For the first three rounds of the NFL Draft the Redskins went exclusively with defense. The moves made sense, as the team needed to rebuild an aging defensive line and bolster the talent on that side of the ball.
With their first pick in the fourth round, however, the Redskins moved to the offensive side of the ball and selected Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine.
If the name sounds familiar, it should. As a freshman with the Sooners, Perine broke an NCAA record by rushing for 427 yards in a win over Kansas. He had more than 1,700 yards that year to go with 21 touchdowns. His stats slid from there, and his junior year he shared carries with controversial third round pick Joe Mixon.
There is plenty for Redskins fans to like about Perine.
- Strength - Perine is a strong inside runner. He prefers to keep his runs inside the tackles, taking on defenders rather than evading them. At the NFL Combine, Perine bench pressed 225 lbs. 30 times, 2017's top performer of all running backs.
- Over the line - In three seasons Perine showed a knack for getting into the end zone, scoring 49 touchdowns. Washington struggled getting touchdowns inside the red zone in 2016, Perine should help at the goal line.
- Teamwork - Jay Gruden has been very clear that Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson will remain big parts of the Redskins 2017 rush attack. Perine is not a player to change that plan; he will be a complementary piece. More importantly, as a fourth round pick that worked in a timeshare in 2016 with the Sooners, Perine will be comfortable working in and out of the offense.
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