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Redskins draft Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine


A day after it was revealed that the Redskins were trying to deal running back Matt Jones, the Redskins took a running back early in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

With the 114th overall pick, Washington took Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, a 5-11, 233-pound bruiser who left Oklahoma with a string of broken records in his belt. Despite the presence of Joe Mixon, Perine managed to put up at least 1,000 yards and 10-plus touchdowns every season, including a starlit freshman year where he rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns.

One scout, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, described Perine as a type of Eddie Lacy-light, which fits the mold Washington is likely trying to replace with Jones.

For now, Perine joins a crowded backfield. Along with Jones, there is also 2016 undrafted free agent Rob Kelly, 2013 fifth-round pick Chris Thompson and 2016 seventh-round pick Keith Marshall. Kelly led the team with 704 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.