2013 NFL Draft - Washington Redskins

Posted Apr 29, 2013

Washington Redskins - NFC East, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects

Washington Redskins

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City | Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati | Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay

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- 2010 Washington Draft Breakdown

The Draft Was ... sneaky-good. Considering there wasn't a first round pick, this wasn't a bad draft with two good defensive backs in NC State's David Amerson going in the second and Fresno State ball-hawker Phillip Thomas in the fourth. Florida tight end Jordan Reed will become instant friends with RG3, but Florida State running back Chris Thompson in the fifth was a reach – but no one saw Alfred Morris coming from the sixth round last year. Seminole defensive end Brandon Jenkins in the fifth round might have been the best value pick in the entire draft.
Best Value Pick: DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State in the 5th round
Worst Value Pick: RB Chris Thompson, Florida State in the 5th round
They Should've ... made more of an effort to get Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle in the fifth. The former Cowboy star fits the Mike Shanahan system, but he went three picks ahead of Chris Thompson to Dallas in the fifth. Thompson has plenty of talent and skill, but Randle has Clinton Portis ability.
Division Draft Ranking: 3
Conference Draft Ranking: 9


CB David Amerson, NC State (Jr.) 6-1, 205
Overall Pick No. 51 CFN Position Rank: 12
With peerless ball-hawking skills and the size and speed to match, he has the look, the talent and the attitude to be a big-time player in big-time situations. There's no problem with his confidence, and while that got him in a bit of trouble early on last year getting beaten way too often, he settled down and turned in an underappreciated year. No corner in the draft has better ball skills or better instincts to close on a receiver, but now he has to do the work to improve. The attitude is mostly good, but he can't get caught thinking and believing he has it all down. There's the potential to be great, but his future will be a nickel and dime defender where he gets to roam and make something big happen on third downs.
CFN Projection: Second Round


TE Jordan Reed, Florida (Jr.) 6-3, 236
Overall Pick No. 85 CFN Position Rank: 5
While he's not blazing fast, the former quarterback is extremely athletic and great at making things happen with the ball in his hands. He plays faster than he times with the ability to get deep and make the big play. Powerful, he doesn't get brought down easily and he cuts like a running back in the open field. Not a blocker, he's never going to bury his man and he's only going to be a receiver and a possible Wildcat/emergency quarterback, but once he gets down all the finer points of becoming an NFL route runner, he could be devastating.
CFN Projection: Third Round


Phillip Thomas, Fresno State (FS) 6-1, 208
Overall Pick No. 118 CFN Position Rank: 7
A peerless ball-hawker and a playmaker, an argument could be made that he was the best defensive back in college football last season with a nation-leading eight interceptions to go along with four sacks. Great with the ball in his hands, he's dangerous at going from being a defensive star to an offensive weapon in a hurry. With great instincts he's always in the right place at the right time and has an uncanny knack for coming up with the right play at the right time. He's not fast and he'll never outrun anyone, but he's functionally athletic and makes up for his shortcomings by never taking a wasted step. He'll need to be surrounded by more athletic and quicker defensive backs, but he can find a starting role in a secondary for the next decade.
CFN Projection: Third Round


RB Chris Thompson 5-7 192
Overall Pick No. 154 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked

DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State 6-3, 251
Overall Pick No. 162 CFN Position Rank: 6
A much stronger prospect before he got hurt at the beginning of last season with a foot injury, he's still trying to come back and has been knocked down a few pegs because he hasn't been able to show what he can do in workouts. He's not as big as you'd like for a full-time defensive end, but he's athletic enough to see time as an outside linebacker in the right system. A superstar pass rushing prospect before the injury, he holds up well against the run and cuts and moves like a much smaller playmaker. Silky smooth and extremely crafty, when he's right he has all the ability to become a Pro Bowl caliber pass rushing specialist. Consistency has been an issue in the past and there's a hard ceiling on what he can become without getting a lot stronger, but he could be a sensational value pick. Before getting hurt he was considered a first rounder as another possible Von Miller, but he'll slide.
CFN Projection: Third Round


SS Bacarri Rambo, Georgia 6-1, 211
Overall Pick No. 191 CFN Position Rank: 9
Terrific at coming up with big plays, he's tough, fast and aggressive to the ball with nice size and a good pop. An intimidator, in the right scheme, he should become a tone-setting force when the ball is in the air. Receivers always have to keep their heads on a swivel when he's around. He might not be quite quick enough, and while he can hit like a linebacker, he occasionally covers like one, too. Yes, he'll apply the big shot to the receiver, but he's just okay when it comes to stepping up against the run. He was suspended for stretches including the season and has to answer a few questions after a failed drug test, but the off-the-field issues aren't that big a deal.
CFN Projection: Third Round


RB Jawan Jamison, Rutgers (Soph.) 5-7, 203
Overall Pick No. 228 CFN Position Rank: 12
The lazy will try to make comparisons to Ray Rice because he's small, squatty and went to Rutgers – he's not nearly the same player. There's no power whatsoever, but he's tough, hard to find through the line and cuts quickly and decisively as he flies through the hole. While he's a good football player, he's not an athlete and doesn't have the elite quickness to be a specialty back, but he can handle the workload and won't have any problems getting plenty of work for long stretches. He could turn into a solid No. 2 back who can be used for long stretches and not worried about – he'll always find a way to go forward and isn't going to fumble.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round