The Redskins opened the final day of the 2017 NFL Draft with eight selections. They used their first one for some backfield help.
The Washington Redskins went all defense with their first three picks. On Day 3 they ran to the other side of the ball.
Pick: 4th round, 114th overall
Who: Samaje Perine
Position: Running back
Height/weight: 5'11" 233 pounds
Why him: The Redskins cobbled together an effective backfield last season with Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson, but the idea of needing more became a constant offseason discussion. That became especially true with rumors that Washington is looking to deal Matt Jones. Perine set NCAA single-game record with 427 rushing yards in 2014.
Strengths/Weaknesses (From NFL.com): "Perine is a physical runner who can create additional yardage through power and can be a complimentary "banger" for a team who already has a slasher. Perine doesn't have the burst or play speed to be a dynamic lead back, but he can handle a heavy workload if needed and he should become an immediate short-yardage and goal-line option. ... All bully with very little ballerina as a runner. Lacks loose hips to make sudden lateral escapes or take advantage of a late opening. ...Could have troubles getting to the edge against NFL speed. Has had ankle injuries in past that could require additional scrutiny at the combine."
Stats: Ran for 1,060 yards and 12 scores last season despite sharing time with fellow draft pick Joe Mixon.
Redskins' current depth chart: Robert Kelley, Chris Thompson, Matt Jones, Mack Brown, Keith Marshall
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