2011 Washington Redskins: Should the Redskins Draft a New Running Back?

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2011 Washington Redskins: Should the Redskins Draft a New Running Back?
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Saying that the Redskins have a lot of holes to fill in the draft and through free agency is sort of like saying "water is wet" or "the sun is hot"; it's blatantly obvious, and almost redundant. The Redskins will have to be extremely careful as they enter the season, and if they want to get better as a football team, every draft choice, every free agent signing, every move they make is going be extremely crucial.

However, one of the more surprising holes that analyst seem to think needs filling is that of running back. The Redskins parted ways with veteran back Clinton Portis shortly before the NFL lockout occurred, which, surprisingly, sent a bunch of red flags amongst analyst. 

The Redskins (in keeping with the "even when they win, they lose" mentality that surrounds this team) made a move to get younger and better their football team, not to mention free up salary cap room. But instead of being somewhat praised for a step in the right direction, the Redskins were instead criticized, and now, running back has been added to the (somewhat exaggerated) list of the 'Skins offseason needs.

But is it?

It might be hard for people to believe, but the Redskins played a lot of the season with Portis. While he's always been a great (sometimes even underrated) running back, he has been hurt for a large portion of the last two seasons. And the Redskins have a stable of younger, healthier options already on their roster.

So do the Redskins need to draft a new franchise running back? Is there one available in the draft that fits the Redskins scheme?

It's time to look at an honestly evaluate the running back position for the Washington Redskins, and what it needs to do to improve.

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