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Conversation Starter: Comparing Alfred Morris to Redskins RBs of Past

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Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida Atlantic running back Alfred Morris does running drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida Atlantic running back Alfred Morris does running drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

In these slow news times leading up to camp, we're going to do a bunch of series of posts to keep the flow going. An idea we had was to look at our recent draft class and compare that player to a Redskin from the past. We're all going to pick a player and do a quick write-up, which Ken will recap at the end.

I chose Alfred Morris, the RB from Florida Atlantic. The 5'10, 205 lb running back saw some reps at fullback during minicamp, but Mike Shanahan said he'll be a tailback.

"I just liked his running style," Shanahan said. "He's got the ability to make people miss, he's got great lateral quickness, he can cut on a dime. Now we'll get a chance to see how he'll come in and compete with the other backs."

His teammates at Florida Atlantic raved of his subtle elusiveness and in interviews, Morris said how much he likes contact. So, who does he remind me of?

Ryan Torain (without the injuries). Torain was a fearless RB who had the ability to run over defenders and also take it outside for a gain. Both are prototypical Shanahan RBs who never did one thing amazingly well, yet still did big things to help his team win. Ladell Betts also came to mind....although Morris has special teams experience.

Who you got?