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Speedy RB Dwayne Washington is Lions’ final pick

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — With their final pick of the draft, 236th overall in the seventh round, the Lions added running back Dwayne Washington from Washington.

The 6-foot-2, 226-pound Washington might look like someone who can contribute in short-yardage situations, but with a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, the back is capable of breaking big runs.

Washington was far from the most productive back in college. He peaked at 697 rushing yards in 2014, and despite having just 282 rushing yards in 2015, he chose to forgo his senior season with the Huskies.

Even though Washington lacks eye-popping numbers, he was efficient in college, averaging 5.8 yards per carry in his career. He also displayed receiving skills last season with 25 catches for 315 yards.

One issue Washington will have to correct is his fumbling. Despite having just 269 touches in college, including two kickoff returns, he had 10 fumbles. He fumbled on 3.7 percent of his touches, a higher rate than Ameer Abdullah’s 2.4 percent at Nebraska.

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