2016 NFL Draft: 5 First-Round Prospects Redskins Must Target

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Ezekiel Elliott
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Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott

There’s been a lot of talk among Redskins fans about the potential for the team to spend an early-round pick on a running back. Well Washington isn’t going to re-sign Alfred Morris, and may not feel comfortable with Matt Jones as the unquestioned starter moving forward. If they don’t sign another quality veteran during free agency, would the Redskins really consider Elliott if he slides to No. 21?

Well, it certainly makes sense from a talent standpoint. In terms of natural ability, Elliott is one of the best running back prospects to come into the NFL over the last five years. Many see him ranking among the likes of Todd Gurley, which is saying something considering he tore up the league as a rookie last year. Elliott is an outstanding, well-rounded runner who could come in and immediately upgrade the Redskins’ ground game.

However, the Redskins have a larger need on the defensive side of the ball, which makes Elliott far from a priority. Still, if Washington really isn’t sold on Jones as the future of the running game and it fails to find a capable contributor via free agency, you have to imagine they’d at least consider Elliott if he’s still on the board at No. 21.

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