Name: Silas Redd
Position: Running Back
College: USC (Transferred from Penn State)
Height: 5'9 3/4"
Weight: 212 lbs
Draft Status: Undrafted Free Agent
Silas Redd will compete in a crowded backfield competition to make the Washington Redskins’ roster in 2014. Alfred Morris has the starting position locked up, but the rest of the depth chart isn’t quite as clear. Redd will compete with fellow rookie running back Lache Seastrunk for a roster spot. Joining Redd and Seastrunk are current Redskins running backs Chris Thompson, Roy Helu Jr., and Evan Royster all competing for the final two running back spots on the 53-man roster.
Redd dealt with injuries throughout his final two college seasons at USC (after transferring from Penn State), however, when healthy Redd was a very effective player. Although Redd lacks the ideal top-end speed, he is an interesting prospect with a lot of upside. It is worth noting that the Redskins have had success in the past with running backs that lacked preferred top-end speed (Alfred Morris ran the forty in 4.67, Redd ran it in 4.68). Although Redd lacks the speed a player like Seastrunk possesses, he makes up for it with good vision and attacks the open lane once he finds it.
Roster Bubble: Training Camp Player
Redd will likely find himself on the practice squad unless he has an extremely impressive pre-season. Redd is a developmental prospect that likely won’t make an impact for the Redskins until at least 2015. Redd has the talent to eventually make the roster, but he has to first show the ability to stay healthy, and then prove that he has the talent to beat out the competition. Redd and Seastrunk both have the potential to be great value pickups for the Redskins, but the first step is making the 53-man roster, something I don’t expect Redd to do in 2014.