When I was asked about which Washington Redskins rookie has been the least impressive, I was tempted to scroll down the roster and find someone that is a roster filler. That wouldn't have been a very long piece, though.
Instead, I'm looking for the least impressive rookie that was actually drafted. Unfortunately, it happens to be the player that the Redskins took with their second selection in the 2012 draft: Left Guard, Josh LeRibeus.
I base that on the simple process of elimination. Robert Griffin III has looked pretty good and seems like he will be dominant when he gets the timing on the deep passes down, and the rest of the rookies were drafted to be depth players this year and become possible starters down the road. Perhaps LeRibeus wasn't meant to start right away, but if you select a guy that makes even the most rabid of Redskins fans browse the Internet trying to find out who he is, he better come through.
So far, his body of work has been spotty at best. Reports out of camp have said that he looks uncoordinated and overmatched. He's missed some blocks pretty badly, and every time you see someone in the Redskins' backfield not wearing a white jersey, you tend to cringe pretty badly.
By no means am I saying that LeRibeus should be run out of town (until he allows a linebacker to injure RGIII), but he has a lot of work to do. It's too bad this type of pressure has been put on him since he wasn't on the draft board for a lot of teams, but you have to live up to some promise when drafted in the third round.
Will Josh LeRibeus Start For The Redskins This Season?
It doesn't make a lot of sense right now to have drafted someone so high that may not even beat out the legendary Maurice Hurt or Kory Lichtensteiger for a starting spot, but the season is in its infancy so there is a lot of time to see what happens.
The inconsistencies tend to pile up pretty fast in this league, and when they do, there's always a door that is waiting to be shown to you. Mike Shanahan is still the coach for the foreseeable future in Washington, so there is some potential for him to become a very good run blocker. When it comes to linemen and running backs, Shanahan isn't afraid to find a new guy who works for cheap to replace you.
This is a passing league, though, and Dan Snyder would like to see his new toy at quarterback get set loose, and he will need protection. It's going to be very important for LeRibeus to impress right away. Something that he, unfortunately, has yet to do.