Starting with Terrell Davis in Denver, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has earned his reputation as Running Backs Whisperer, taking obscure picks and developing them into electrifying playmakers.
That’s precisely what he’ll try to do with Florida Atlantic back Alfred Morris, who comes to the NFC East out of the Sun Belt Conference. He comes to the Redskins as an Evan Royster type who isn’t the best at any one thing, but is a well-rounded serviceable back.
This was his review and attributes, courtesy of his draft Combine page:
Morris runs low and can get to the hole with a decent burst. He is a natural runner between the tackles who can feel and avoid pressure or wait for his seam to develop.
He is deceptively agile in short areas to avoid clean hits on him through the initial three yards of a play, and he plays much faster when tasked with finding daylight in a short area. He is capable of blocking in pass protection at the next level if his willingness matches his ability.
As every running back under coach Bobby Turner will tell you, “if you can’t pass protect, you’ll never see the field.” Morris seems to possess that ability, and he’ll have to show it at the pro level if he expects to be the next Davis. Scouts compare him to a runner in the mold of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
I think the Redskins would take that kind of production.
Here’s a highlight video from his Pro Day at FAU: