NFL Draft 2011: Washington Redskins' Turner Talks Running Backs
Redskins coach shares insight on approach to NFL draft
Bobby Turner has had some success when it comes to drafting running backs.
The Washington Redskins assistant coach/running backs coach talked with the team's website recently about the NFL Draft and his approach to taking running backs. Turner's been with coach Mike Shanahan since Denver and was part of the team's selection of Terrell Davis.
"We're looking for talent," he said in the story. "I'm looking for the next Terrell Davis. We're talking about a guy in the late rounds that can produce and help you win World Championships year in and year out."
Turner didn't tip his hand about their upcoming approach to the draft.
Mike Shanahan's teams have never selected a running back higher than the second round, and Turner said he wants a productive player who can "play every snap."
"And the key thing is also-without getting into the physical tools that you're looking for-is a player coachable?" Turner said. "The bottom line is that there has to be a trust level. You know, and that he believes in himself, and he believes in us."
My bet: Washington will pull the trigger around the fifth round and grab someone to pair with Keiland Williams and Ryan Torain. Wide receiver is still a higher priority, but another solid rusher would give the Redskins a setup just like Shanahan used to have in Denver.
It is incredible that both Turner and Shanahan have been able to spot talented backs and find them on such a consistent basis in late rounds. This draft isn't top heavy at the position so it should give Denver plenty of possibilities by the time they make a selection.
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