The Washington Football Team has several glaring needs to fill entering the 2021 NFL Draft.
To be candid, running back is not one of them.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the Washington Football Team has a bona fide young starter at the position that could lead the backfield for years to come. Drafted in the third round last year out of Memphis, Antonio Gibson solidly won the starting role in Washington’s backfield by racking up 11 rushing touchdowns on just under five yards per attempt.
Gibson is lightning-quick and explosive, as shown in his dominating three-touchdown performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. There is zero question about who will get the majority of run for Washington in 2021.
With Gibson set to reprise his starting role and J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber under contract for 2021, there is no reason to spend high draft capital on a running back. Although some mock drafts have tied Clemson running back Travis Etienne to Washington’s 19th overall pick, that selection seems as likely as Mark Rypien returning under center this fall.
However, the 2021 running back class is deep, with many quality talents available in the late rounds. The Washington Football Team has four Day 3 picks (a fourth-rounder, a fifth-rounder and two seventh-rounders), which gives the team options late in the draft.
With that in mind, there are four potential impact running backs likely to be available in the back half of the draft that are worth consideration from the Washington Football Team.