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Jawan Jamison Chosen With Redskins’ Final Pick

The Redskins spent their final pick of the draft on a running back from Rutgers who excelled in pass protection, can catch passes and has experience in a zone-blocking scheme.

BY ZAC BOYER

ASHBURN – The Redskins added another running back with their final pick in the NFL draft when they selected Jawan Jamison in the seventh round.

Jamison, from Rutgers, was an early-entry sophomore who ran for 1,075 yards last season while splitting time at the position. An adept pass protector and receiver out of the backfield who worked in a zone blocking scheme this past season, Jamison doesn’t want to be labeled as a third-down back.

“I feel like I can be an every-down back and I can come in and do everything that the Redskins need me to do,” Jamison said.

The decision to leave Rutgers after his sophomore season was strictly for financial reasons. His mother, Shanda Davis, was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer, and, though now cancer-free, he felt the burden of providing for her, his two sisters and his brother by turning pro.

He also battled a bone bruise in his right ankle through much of the season, though it often only flared up when he changed direction.

Jamison is the second 5-foot-7 running back the Redskins took in the draft after they added Florida State’s Chris Thompson in the fifth round. Jamison, though, is bulkier at 203 pounds and is not as speedy as Thompson.

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