The Washington Redskins didn't have a first-round pick in last week's NFL draft, but the 'Skins did add seven new players to the roster Friday and Saturday at Radio City Music Hall. Now that we've had a chance to digest what went down, here are our initial projections for all seven of those rookies.
David Amerson: 1 INT, 8 tackles in 10 games (zero starts)
The second-round pick out of North Carolina State is not ready to be a regular cornerback in the NFL. He's a project who was burned far too often during his final season in the ACC. I'd be surprised if he beat out both Richard Crawford and Chase Minnifield to be the No. 4 cornerback, and I definitely think he's firmly behind Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall and E.J. Biggers. That said, injuries can change everything.
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Reed believes Amerson will excel in the NFL: "Those teams that picked those corners before him, they’ll be upset they didn’t pick David.”4/30/2013, 11:53:19 PM
Jordan Reed: 6 REC, 70 YDS in 12 games (zero starts)
The Florida tight end was drafted in the third round because the 'Skins might need a long-term candidate to replace Fred Davis, who is entering another one-year contract. He can play all over the field, but he was drafted because he was the best player available, not because Washington needed him right now. Unless Davis or Logan Paulsen get hurt, Reed will probably spend the year as the third tight end.
Phillip Thomas: 2 INT, 20 tackles in 16 games (3 starts)
With so much uncertainty in the Washington secondary, the fourth-round pick out of Fresno State is likely to get some serious reps at safety at some point this year. He's a seasoned playmaker who had eight interceptions and three touchdowns in his senior season in the Mountain West Conference.
Chris Thompson: 35 carries, 190 yards, zero touchdowns
The speedy Florida State running back could be a perfect complement for Alfred Morris. And sure, they've got a bevy of backs on the roster and Thompson is a fifth-round pick, but keep in mind that Morris was a sixth-rounder last year. Expect Thompson to gain more and more opportunities as the season wears on, especially if Evan Royster and Roy Helu can't stay healthy.
Brandon Jenkins: 2 sacks, 10 tackles in 13 games (zero starts)
The Florida State fifth-rounder missed pretty much the entire 2012 season due to a foot injury. Had that not happened, he might have been a first- or second-round selection. He says he's healthy now and the 'Skins will look to see if he can bring some support to a pass rush that will be without Rob Jackson early and doesn't know what to expect from Brian Orakpo after a major injury kept him out most of 2012. That's why it was tough to predict his numbers, but we figure he'll get in enough reps for a pair of sacks.
Bacarri Rambo: 1 INT, 15 tackles in 13 games (2 starts)
Rambo's in a similar situation to Thomas. He was also drafted later than expected, and he has the ability to contribute early after four years in the SEC. With that secondary in flux, look for the sixth-round pick out of Georgia to be active all year in D.C.
Jawan Jamison: N/A
Hard to imagine the seventh-round pick out of Rutgers making the final 53. Too many running backs. Expect Jamison to spend his rookie season on the practice squad.
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