Projecting 2013 Impact, Stats for Each Washington Redskins Draft Pick
The Washington Redskins did a great job addressing their most pressing needs with this draft. Even without a first-round pick, they managed to find some good talent and a ton of upside with their selections.
Four of their picks have a shot at being featured heavily as rookies, with two having the inside track at becoming starters before the season ends.
With a lot left to be decided between now and the start of the season, predictions are difficult to make. Nevertheless, here is a look at the impact and potential stats for each of this year's draft picks for the Redskins.
Round 2: David Amerson, CB, NC State
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There was no question that the biggest need the Redskins came into the draft with was in their secondary. Even though last year's starters, Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall, return this season, and E.J. Biggers was added in free agency, there was a need to upgrade the cornerback position.
David Amerson is among the biggest boom-or-bust secondary prospects in this draft, and the Redskins are counting on him to be the future of their secondary.
Amerson didn't live up to the hype he created with his 13-interception sophomore season, but he had a solid junior campaign nonetheless. He's a natural ball hawk and, with proper coaching, could easily take over as the second corner late in his rookie season and assume the No. 1 role sometime in his second or third year.
Stat Prediction: 5 games started, 30 tackles, 4 interceptions
Round 3: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
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With Fred Davis a bit of an unknown at this point, having seen his last two seasons end due to suspension and injury respectively, the Redskins needed to consider the future at the tight end position.
Best-case scenario, Davis and Jordan Reed combine to become one of the most formidable tight end tandems in the NFL.
Though Reed lacks the production of Florida alum Aaron Hernandez, he possesses smooth catch and run abilities, and can pick up yards after the catch, much like Davis. His versatility and solid blocking skills make him an asset with a ton of potential.
Regardless of the role Davis assumes this season, Reed figures to be a big part of the 'Skins offense.
Stat Prediction: 30 catches, 250 yards, 2 touchdowns
Round 4: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
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Versatility is the name of the game for players in the 'Skins secondary, and Phillip Thomas played both free and strong safety for the Bulldogs, showing excellent ball skills, evidenced by his 13 interceptions, six forced fumbles and four interceptions returned for touchdowns.
If not for a broken leg and dislocated ankle suffered before his junior season, Thomas might have been a more sought-after prospect this draft.
Thomas has a chance to be a day-one starter, particular because Madieu Williams is gone and Tanard Jackson may not be reinstated before the season begins. A strong camp will only solidify his path to being a starter.
Stat Prediction: 14 games started, 50-60 tackles, 3 interceptions
Round 5: Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State
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Chris Thompson must be pinching himself knowing he'll have a chance to play under Mike Shanahan. He is gifted as a runner, possessing above-average vision, great change-of-direction ability and can be a dependable receiver out of the backfield.
If not for a potentially career-ending back injury, Thompson could have been one of the more sought-after prizes in the draft. Even so, he shows enough promise to be considered worth the risk.
If Evan Royster and Roy Helu are major factors on offense this season, Thompson might not get a chance to put up substantial numbers.
Stat Prediction: 20-25 carries, 110 yards, 1 touchdown, 5 catches, 25 yards
Round 5: Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
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Depth is always good to have, as is versatility, and that is what the Redskins are getting with Brandon Jenkins. Though his senior season was cut short by a broken foot, Jenkins notched 21.5 sacks between his sophomore and junior seasons.
With the departure of Lorenzo Alexander as their special teams ace, the Redskins might look to groom Jenkins for the role.
Not that Jenkins is destined to be a special teams player. If anything, limiting him to such a role would be criminal given his physical ability to get to the passer. He'll likely fall in behind Brian Orakpo or Ryan Kerrigan, and could see a decent amount of snaps as part of a rotation.
Stat Prediction: 10-15 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Round 6: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
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Consider this draft a major overhaul of a secondary in need, and the Redskins managed to pick up three potential starters without a first-round pick.
Though their need at strong safety was not as great as the needs at corner and free safety, landing Bacarri Rambo is a difficult prospect to pass up in the sixth round.
Rambo is a fluid defender with solid ball skills, though he could use some work on his tackling angles and overall tackling form. There's no reason to doubt he could be a starter sometime next year, and considering the rotation of players and overall versatility in the secondary, Rambo should see ample time as a rookie.
Assuming his history of suspensions, however brief and purportedly misunderstood, does not continue, Rambo could be a steal at strong safety.
Stat Prediction: 6 games started, 25 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble
Round 7: Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
Comparisons to Ray Rice are inevitable, considering the Rutgers connection and diminutive size, but Jawan Jamison is simply not that kind of player.
Rice rushed for 2,012 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, while Jamison rushed for 1,972 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two years with the Scarlet Knights.
The Redskins will lean on Alfred Morris in his second year, but depending on the futures of Roy Helu and Evan Royster, Jamison could see some work as a change-of-pace back, assuming he makes the roster. Mike Shanahan's knack for making running backs gives Jamison a shot to be a surprise playmaker.
Stat Prediction: 10-15 carries, 45 yards, 1 touchdown