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Redskins draft RB Roy Helu Jr., continue to deal

The Redskins began Round 4 this afternoon by resuming their wheeling and dealing. This time, however, they traded up.

Washington traded a fourth-rounder (No. 127 overall) and two fifth-rounders (Nos. 144, 152) to Houston for a fourth-rounder (105) and a sixth-rounder (178).

They used pick No. 105 to select Nebraska running back Roy Helu Jr.

Helu rushed for 1,245 yards and 11 touchdowns last season on 188 carries (a 6.6-yard average). He ran in Nebraska’s stretch, one-cut scheme for the last two seasons, he said.

Asked what makes him a good running back, he offered a tidbit that leads one to believe he’s a good fit in Washington.

“In particular, probably just the one cut-and-go decisions on the football field,” he said.

Helu seemed like a sharp guy when we spoke to him in a teleconference minutes ago. He’s aware of Mike Shanahan’s successful track record with mid-round running backs.

“From what I’ve heard it’s legendary, them picking up a running back in the middle of the draft,” he said. “Terrell Davis and so on. The history is proof for itself.”

Helu then dropped Ryan Torain’s and Keiland Williams’ names immediately after being asked what he knows about the Redskins’ running back situation. He’s done his homework.

“I respect them as players,” he said, “and I’m really looking forward to earning their respect on the field.”