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Drafting a running back this offseason may seem like a strange idea for the Redskins, but with new coach Jay Gruden running the offense, it shouldn't surprise anyone if/when it happens.
Last offseason, with Gruden serving as the offensive coordinator, the Bengals selected running back Giovani Bernard in the second round to complement power-back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, helping to add versatility to the offense.
Although Alfred Morris has jump-started his career with incredible back-to-back rookie and sophomore seasons, Gruden may look to find another back in this year's draft. Yes, Morris would remain the bell cow. But adding a new dimension to the backfield wouldn't hurt this offense.
This year's running back class may not be boiling over with talent, but it doesn't lack intriguing names. A guy like Devonta Freeman from Florida State would fit the mold of a versatile complement back thanks to his strong running, reliable hands and above-average pass protection.
While Freeman's talent should warrant second-round consideration, crazier things have happened. If he drops to the fourth round, Gruden and the Redskins could be waiting with open arms.