offense. I look forward to doing big things.”
Washington stands at just 5-foot-8, 204 pounds and has been compared to Bay Area native Maurice Jones-Drew. Though he may be smaller, he takes pride in his ability to pass block.
“I take that personally, man," the former Texas Tech Red Raiders said. "I think if you watch my film, anytime I get a chance to take on a defender, I play with a chip on my shoulder when it comes to that part of my game. I definitely take that personally. I look forward to protecting Derek Carr or whoever the quarterback may be.”
Washington looks forward to getting to work and playing for a franchise with so much history.
“The Raiders are a rich-tradition organization – tradition runs deep," Washington said. "I know they have some die-hard fans out there, so I’m looking forward to getting out there and competing and having some fun and doing some big things for the Raider Nation.”