The Redskins selected Stanford running back Bryce Love with the 112th pick of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon.
Running back did not rank high among Washington’s 2019 needs, but the position unit isn’t exactly stable and the offense overall needs more playmakers. Enter Love, who had 2,118 yards from scrimmage in 2017 with the Cardinal while averaging 8.1 yards per carry and scoring 19 touchdowns. He finished in Heisman Trophy voting to Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
Here’s the rub. The 5-foot-9 back suffered a torn ACL in Stanford’s regular season finale. That makes love’s availability for 2019 unclear. Expect to hear the PUP list mentioned often in relation to his situation.
"My goal is to be ready by training camp, mid-training camp, being able to find a way to compete and do my thing," Love told local reporters during a conference call Saturday.
On the field, Love warranted first-round consideration pre-injury though his 2018 stats (739 rushing yards) were underwhelming. He said he will bring "explosivity, versatility, being able to do a lot of different things."
As for how love fits in with what’s now a crowded backfield, consider the following:
- Derrius Guice is recovering from his own ACL tear
- Adrian Peterson is 34
- Chris Thompson is often injured and a 2020 free agent
- Samaje Perine remains unproven
Regardless of his role, Love is pumped for the next chapter.
"I obviously know it's surreal. I'm excited and I'm ready to get in there and get to work," Love said.
Love is the third offensive player selected by Washington in four picks. The Redskins added quarterback Dwayne Haskins (No. 15) and receiver added Terry McLaurin (No. 76) on Day 2 with pass rusher Montez Sweat (No. 26) in between. Washington entered Saturday with seven selections.
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