The 2013 NFL draft is complete for the Washington Redskins and the team certainly went in the direction many had expected with their seven selections—four players on defense and three on offense. While we now know who will join the team, we may never know why they were chosen.
Fans of the Redskins will question why a particular player was chosen over another player at the same position, but there is much to be learned from this year's selections, as the Redskins were able to see through the silver lining with some of their previous year's draft picks.
The ability to recognize potential and seize opportunities in the NFL draft is not a science, an art or a gift for NFL front offices—but the Redskins have done quite well in the middle rounds in recent years, and this year proves to be no exception.
However, there is an alarming trend in all but one of the Redskins picks this year, which is not uncommon for collegiate football players: previous injuries.
Here is a listing of the seven newest Washington Redskins listed in order of their selection in the 2013 NFL draft.
The 51st overall pick was chosen in the second round. Amerson is a 6'1", 205-lb. cornerback who played three seasons at N.C. State. He was the sixth cornerback taken in this year's draft. He was a second-team All-ACC selection last season.
In 2011, Amerson was the recipient of the Jack Tatum award, which recognizes the best defensive back in the nation, following his 13-interception season, second most in NCAA history. He has no known former injuries from his college playing days.
The 85th overall pick was chosen in the third round. Reed is a 6'2", 236-lb. tight end who played three seasons at Florida. He was the fifth tight end taken in this year's draft. He was a first-team AP offensive selection and second-team All-SEC selection.
Last season, Reed accounted for 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns. An unfortunate footnote to his player profile is his benching during last year's Sugar Bowl for having a "poor attitude." In 2010, Reed injured his right knee and has been hampered by a lingering hamstring injury.
The 119th overall pick was chosen in the fourth round. Thomas is a 6'0", 208-lb. strong safety who played four seasons at Fresno State. He was the 12th safety, free and strong safety included, in this year's draft. He was a unanimous All-American last year with Fresno State and led the NCAA with eight interceptions in 2012.
Thomas broke his left leg and dislocated his right ankle in 2011.
The 154th overall pick was the first of two picks chosen in the fifth round for Washington. Thompson is a 5'7", 192-lb. running back who played four seasons at Florida State. He was the 12th running back chosen in this year's draft. He was a second-team All-ACC selection last season.
In 2011, Thompson suffered a significant back injury that resulted in two broken vertebrae. Midway through the 2011 season, he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
The 162nd overall pick was the Redskins' second fifth-round selection in this year's NFL draft. Jenkins is a 6'2", 251-lb. defensive end who played four seasons at Florida State. He was the 22nd defensive end taken in this year's draft. He was a preseason All-American and All-ACC candidate before he injured his left foot in Florida State's season opener.
The 191st overall pick was chosen in the sixth round. Rambo is a 6'0", 211-lb. safety who played four seasons at Georgia. He was the 17th safety chosen in this year's draft. He has been listed as a safety, free safety and strong safety, so he is versatile at his position. Rambo accounted for 16 career interceptions.
He does have a footnote due to his two suspensions following failed drug tests. He has no known previous collegiate injuries, except for perhaps lack of judgment.
The final Redskins pick in the 2013 NFL draft was the 228th overall pick and was chosen in the seventh round. Jamison is a 5'7", 203-lb. running back who played two seasons at Rutgers. He was the 23rd running back chosen in this year's draft.
He was a second-team All-Big East selection last season and rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in two seasons with Rutgers. Following an ankle injury midseason in 2012, Jamison decided to become one of the few sophomores in this year's NFL draft.
Overall, I think the Washington Redskins pulled off another above-average NFL team draft. I think the front office has placed some high expectations on a few of the selections—but then again, who would have guessed Alfred Morris would achieve the success and records he amassed in his NFL rookie year.
NOTE: All statistical information provided by NFL.com.
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