Washington Redskins 2013 Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2013

Washington Redskins 2013 Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades

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    The Washington Redskins enter the 2013 NFL draft minus a first-round pick due to last year's trade for Robert Griffin III. However, even without a prime selection the Redskins must draft wisely to fill major needs in the secondary.

    They are short of at least one quality safety and should also be keen to improve their depth at cornerback. Other areas the Redskins may target are offensive line depth and tight end.

    From the moment the Redskins make the first pick at 51 overall, this slideshow will be updated. It will include the new members of the Redskins, as well as analysis and a grade for each selection.

    Until then, here are some of the players head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen could target on the draft's second day.

Round 2, Pick 51: David Amerson, CB/S, North Carolina State

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    The Redskins missed out on Johnthan Banks, but still got a versatile corner with the size and press skills they need. David Amerson becomes the team's first pick and will be a useful asset in the coverage schemes.

    The ex-North Carolina State star will allow coordinator Jim Haslett to get more aggressive with his choice of coverage. Amerson is a natural man-coverage proponent with true bump and run capability.

    At 6'1" and 205 pounds, he is ideally built for press coverage. The Redskins saw the value of big, physical cornerbacks against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wildcard Round.

    If Amerson has one obvious weakness it's suspect movement skills. He's not the most agile on the turn and must keep receivers in front of him.

    Thankfully he's big enough to do that. Amerson fits Haslett's 2-man coverage system perfectly.

    He is also tailor-made for the slot, and could fit as a roving free safety in some nickel schemes. The Redskins have a definite need at both positions. Amerson answers those needs.


    Grade: B

Round 3, Pick 85: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida

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    The Washington Redskins sprung a surprise in the third round, but still made an exciting pick. Jordan Reed gives the Redskins a tight end in the Shanahan mold.

    The former Florida star is an excellent receiver. He's got good hands and is nimble and elusive enough to avoid tacklers and make yards after the catch.

    Reed like Amerson, offers tremendous versatility at his position. He can align on the line and work the seams, or he can split out in the slot.

    Reed also has the skills to line up out wide, or in the backfield as a H-back. That kind of dynamism will be very effective in the read-option offense.

    He's not a brutal blocker, but that's not essential in the Shanahan offense. Reed is more akin to the likes of Owen Daniels.

    The Redskins have found good cover for Fred Davis and an extra weapon for Robert Griffin III.


    Grade: B

Round 4, Pick 119: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

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    The Redskins made a superb selection in the fourth-round, by taking a personal favorite of this author, Phillip Thomas. The Redskins may have landed their starting free safety.

    Thomas is prolific playmaker at the position. Every safety needs to be dynamic at both ends of a defense and Thomas is exactly that.

    He's as comfortable snatching passes in deep zones, as he is thumping runners at the line of scrimmage. The Redskins had a major need at the position. There are injury concerns surrounding Brandon Meriweather and 2012 starter Madieu Williams lacks athleticism.

    Thomas will fix a key area of the defense and represents excellent value at pick 119.


    Grade: A

Round 5, Pick 154: Chris Thompson, RB. FSU

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    The Redskins added a running back in the draft's late rounds for the third year in a row. Chris Thompson will be given every chance to compete in a crowded backfield rotation.

    He has a good shot to make the team, because of the versatile skills he offers. Thompson is a productive receiver and small and shifty enough to break runs to the outside.

    This diminutive scat back could be be a useful outlet in the read-option offense. Perhaps Kerwynn Williams, Kenjon Barner or Andre Ellington may have been more option-ready choices.

    Running back wasn't a pressing need, but Shanahan's history with late-round runners makes this an exciting pick.


    Grade: C

Round 5, Pick 162: Brandon Jenkins, DE/LB, FSU

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    The Redskins used their second fifth-round choice on a second FSU player. Brandon Jenkins was a smart pick.

    He represents value as a 'tweener pass-rusher ideally suited for Washington's 3-4 front. Ostensibly a defensive end at the collegiate level, Jenkins has the frame and agility to be a standup rusher.

    However, he did miss time in his final season with a Lisfranc injury. The Redskins also left more natural 3-4 players like Chance Thomas on the board.

    Yet converted defensive ends are the mold for outside linebackers in the Redskins's version of a 3-4. Franklin fits that mold.

    The Redskins did have a need for depth behind starters Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. If he's healthy Jenkins answers that need.


    Grade: C

Round 6, Pick 191: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia

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    The Redskins definitively answered their need for reinforcements at safety in this draft, by selecting Bacarri Rambo with the 191st pick.

    The former Georgia star will have every chance to win a starting job. He fits the two-deep element of Washington's cover schemes.

    Georgia played two-deep shells and Rambo has good zone instincts. He'll offer more range in coverage than Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes.

    The Redskins have again found good value and filled a need. One issue of concern has to be Rambo's drug-related suspension in 2012. It clearly damaged his draft stock.

    The Redskins aren't short of players who've had similar problems, including Trent Williams and Fred Davis. However, they must feel Rambo's athletic range makes him worth a gamble.

    By selecting Rambo and Thomas, the Redskins have given themselves options and created competition at their weakest position.


    Grade: B

Round 7, Pick 228: Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers

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    Shanahan just loves to stock up on running backs. After taking Chris Thompson in round five, Shanahan opted for Jawan Jamison with the Redskins' final pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

    Jamison is similar in size to Thompson at 5'7" and 203 pounds. However, he doesn't boast the same level of dynamic speed.

    Nor does he offer the receiving skills to be a major factor in Washington's pass offense. What Jamison can do is make sudden cuts and quickly identify open rushing lanes.

    Those are invaluable traits in Shanahan's famed zone-running scheme. They give Jamison his best to make the team.

    Drafting another runner after choosing Thompson and already possessing three on the roster, seems a strange move. However, Shanahan's track record with late-round backs makes it easy to believe there is something about Jamison he just couldn't ignore.


    Grade: C