The Washington Redskins have one of the NFL‘s best young running backs in Alfred Morris, who may need a capable backup this season to help take some of the burden off his shoulders. Washington has loaded up with talented young backs behind Morris with Chris Thompson, Evan Royster, Roy Helu, and rookies Lache Seastrunk and Silas Redd, who could prove to be a very good pick up down the road.
Redd has the size NFL teams would like out of their running backs at 5-foot-10, 212 pounds. His 212-pound frame is thick and he looks the part of a bell cow running back owning great vision and cut-back ability. His thick lower body allows him to power through arm tackles and fight for extra yardage after contact. Due to his strength, he is also a capable and very willing pass blocker showing great poise and understanding when he must protect his quarterback.
Redd lacks the ideal speed for an NFL runner and does not have the receiving capability to make him a value to a team looking for a third-down back to spell their No. 1. He has durability issues and has never shown the ability to be a full-time No. 1 back at the collegiate level.
Redd will likely compete with Seastrunk, Thompson and Royster for playing time this preseason, but the odds are not in the former Trojan’s favor. Redd’s best shot is to show well during the preseason to either latch on with another team or stick on the Washington practice squad to develop and refine his game for a season or two.