Redskins Select Roy Helu, Jr., RB From Nebraska

Posted by Matt Terl on April 30, 2011 – 1:24 pm

The Redskins trade again — but upward this time — to the 105th overall pick and select Roy Helu, a running back from Nebraska. I’m in transit from the Draft Day Party to Redskins Park and will have more once I’m settled in, but here’s intern Brian Tinsman weighin in on the pick:

After multiple trades down on Day Two of the NFL Draft, the Redskins opened Day Three with a trade up. In exchange for the Houston Texans fourth round pick (105) and sixth round pick (178), the Redskins handed over their fourth (127) and two fifth round picks (144, 152).

With the 105th pick, the Redskins selected Roy Helu Jr., running back from Nebraska.

The Redskins have a need for help at the running back position, and Helu could be the remedy. He perfected the stretch-zone, one-cut scheme at Nebraska, including an explosive game against Missourri 2010.

Here’s what Yahoo! Sports Shutdown Corner blog said about the “ridiculously under the radar” running back:

It’s hard to think of players better fitting this description than Nebraska running back Roy Helu, Jr, who rushed for 1,245 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior campaign despite his status in a rotation that allowed him just two games with 20 or more carries, and four with less than 10 carries. Especially for his size, Helu shows an impressive and surprising second-level burst, and this was confirmed at the scouting combine. At 6-foot-0 and 219 pounds, Helu ran a 4.40 40-yard dash (tied for fourth-best among all running backs), and his 10-yard split of 1.51 tied him with Auburn’s Mario Fannin for the best time out of the blocks.

This could be the next mid-round running back stud for the Shanahan/Bobby Turner tandem. Look for Helu to excel in the Redskins offense right away.

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