The Washington Redskins continued to add depth to their offense Saturday, selecting Florida Atlantic running back Alfred Morris and South Dakota tackle Thomas Compton with their two sixth-round picks.
Morris -- taken 173rd overall -- and Compton -- the 193rd overall pick -- became the sixth and seventh offensive players taken by the Redskins so far in the draft.
In Morris, the Redskins add a physical runner, who rushed for 3,529 yards and 27 TDs – both records at Florida Atlantic. The 5-foot-10, 219-pound Morris said the Redskins hadn’t yet told them what plans they have for him, but he expects to get work at both fullback and running back.
“I’m pretty sure they’ll use me at both. I’m a running back, but I’m not too proud to put my hand in the dirt, which is what I told everybody, which is the truth,” the Pensacola native said. “I take pride in [pass protection]. I always said to myself that anybody can run the ball and catch the ball, but [blocking] will set you apart from everyone else. .... I’ve blocked a lot of defensive ends, and I don’t let anybody touch my quarterback.”
Meanwhile, in the 6-foot-5, 314-pound Compton, the Redskins add a player who started all 42 games of his career at South Dakota. Twenty-one of those games came at left tackle, and 21 were at right tackle.
Compton said he has been working on learning the guard position leading up to the draft in case a team asked him to move inside to that position.
“It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m just hoping it adds some value to me because I’m pretty versatile on both sides of the line,” Compton said. “Coach Shanahan just called me and said, ‘We like the way you play, we think you’ll be a great fit for our system, and we look forward to having you on our team.’”