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Redskins Focus On Depth In Late Rounds

Posted Apr 28, 2012

The Redskins put an emphasis on drafting prospects who could add depth at several positions, including running back. Florida Atlantic's Alfred Morris was a sixth-round selection.


The Redskins put an emphasis on drafting prospects who could add depth on day three of the NFL Draft.

Here are each of the Redskins' draft picks from Rounds 5-7:

-- ADAM GETTIS, G, IOWA
Fifth Round, No. 141 overall

The Redskins selected Iowa guard Adam Gettis in the fifth round (141st overall) of the NFL Draft.

Gettis, a quick-footed lineman listed at 6-2 and 293 pounds, started 13 games at right guard for the Hawkeyes last season and earned second team All-Big 10 honors by league coaches.

He entered the 2010 season as a starter at right guard but struggled with injuries. He ended up starting just two games.

NFL.com's draft prospect analysis says Gettis is "quick off the ball and uses his initial explosion as a tactic to overcome size deficiencies. He consistently gets into his man first when pass blocking and is a good overall blocker because of it.

"Gettis is very polished in his hand and footwork, and understands pad and helmet placement's importance in gaining a blocking advantage. His quick feet allow him to be a very mobile and versatile blocker."

-- ALFRED MORRIS, RB, FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Sixth Round, No. 173 overall

The Redskins selected Florida Atlantic running back Alfred Morris in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the NFL Draft.

Morris, 5-9 and 219 pounds, saw action at both tailback and fullback in college. Most draft guides had him listed as a fullback.

In four seasons at Florida Atlantic, Morris compiled 3,529 yards, a 4.8 yards per carry average and 27 touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns.

As a senior last season, Morris rushed for 1,186 yards on 236 carries and scored nine touchdowns. He caught 15 passes for 139 yards and one touchdown.

According to NFL.com's draft prospect analysis, Morris "is a bit underdeveloped in his legs despite his frame, but he runs low and can get to the hole with a decent burst. He is a natural runner between the tackles who can feel and avoid pressure or wait for his seam to develop.

"He has a sense of urgency in the backfield with all that he does. He is capable of blocking in pass protection at the next level if his willingness matches his ability."

-- TOM COMPTON, OT, SOUTH DAKOTA
Sixth Round, No. 193 overall

The Redskins selected South Dakota offensive tackle Tom Compton in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the NFL Draft.

Compton, 6-5 and 314 pounds, started all four years at South Dakota, and some draft experts projected him in the fourth round.

He is a bit of an unknown coming from South Dakota. He helped block for an offense that managed 150.9 rushing yards, 207.1 passing yards, and 23.4 points per game.

According to NFL.com's draft prospect analysis, Compton "has a technically sound pass set, which shows his perfect footwork."

His biggest concerns moving forward are how he will adjust to the increased competition of the NFL: "Compton has limited experience against top-level competition, and could face an early curve."

-- RICHARD CRAWFORD, CB, SOUTHERN METHODIST
Seventh Round, No. 213 overall

The Redskins selected Southern Methodist cornerback Richard Crawford in the seventh round (213th overall) of the NFL Draft.

Crawford, 5-11, 191 pounds, played his last two seasons at SMU after starting his collegiate career at Saddleback Community College in Orange County, Calif.

Not much is known or has been reported about Crawford. He was not present at the 2012 NFL Combine. He was taken with the same pick (213) that the Redskins used to select cornerback Brandyn Thompson in 2011.

Crawford is the third SMU Mustang drafted by the Redskins in the last two seasons, joining former teammates Aldrick Robinson (2011, seventh round) and Josh LeRibeus (2012, third round).

-- JORDAN BERNSTINE, CB, IOWA
Seventh Round, No. 217 overall

The Redskins selected Iowa cornerback Jordan Bernstine in the seventh round (217th overall) of the NFL Draft.

Bernstine, 5-11, 205 pounds, brings the ability to contribute both on defense and special teams, as he finished 2011 with ranked seventh in the Big 10 in kickoff returns (23.8 yards) and 10th in tackles per game (7.4).

Bernstine started 11 games for the Hawkeyes in 2011, missing only one start due to illness. Last season was his first as a full-time starter, and he responded with 90 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery.

He was taken with the same pick (217) that the Redskins used to select offensive guard Maurice Hurt in 2011.