UPDATED: Raiders grab running back DeAndre Washington in fifth round

The Raiders hope to have found their backup running back in Texas Tech's DeAndre Washington. (Texas Tech athletics photo)

The Raiders hope to have found their backup running back in Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington. (Texas Tech athletics photo)

The Raiders addressed their need for a reserve running back by taking Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington in the fifth round Saturday.

The 5-foot-8, 204-pound Washington rushed for 1,492 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Red Raiders, plus caught 41 passes for 385 yards in Tech’s pass happy offense.

“We actually ran the ball quite a bunch,” Washington said on a media conference call. “Playmakers make plays at the end of the day. I’m excited to be a part of this Oakland offense and look forward to doing big things.”

Washington ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at the NFL scouting combine and is viewed as a quick, tough runner not afraid to run the ball inside. He compared himself to Maurice Jones-Drew, the former De La Salle High standout who closed out his career with the Raiders in 2014.

“Small, compact, but you know very physical at the point of attack,” Washington said in describing himself.

Oakland needs help in its ground game to compliment Pro Bowler Latavius Murray. He ran for 1,066 yards last season, but quarterback Derek Carr was the Raiders’ second-leading rusher at 138 yards.

Washington appears to be a good fit as the third-down back the team needs. He’ll give defenses a different look from the 6-3, 220-pound Murray and is comfortable catching the ball and protecting the passer.

“I take that personally,” Washington said. “Anytime I can get a chance to take on a defender, especially in pass blocking, I play with a chip on my shoulder. I definitely take that very personally and I look forward to protecting Derek Carr.”

He had a torn ACL toward the end of his true freshman season of college in 2011 and missed the next year as a redshirt. Over his final two seasons, Washington gained 2,595 yards on the ground and averaged 6.3 yards per carry and said he hasn’t had any issues with the knee since.

Washington’s stats show a player who keeps up his production throughout a game. He averaged 6.45 yards per carry during the first half of games last season and 6.36 during the second half with the workload being almost identical.


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • xraided

    it was a swap of 4ths

    it was about giving back Jerry Jones pick from Butler, to jump in front of them and steal the QB that everyone knew Jerry wanted… big time _|_

    it’s pretty obvious to me

  • Someone posted earlier that JDR’s son was a scout who worked with Cook

  • DJ Johnny

    CBS Sports loved a few of our picks. Calhoun for sure.

  • RaidO

    The Raiders Daily ™ ‏@TheRaidersDaily 24m24 minutes ago
    Stop it with this Ron Wolf nonsense. People who are saying that don’t understand that JDR has WAY more control than they think

  • RaidO

    The Raiders Daily ™ ‏@TheRaidersDaily 27m27 minutes ago
    Think about it. #Raiders gave up a chance to get a solid WR, LB or RB for a backup QB. Raiders could of grabbed a QB in round 6

    uh oh

  • Teabag McKenz

    But JDR is Marks guy and Mark MADE Reggie take Carr.

    So, fan conspiracy theories are just that, conspiracy theories.


    Frankly, I hope so.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Well, our 7th rounder won’t excite anyone so no need to stick around if you got some pu**y waiting on you.

  • xraided

    *giving the pick Jerry Jones gave to us from Butler

    obviously Huebert got the pick

  • Gdog

    That to me sez he isn’t sold on Carr.

  • Back-N-Black

    Raiders finally find their bruising ball carrier by drafting 6’0 229lb LB Cory James.

  • Teabag McKenz

    So many contradictions in that thinking it’s hilarious.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Probably both of them

  • SnBG

    There are two things about this draft I like a lot.
    First, our new S’s name is Karl. Love that name for a S.
    Second, Reg or depending on who you are, Jack pulled one over on Jerruh. How bout them Cowboys!

  • R8erEduc8er

    Jackpot got you loving everyone lol

  • marks hair

    Cory James had a 29.0 tackling efficiency, the 6th-best rate in this LB class

  • SnBG

    Or maybe it was Mark that pulled one over on Jerruh.

  • Lol yeah, a QB in the 4th really says we’re worried about the starting QB.

  • R8erEduc8er

    That’s a 9 decent hookers.

  • SnBG

    Or maybe it was the head Cheerleader.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Again, new post dweebs

  • head? cheerleader?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Because Jack’s son is now a RAider scout and he loves Cook, has worked with him from somewhere back.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    ESPN said it

  • PatrickBateman

    Atta boy

  • xraided

    he can add bulk to that frame also… at least 10 lbs… he can play ILB…has a nose for the ball and can also speed rush outside(might do that on 3rd and longs at this level) …could be a diamond in the rough.

    everyone around the web like the pick

    like Stapler said earlier, we seem to be getting a lot of value in most of our picks in this draft outside of Ward

  • txraider

    Wasn’t expecting it, but Ok.

    Think about it this way – McGloin is a good backup. But if Carr gets hurt, he is currently all we have.

    Speaks to depth (finally) that we can pick a 3rd string QB to battle the 2nd in the fourth round of the draft.