Running back is a position that will almost certainly garner consideration from the Redskins in Round 2. Unless the team trades back in the first round to get Derrius Guice, it’s likely that they will target a Day 2 option to plug a hole at the running back position. There will be a few second-round options, but there are three that stand out.
Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, and Ronald Jones should all strongly interest the Redskins. The trio of backs all have talent, and the Georgia duo are particularly strong. Michel is the best of the bunch, in this analyst’s opinion, but he is also likely to be off the board by the time the Redskins pick. Michel could sneak into the first round because of his Alvin Kamara like ability. So, getting him would be tough for the Redskins.
As for Chubb, he is more of a two-down back at the NFL level, as he’s not much of a receiver. But, between the tackles, he runs with strength and power and he should be a force for the team that drafts him. He’s also going to be further removed from the devastating knee injury he suffered sophomore year, so he could get some of his athletic ability back.
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That said, it’s possible that Chubb could be off the board when the Redskins are picking. He seems to be rising as the draft draws nearer, so he could be the fourth runner off the board, which would be sensible given where I have him ranked on my running back big board.
Because of this, the Redskins are likely going to miss on the Georgia products. Still, the team may be able to land a quality running back in the second round. That could be Ronald Jones. Jones had a great career at USC and was one of the most elusive players in college football. He’s going to be a strong running back, but if Guice, Michel, and Chubb all make it to the late-first, early-second round range, Jones could slip to the middle of Round 2.
If that happens, the Redskins should try to snap up Jones as quickly as possible. He has the potential to be a three-down back and while he could stand to add strength at the NFL level, he has game-breaking ability and should be a solid player. Landing him would definitely solve the Redskins running back problems, and the only way they wouldn’t take him would be if one of the Georgia guys makes it to this pick.