Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech
A senior out of Virginia Tech, Khalil Herbert has the opposite issue that Evans does: Herbert did not break out until his fifth-year senior season. In four years at Kansas, Herbert totaled 1,735 career yards. In his one year in Blacksburg, he recorded 1,183 yards, good for second in the ACC.
Herbert is very much in the vein of a traditional running back. His game is not as dynamic as others in the draft, and he is likely not going to torch defenses as a pass-catcher. As such, Herbert is likely looking at a role like Peyton Barber’s on the Washington Football Team: a talented runner that can spell Gibson.
Herbert’s strengths are in his speed and build. At his pro day, Herbert recorded a respectable 4.46 40-yard dash speed. While slightly undersized at 5-foot-9, Herbert runs with a low center of gravity and can evade opposing defenses with ease.
Like Evans, Herbert is 23 years old, which is ancient for a running back prospect. Unlike Evans, Herbert has shown that he is getting better with age and can produce well in the right system. If Washington can tap into what made Herbert successful at Virginia Tech, then the franchise can have a young running back that can help lighten the load on Gibson over the course of the season.
Ranked as the fifth-best running back prospect on CBS, it will likely require a fourth or fifth-round pick to acquire Herbert, which is worth the potential benefit.