Player: Chris Thompson
Position: Running back
College: Florida State
Scouting report: The Redskins entered this year’s draft in need of a change-of-pace running back to complement Alfred Morris.
Now they seem to have found one.
Thompson is currently recovering from a torn ACL his left knee, but he said he was clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash prior to the injury. He was also on pace to be the Seminoles’ first 1,000 yard back since Warrick Dunn in 1996.
Thompson, who amassed 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career, is a slippery runner who averaged 6.26 yards per carry. He also has good hands, having grabbed 45 passes during his career for 430 yards (9.6 yards per.)
In 2011, Thompson missed all but five games after the two vertebrae in his back.
Thompson told reporters on a conference call after getting picked that the back is no longer a concern and that his knee should allow him to be full go by training camp.
His propensity for injuries, though, would seem to be a concern.
Current depth chart: Morris, Evan Royster, Roy Helu Jr., Keiland Williams, Thompson.
Where Thomson fits: Last season, Morris and Griffin combined for 90 percent of the Redskins carries. But with Griffin recovering from a major knee injury – and Helu attempting to bounce back from a lingering foot ailment – Thompson could be asked to shoulder some of the load in 2013.
What Thompson said: “My knee is feeling really good. I’ve been told by my trainers that by training camp I should be fine. Now I’m just ready to joining the Redskins and continue to get my knee better.”