Player: Jawan Jamison
Position: Running back
Scouting report: Jamison doesn’t have height. And he doesn’t have blistering speed, having been clocked at 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
What he does possess, though, outweighs his shortcomings in the eyes of Washington's scouts.
In two seasons at Rutgers, Jamison rushed for a total of 1,972 yards and 13 touchdowns on 486 attempts. He also hauled in 36 passes for 385 yards.
After drafting Florida State’s Chris Thompson in the fifth round, the Redskins weren’t necessarily looking for another running back. But when Jamison was still waiting there, he presented too much value to pass up.
Jamison, a redshirt sophomore, said he left school early because he wanted to help his family out financially. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.
The Starke, Fla., native also played through a right ankle injury that limited his productivity last season. Jamison, though, says the ankle is fully healed.
Current depth chart: Alfred Morris, Evan Royster, Roy Helu Jr., Chris Thompson, Jamison, Keiland Williams.
Where Jamison fits: Morris will return as the No. 1 running back, while the newly acquired Thompson is expected to compete with Helu for the right to be the change-of-pace back.
Shanahan said Jamison could be used in third down situations and praised the diminutive running back for his ability to break off big runs.
Competition at the position figures to be intense; the Redskins might only keep three running backs and a fullback as they did last season.
What Jamison said: “They live everything that I bring to the table. I can pass block, I can run and I can catch [passes] out of backfield as well. I feel I can be an every down back.”
Asked about coming out early to help his mom, Shanda Davis, he added: “She’s been doing good. She’s a trooper. She’s always been there for me. She’s like my mother and father all at one and she did a tremendous job.”