Redskins draft running back, guard in 4th Round

Ben Krimmel
April 27, 2019 - 2:11 pm
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With their two picks in Round 4, the Redskins focused on offense. 

The Washington Redskins used the 112th overall pick to select running back Bryce Love before using the 131st pick on offensive guard Wes Martin. 

To announce their first pick of the round, the Redskins had their first-round draft picks Dwayne Haskins and Montez Sweat make the pick from the Jefferson Memorial after their introductory press conference.

"He's not just a speedy outside-the-box guy, but he's a running back," Stanford head coach David Shaw said. "He averaged 8.1 yards per carry and had 13 50-yard runs in 2017, things that just don't make any sense. Bryce is fast and explosive, but he also breaks tackles. He led the nation in yards after contact a year ago."

"He's a game changer, a field position changer. He scores touchdowns and he's also a phenomenal human being. He's going to be a strong asset for the Washington Redskins," Shaw said.

However, the 5'9, 200-pound running back is coming off an ACL tear he suffered during his last regular season game with Stanford on Dec. 1, 2018.

There is some concern Love will not be ready for training camp and possibly miss the 2019 NFL season. 

Redskins running back Derrius Guice tweeted a face with no mouth emoji shortly after the Redskins drafted Love, but said the tweet was not connected to the pick. Guice later said it was about LSU running back X still waiting to be selected. This did not stop NFL Network for spending several moments speculating Guice was displeased with the Redskins drafting another running back. 

Washington then used their second fourth round pick on Martin, an offensive guard out of Indiana. He started the final 37 games with the Hoosiers, playing 50 games there. According to Mitch Tischler, Martin had 1469 snaps at guard and allowed just two sacks in his last two seasons, which ranked him best among all college gurads.

Martin, 6'3, 311-pounds, did not receive an invite to the NFL Combine, but put up 38 reps on the bench press at his pro day and says his strength is his biggest asset. 

"I’m known for my brute strength," Martin told reporters. "I grew up on a dairy farm. That's my background."

"I got like a 31 on the Wonderlic, so I'm pretty sharp," Martin added. "I think my explosion along with my strength is another big thing. And getting up on the second level, getting on (linebackers) is something I've been doing a long time here back at Indiana."

A Redskins source told 106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman, Martin is a top character guy, who is smart, tough, and obviously strong. "He's really good at staying square and has shown that throughout his immense amount of experience," Hoffman reported.

But the Redskins social media team took no time to declare D.C. has found it's newest Bryce. 

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