Power Ranking the Washington Redskins' 2013 Draft Class
This year’s draft was another solid one for the Washington Redskins.
From top to bottom, they were able to put together a pretty respectable draft class and definitely filled some needs.
They were able to draft three of the top defensive back prospects, pick up a quality pass-rusher and even get some weapons for Robert Griffin III.
Washington was able to stick to its board and pick up the best player available in each round of this year’s draft.
There was a head-scratcher or two, but each and every one of these picks has value.
Chris Thompson, RB, Florida St.
While running back isn’t the biggest position of need for the Redskins, this was more of a case of “who’s the best player on your board," and at this point, it was Chris Thompson.
Thompson is a quality pass-catcher out of the backfield and is a nightmare in the open field.
The Redskins were looking for a quality third-down back behind Alfred Morris, and Thompson may be able to fill that role.
He doesn’t possess the necessary size to be an every-down back, but they probably wouldn’t use him for that anyway. Thompson is also a dangerous returner, something Washington lacked last year.
Overall, Thompson would fit as more of an offensive weapon as opposed to a running back in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Worst comes to worst and he doesn’t pan out, the team didn’t waste more than a late-round pick on him—there's a lot more reward than risk with this guy.
Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
This is another example of drafting by value and not need. Jawan Jamison is a guy who was a prominent part of his school’s offense before suffering an injury that seriously hurt his production.
Jamison’s running style is somewhat similar to Morris’. He is a one-cut power back who can make an impact as a between-the-tackles runner.
Ironically, Jamison compares pretty well to another former Rutgers running back: Ray Rice. Both are short, stocky runners who are surprisingly quick and powerful.
He is a good back to have on the roster and develop for a larger role down the road. Who knows, maybe he could be the next Alfred Morris.
Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Jordan Reed is an interesting pick.
Many thought that it was a little too early to draft a tight end in the third round given Washington’s recent re-signing of Fred Davis, but it makes sense.
Nowadays, many teams are utilizing the two-tight end set and are having much success with it. It’s a copycat league, and this looks like the Redskins’ attempt to copy.
Reed proved himself as a quality pass-catcher and polished route-runner at Florida. He also made a name for himself as an in-line blocker and as an H-back.
Reed’s versatility is what makes him such a great pick. You can never have too many weapons on offense, and this is a great pickup for Washington.
Reed’s athletic ability will make him a quality red-zone target in the NFL.
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
Bacarri Rambo has the potential to become the best pick out of this entire Redskins class.
He showed tremendous ability in college as a vicious hitter, almost reminiscent of former Redskins great Sean Taylor.
Rambo played on one of the premier SEC teams at Georgia, so you know he is used to playing against the top guys from around the country.
Rambo is very fluid in coverage; he moves well downfield with the receivers and can sometimes make a play on the ball. He doesn’t have the best hands, but he can definitely deflect a good amount of passes.
He is a natural playmaker and game-changer and was a great value pick in the sixth round for Washington.
Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida St.
Brandon Jenkins could turn out to be one of the biggest steals of this year’s draft.
Two years ago before he suffered a Lisfranc injury, he was largely considered to be a first- or second-round pick.
The fifth-round pick could contribute right away for the Redskins in a rotational role and on special teams before cracking the starting lineup.
He possess great size and speed and will be a monster on the edge.
Now that Jenkins is healthy, he has a good chance at becoming an important fixture in the Washington defense.
David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
David Amerson possesses first-round talent and is an ideal fit for the Redskins’ scheme.
He fell to the second round because he took unnecessary risks during his last season with the Wolfpack, but that can easily be coached up.
Amerson is big enough to jam receivers on the line of scrimmage yet athletic enough to make a play on the ball downfield.
Now that Washington has added Amerson, it could probably move veteran corner DeAngelo Hall to free safety, filling that hole.
Amerson will learn a lot from Hall and Josh Wilson and could really become a cornerstone of the Redskins defense with time.
Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno St.
Phillip Thomas will add a physical presence to Washington’s secondary that was desperately missed last season.
He is a good player on the back end of the defense, can make plays on the ball as well as lay a big hit.
Thomas also has the ability to step up into the box and make a play in the running game. He isn’t the fastest player, but he has a nose for the football.
Think Bob Sanders: not terribly big or fast but an effective tackler.
Thomas also has a history of blitzing off the edge and could add another dimension to the Redskins’ pass rush.
Thomas was a spectacular pickup in the fourth round for Washington.