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  • Redskins 2013 Draft Day 3


    On Friday night, the Redskins chose to address two needs with their top picks. One was a pressing need. The other, not so much.

    Washington needs bodies in the secondary and they addressed that spot with the selection of North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson. For the second time on the night, the Redskins decided to pass on the most pressing need, safety. Instead, Washington’s brass went by who they felt was the best player available in Florida tight end Jordan Reed, an athletic and elusive receiver who was a highly touted quarterback coming out of high school.

    The Redskins hold five picks on Saturday and have a chance to build on their depth throughout their roster.

    Round 4, Pick 22 (119)
    Round 5, Pick 21 (154)
    Round 5, Pick 29 (162) (From Patriots)
    Round 6, Pick 23 (191)
    Round 7, Pick 22 (228)

    4th Round – No. 119 Overall – Phillip Thomas – S – Fresno State

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    The Redskins were able to get some value with their 4th round pick with Phillip Thomas falling in their lap at 119 overall. Safety was the biggest need coming into the draft and they were able to address it.

    Thomas, an admitted lifelong Redskins fan, led the nation with eight interceptions in 2012 after missing the 2011 season with a broken left leg and dislocated left ankle.

    Thomas is a playmaking safety with good anticipation skills but could work on developing more of a killer instinct.

    5th Round – No. 154 Overall – Chris Thompson – RB – Florida State

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    The Redskins decided to take a change-of-pace running back with this selection. In what is a rite of passage for Mike Shanahan’s drafts, a runner was taken in the mid rounds by Washington.

    Thompson is 5’7, 192 pounds and ran for 687 yards and six touchdowns in eight games in 2012 before tearing his ACL and missing the final six games of the season.

    In 2011, Thompson appeared in only five games before breaking his back against Wake Forest. He appeared in 38 games as a Seminole and ran for 1,735 yards, 14 touchdowns and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

    5th Round – No. 162 Overall – Brandon Jenkins – LB – Florida State

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    A defensive end in college, Jenkins missed 13 games with a lisfranc injury in 2012. Has 22.5 sacks in his Florida State career. He had 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles and two passes defended in 2010. He had 8 sacks in 2011.

    6th Round – No. 191 Overall – Bacarri Rambo – S – Georgia

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    Yet again, Washington found value at the safety position when Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo fell to them in the sixth round after being projected as a third-to-fourth round pick.

    Rambo failed his second drug test after eating pot brownies and was suspended the first four games of the 2012 season for it. Like Thomas, Rambo is a ballhawk, logging 16 career interceptions as a Bulldog. He finished his senior season with 67 tackles and three interceptions.

    In his college career, Rambo started 36 games and played in 47. He logged 235 tackles, 16 interceptions and six forced fumbles.

    7th Round – No. 228 Overall – Jawan Jamison – RB – Rutgers

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    Jamison ran in the zone-blocking scheme at Rutgers. He ran for 1,075 yards and four touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns in last season. In 2011, he ran for 897 yards and nine touchdowns. An ankle injury played a factor in production in 2012.

    He told local reporters on a conference call that he entered the draft with two years of eligibility remaining because his mother is battling breast cancer and wanted to help her out the best he can.

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    Redskins Find Value in 2013 Draft


    With the 2013 draft now in the books, the Redskins were able to address a variety of needs.

    The team first selected cornerback David Amerson from North Carolina State, who led the NCAA with 13 interceptions as a sophomore in 2011. Struggling in coverage last season, Amerson’s draft stock dropped but he still managed five interceptions and 61 tackles.

    Patience paid off for Washington as two ball-hawking safeties fell to them in the fourth and sixth rounds. Fresno State free safety Phillip Thomas was chosen at 119th overall after leading the NCAA with eight interceptions last season. Thomas missed the 2011 season with a broken left leg and dislocated left ankle

    For Thomas, his selection is a dream come true considering he is a lifelong Redskins fan.

    Washington was able to address safety in the sixth round when Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo was still available. Projected to be a third-to-fourth round selection, Rambo was suspended the first four games of the 2012 season after failing a second drug test. He finished second behind Amerson for the 2011 NCAA interception lead with eight picks.

    Rambo started 36 of 47 games played. He logged 235 tackles, 16 interceptions and six forced fumbles during his time as a Bulldog.

    In what has become a staple of head coach Mike Shanahan-led drafts, two running backs were chosen in the mid-to-late rounds.

    Chris Thompson was chosen in the fifth round out of Florida State and Jawan Jamison was taken in the seventh out of Rutgers. Both running backs are 5’7″ and possess skill but were hampered by injuries in college.

    Thompson suffered a broken back against Wake Forest after only appearing in five games in 2011. Last year he suffered a torn ACL with six games remaining. He managed to gain 687 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. For his collegiate career, he played 38 games, ran for 1,735 yards, 14 touchdowns and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

    Jamison ran for 1,972 yards and 13 touchdowns during his two-year career at Rutgers. He has also caught two touchdowns and passed for one. An ankle injury hampered his production in his final season but still eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark. Jamison only fumbled twice in 523 touches, a stat coaches must love.

    He told reporters in a conference call that he opted for the NFL Draft with two years of college eligibility remaining because his mother is battling breast cancer and he wanted to help her out as best he can.

    The Redskins also selected a linebacker and tight end.

    Brandon Jenkins, who played defensive end at Florida State, will make the transition to linebacker in the pros after being selected in the fifth round.

    Jenkins missed 13 games last season with a lisfranc injury. He accumulated 22.5 sacks in his career. His top season came in 2010 when he had 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles and two passes. In 2011, Jenkins had eight sacks.

    In the third round, the team drafted Jordan Reed out of Florida. He is an elusive receiver who starred as a high school quarterback in Connecticut. Reed started 12 of 13 games in 2012, leading the Gators with 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns. His versatility should help his adjustment to the dynamic Redskins offense.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Jake Russell

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    Redskins 2013 Draft Day 2


    The only thing predictable about this draft so far has been its unpredictability. After one round, we’ve seen Shariff Floyd fall from a projected third overall choice down to No. 23 with the Vikings, who ended up drafting three players in the first round. We’ve seen the Bills take E.J. Manuel as the first quarterback off the board. The Cowboys traded back and drafted a projected second rounder with the 31st selection.

    Heading into Day 2, names like Manti Te’o, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Eddie Lacy, and Jonathan Cyprien remain available.

    With their first pick not until No. 51 in the second round, it’s clear the biggest needs for the Redskins are safety and cornerback but with talents like Robert Woods from USC and Keenan Allen from Cal still on the board, wide receiver could still be a possibility. However, the second round could be where the cornerback dominoes start to fall and force the Washington to select one before the top of the group is selected.

    The Redskins own the 51st (2nd round) and the 85th overall selection (3rd round).

    2nd Round – No. 51 Overall – David Amerson – CB – N.C. State

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    With their second round selection, the Redskins decided to take cornerback David Amerson out of North Carolina State.

    Ranked as the 19th best safety in the country coming out of high school, Amerson transitioned to become a skilled cornerback, picking off 13 passes as a sophomore in 2011 and earning him the Jack Tatum Award. Amerson also possesses size with his repertoire at 6’1″. However, he had a down year in 2012, getting burned deep regularly. He finished last season with 61 tackles and five interceptions.

    He told local reporters in a conference call that the coaches will keep him at cornerback and playing safety was not mentioned.

    However, he is still regarded as a bit raw and was burned deep a bit in 2012. The Redskins coaches hope working with DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers, all of whom have expiring contracts after 2013, will help give him time to develop into a pro.

    Here’s a summary of Amerson provided by Pro Football Weekly: “Overhyped, enigmatic, Jekyll-and-Hyde interceptor who looked like a slam dunk first round pick during his 13-interception sophomore season but was repeatedly burned as a junior. Zone, off-man corner who will never be a shutdown cover man, and the team that drafts him must be willing to sacrifice consistency for turnovers.”

    3rd Round – No. 85 Overall – Jordan Reed – TE – Florida

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    The Redskins opted to select a young security blanket with their third round pick. Reed adds depth to a tight end spot that may be without starter Fred Davis after he becomes a free agent in 2014.

    Reed, 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds, was a quarterback coming out of high school but made the move to tight end with the Gators. His versatility should help his adjustment to the dynamic Redskins offense.

    During a conference call with local reporters, Reed shed light on head coach Mike Shanahan’s approach to the draft, admitting he had no idea the team was interested in him and that the team had not contacted him at any point before tonight.

    In his 2012 senior season, Reed started 12 of 13 games and caught 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns.

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    Redskins Address Cornerback, Tight End In Draft


    In rounds two and three, the Washington Redskins selected North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson (51st overall) and Florida tight end Jordan Reed (85th overall).

    With D.J. Swearinger and Phillip Thomas still available in the second and third rounds, respectively, the Redskins opted not to select a safety with either of their first two picks. Instead, the team picked up two players who could play bigger roles when 2014 rolls around. The team’s top three cornerbacks (DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers) and starting tight end Fred Davis all have contracts that are set to expire after the 2013 season.

    During an eye-opening sophomore season in 2011, Amerson intercepted an ACC record 13 passes for North Carolina State. However, this past season marked a regression for the 6-foot-1 cornerback. He was burned by receivers throughout the season but still managed five interceptions.

    The nation’s 19th best safety prospect coming out of Dudley High School, Amerson told local reporters in a conference call that he will strictly play cornerback.

    Reed, 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds, was a highly-touted dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school in Connecticut but made the move to tight end with the Gators. His versatility should help his adjustment to the dynamic Redskins offense.

    During a conference call with local reporters, Reed shed light on head coach Mike Shanahan’s approach to the draft, admitting he had no idea the team was interested in him and that the team had not contacted him at any point before tonight.

    In his 2012 senior season, Reed started 12 of 13 games and caught a team-leading 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Jake Russell

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    Redskins Draft Options: Safety


    At the start of free agency, the Redskins had several defined needs: cornerback, right tackle, tight end, safety, inside linebacker and maybe a complimentary running back and wide receiver.

    The team miraculously solved most of the crucial needs despite a strict cap penalty, including cornerback, tight end, and went to a four-way battle for right tackle since they couldn’t find a long-term solution.

    Washington was able to retain 12 of their own free agents and brought back players like Fred Davis and DeAngelo Hall, who was cut in the beginning of free agency to save $8 million in cap space, at bargain prices. Winning a division sure changes things around Redskins Park, doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Redskins 2013 New Era Draft Hats


    Back in January, the NFL gave us a sneak peek at the new NFL Draft caps on their Instagram page. In the background, you can see the Redskins new hat at the top .

    Having searched frivolously for more pictures of the Redskins new set of Draft Hats for the past few weeks, my efforts came up empty until today.

    “The 59FIFTY fitted cap will be worn by players on draft day while friends and family will receive the 9FIFTY snapback and 39THIRTY stretch fit to wear,” said Katie Kulczyk, Corporate Communications Manager at New Era. “All will be available for purchase in April.”

    No, the Redskins don’t have a first round pick and aren’t slated to make a pick until 51st overall, which means that more likely than not, whoever they select will not be in New York to wear his hat. However, fans of every team eat up this kind of stuff.

    Without further ado, here is the new set of Redskins Draft Hats, courtesy of New Era. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Redskins Free Agency Tracker – March 14th


    The Redskins have taken their time allowing the market to develop during the first two days of free agency. Last night they lost out on special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander to the Arizona Cardinals. Cornerback Derek Cox, reported to be a Redskins target, chose to sign with the San Diego Chargers late yesterday as well.

    Action should pick up over the coming weeks but presumably at a snails pace. The Redskins reportedly did make a signing. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Fred Davis Running… Fast


    Free agent tight end Fred Davis is keeping an open mind when it comes to choosing a team to play for in 2013. It has been reported that the Cleveland Browns are interested in his services and he has also gone on record saying he liked playing for the Redskins and enjoys being in D.C.

    Davis has been hard at work trying to regain his form while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered against the New York Giants in late October. While the tight end market continues to develop in free agency, Davis is still focusing on his recovery.

    What separates athletes from average Joes, especially when recovering from an injury? If anyone is wondering how he looks running almost five months after suffering the injury, we have some proof. Here is video of Davis going for a run on a treadmill at an Ashburn gym this afternoon. The video was shot by his brother.

    He seems to be running pretty well if you ask me.

    Fred Davis Running on a Treadmill

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    Redskins Free Agency Tracker – March 13th


    The Redskins opened up the first day with barely a peep. The team retained punter Sav Rocca and defensive lineman Kedric Golston. It was also revealed through Twitter that the One Man Gang, Lorenzo Alexander, would be signing with a new team to be determined.

    As the more expensive free agents are taken off the market, the Redskins should get more active with scouting affordable B and C level talent.

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    Redskins Free Agency Tracker – March 12th


    Whether the Redskins have mountains of money to spend or are counting their pennies like this year, this time of year is like Christmas for fans.

    THN will keep you up-to-date with news throughout the day that affects the burgundy and gold. Keep it locked here all day. Read the rest of this entry »

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