Re-Grading Redskins' 2013 Rookies at the End of the Regular Season

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Re-Grading Redskins' 2013 Rookies at the End of the Regular Season
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During the preseason, the Washington Redskins received very little respect despite Mike Shanahan entering his third year as head coach, a plentiful offseason and the blockbuster trade executed to select arguably the most electrifying player in the 2012 NFL draft.

And when the Redskins dropped a Week 9 game against the Panthers in their worst outing of the season, those same critics from the preseason appeared correct. Washington was 3-6 and looking forward to five division games to close out the season. Another year of no playoffs, questionable confidence and a losing record.

Following that bye week, the Redskins would go on to win seven straight games en route to an NFC East division title and their first home playoff game of the modern century. It was a magical season that took everyone by surprise. Those preseason critics were left speechless.

How'd they do it?

A combination of things, really. Momentum, desire, passion, ball security. But let's not forget about the rookies. Boy, what an impact.

Here's a look at how the Redskins' 2012 draft class fared during their rookie seasons.

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