Starting with Terrell Davis in Denver, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has earned his reputation as Running Backs Whisperer, taking obscure picks and developing them into electrifying playmakers.
That’s precisely what he’ll try to do with Florida Atlantic back Alfred Morris, who comes to the NFC East out of the Sun Belt Conference. He comes to the Redskins as an Evan Royster type who isn’t the best at any one thing, but is a well-rounded serviceable back.
This was his review and attributes, courtesy of his draft Combine page:
Morris runs low and can get to the hole with a decent burst. He is a natural runner between the tackles who can feel and avoid pressure or wait for his seam to develop.
He is deceptively agile in short areas to avoid clean hits on him through the initial three yards of a play, and he plays much faster when tasked with finding daylight in a short area. He is capable of blocking in pass protection at the next level if his willingness matches his ability.
As every running back under coach Bobby Turner will tell you, “if you can’t pass protect, you’ll never see the field.” Morris seems to possess that ability, and he’ll have to show it at the pro level if he expects to be the next Davis. Scouts compare him to a runner in the mold of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
I think the Redskins would take that kind of production.
Here’s a highlight video from his Pro Day at FAU: Read more »
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The Redskins continue to target the interior offensive line with draft picks, as they added Iowa Hawkeye Adam Gettis with the No. 141 overall pick.
Gettis possesses good speed and quickness of the snap, a benefit to overcome his undersized frame. This was his Combine scouting report from NFL.com:
He consistently gets into his man first when pass blocking and is a good overall blocker because of it. He wins with leverage, which is often the only way to gain an advantage on bigger foes.
Gettis is very polished in his hand and footwork, and understands pad and helmet placement’s importance in gaining a blocking advantage. His quick feet allow him to be a very mobile and versatile blocker.
In the lead up to the draft, Profootballtalk.com listed Gettis as a fast-riser in the draft. According to Evan Silva:
Gettis’ two unofficial forty times were 4.91 and 5.00, both impressive for a 293-pound football player. He posted the fastest unofficial 10-yard split among offensive linemen, clearing the first quarter of the forty in 1.65 seconds.
Shanahan prefers the smaller faster linemen for the zone blocking scheme. Gettis may need to bulk up some in the pros, but this was likely good value for the system. Injuries were a major issue on the offensive line in 2012, and they have already selected two interior linemen.
Curious that they have not added anything at offensive tackle, but there’s still time and several picks to go.
Here is Gettis’s draft profile, courtesy of Pro Football Weekly: Read more »
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Even though Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan couldn’t be at FedExField this afternoon for the Draft Day party (he’s a little bit busy in the Redskins War Room), he was able to treat fans at FedExField to a special message from Redskins Park.
After his Thursday night selection of quarterback Robert Griffin III, that smile on his face might be permanent.
[Editor’s Note: Coach Shanahan chose a poor time to be soft-spoken. It translated well to the crowd in the stadium, but not on the audio here. Transcript follows the video.] Read more »
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The Redskins continue to add to their list of Texas converts, selecting Plano-native and linebacker Keenan Robinson. Both Robert Griffin III and Josh LeRibeus are from the same region as Robinson, which happens to be a suburb of Dallas, Texas.
That’s one way to one-up the Cowboys.
Robinson also joins Brian Orakpo as former Texas Longhorns in the Redskins linebacker corps. Robinson was one of the top available players left on the board with the 119th pick, and brings the reputation as a vicious tackler. He was a full-time starter for the last three years at Texas, and was a Butkus Award semifinalist last season.
For those of you concerned with too many Texans in Washington, just know that he was actually born in Omaha, Neb. According to his Texas bio, he was a three-time member of the school’s Honor Roll, and earned academic all-district honors as a high schooler. He also enjoys video games and cooking.
He may be a mid-round pick, but he’s a smart kid with great character. Oh, and he hits really hard: Read more »
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Show me the NFL “expert” that predicted this draft class for the Redskins.
Going into the weekend, most NFL minds predicted that the Redskins would upgrade the quarterback position with Robert Griffin III. No one could have estimated that the Redskins would totally remodel their quarterback position, by adding Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Cousin’s intrigue with the Redskins coaching staff was surely solidified with an outstanding performance against Shanahan’s South Team at the 2012 Senior Bowl. Cousin’s appeared polished, and made all the throws necessary to move up the draft board.
It will be interesting to see what head coach Mike Shanahan has to say about taking a second quarterback in lieu of addressing other obvious needs. It will also be interesting to see how recently selected quarterback RG3 responds to the addition of KC1.
Here’s a snippet from Pro Football Weekly’s interview of Cousins at the Senior Bowl: Read more »
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