Round 5, No. 154: RB Christopher Thompson, Florida State
Perplexing: that was my one-word description immediately after Christopher Thompson’s selection in the fifth round. Thompson’s a scat back with blazing speed, but having suffered a broken back and ACL tear, he arrives in D.C. with a big ol’ Red Cross logo by his name.
The Redskins unquestionably need to lighten Alfred Morris’ load, get more dynamic at the running back position and find a reliable receiver out of the backfield. However, I thought the answer to all of those needs was the return of Roy Helu from an injury-plagued 2012 season that landed him on Injured Reserve.
Helu, a fourth-round pick in 2011, is a capable runner, possesses a gear in the open field that Morris doesn’t have and caught 49 balls in his rookie season. Helu is coming off turf toe surgery though, so he’s not exactly a reliable commodity. Perhaps the hope is that Thompson, Helu or some combination of the two finds a way to consistently spell Morris and be reliable on third downs.
On second thought, maybe grabbing a change-of-pace back in the fifth does make sense.