Redskins add to backfield with Antonio Gibson in 3rd round

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The Washington Redskins selected running back Antonio Gibson out of Memphis in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 66th overall.

Gibson played both running back and wide receiver in 2019, racking up 735 yards and eight touchdowns through the air and 369 yards and four scores on the ground.

The Redskins need help at both positions, and Gibson's versatility will likely be utilized in his new home.

Prospect Profile

School: Memphis
Height: 6-0
Weight: 228 lbs

Positives

  • Versatile prospect with snaps at running back and receiver
  • Possesses ideal speed and athleticism
  • Excellent change-of-direction ability as a rusher and route-runner
  • Able to separate with explosion in and out of breaks
  • Strong lower body leads to short-area quickness
  • Dangerous with the ball in his hands
  • Good vision and understanding of angles
  • Successful kick returner

Negatives

  • Primarily played receiver in college - lacks true experience at running back
  • Not polished in route-running technique out of the backfield
  • Runs with high pad level

Bottom line

One of the most intriguing offensive weapons in his class, Gibson is also among the most unique. He was primarily used as a receiver and gadget runner at Memphis, but his skill set and elusiveness with the ball in his hands translates more to the running back position. However, with his track speed, vision, and burst, Gibson has potential as a versatile player that doesn't necessarily require a primary designation. Add him as an offensive chess piece and mismatch - you won't be sorry.

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