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Campfire Chat: Favorite Rookie RB for 2017

Footballugys staff members discuss the top rookie running backs

In a redraft league, which rookie running back would you most want to have on your roster? And "none" can be an answer.

Dave Larkin: Christian McCaffrey would be my first choice, but with his ADP likely to skyrocket when the public starts to catch on in the preseason, I think the more realistic option might be Samaje Perine.

We have seen this script unfold so many times before. Incumbent but middle-of-the-road talent ousted by promising rookie who seizes the backfield for his own - and never looks back. Perine has the talent to make Robert Kelley's time as Washington's starter an afterthought, like something we all could swear we once witnessed but can't imagine where or how.

It may take some time for Perine to polish his game up as a pass protector to earn the trust of coaches, but cementing the role as the between-the-tackles banger shouldn't be too big a leap. The Redskins ranked 27th in the league in rushing attempts last season; I predict an uptick in that number. Drafting Perine probably had a lot to do with that as the offense tries to address the offensive imbalance that plagued them at times.


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