The recent signing of beleaguered running back Larry Johnson should be met with neither excitement nor promise from Washington Redskins fans (optimism maybe).
The Redskins now host a backfield older than the cast of Friends with more playing time than Seinfeld re-runs.
If there is any tread left on Johnson's or Portis' tires, it'll be a season or two road trip. A last hoorah for two running backs before their Thelma and Louise-type ending.
But instead of a final car ride over the Grand Canyon, the adapted NFL version features them getting signed to a veteran minimum contract by the New England Patriots or grabbing a desk on ESPN Tjhree and dispensing "experienced" advice on games featuring non-playoff contenders that were blacked out by Roger Goodell.
The Redskins need to find the future tailback to carry on the tradition of great running adorned in burgundy and gold. While offensive line and quarterback are the more pressing needs to be addressed in the first two rounds, the late rounds offer a number of viable backs to farm for the future.
Shanahan's drafting strength has always been his ability to find quality backs in later rounds and turn them into 1,000 yard rushers.
Most notably is the drafting of Terrell Davis in 1995 in the sixth round. The three time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XXXIII MVP remains the Denver Broncos all-time leading rusher. Olandis Gary (fourth rd, '99) and Mike Anderson (sixth rd, '00) both churned out 1,000 yard seasons under Shanahan.
With three late round picks (fourth, fifth, and seventh), the Redskins can possibly draft a running back to learn from, play behind, and eventually supplant Portis and Johnson. The three running backs featured all fit this bill.