Bama-to-Washington pipeline continues as Commanders draft Tide RB

Brian Robinson Jr.

Entering the 2022 NFL Draft, it was no secret the Commanders wanted to add to its running back room. And on Day 2 of the annual April event, Washington did just that.

Washington drafted Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. with the 98th overall selection on Friday night. Robinson brings a powerful running style to the Commanders running back room, a trait none of Washington's backs had in 2021 after releasing Peyton Barber.

Robinson Jr. is the latest of many running backs that have been drafted from Alabama in recent years. He spent the first three years of his college career behind several talented backs before earning his first real shot in 2020, splitting carries with now-Steelers star Najee Harris. That season, he finished with 483 yards on 91 carries and six touchdowns.

In 2021, Robinson Jr. became Alabama's lead back in his fifth and final college season. He finished with 271 carries for 1,343 yards (5.0 yards per carry) with 16 total touchdowns, earning first-team All-SEC honors along the way.

With the Commanders, Robinson Jr. will compete for playing time with lead back Antonio Gibson and pass-catching specialist J.D. McKissic. Jaret Patterson, who made the team as an undrafted free agent last season, rounds out the running back room.

Robinson Jr. is the second Alabama player the Commanders selected on Friday evening, as the team took defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis in the second round.