Despite not owning a pick in the first round of the 2013 draft, Redskins officials emerged from the war room in Ashburn on Saturday night with plenty to be pleased about.
They addressed the team’s primary need (defensive secondary). They were fortunate enough to snag a few players who slipped (Phillip Thomas, Bacarri Rambo, Jawan Jamison). And they added yet another versatile weapon (Jordan Reed) to an offense that ranked fourth in points per game last season.
Coach Mike Shanahan said he has a “great feeling” about the seven players selected, adding, “We’re a better football team today than we were yesterday.” And judging from the comments on social media, the overwhelming majority of Redskins fans are also excited about the haul.
Overall, we liked it, too. Some selections, though, were better than others.
Here's our report card:
No. 51 (second round)
Position/name: CB David Amerson
Comment: As long as the Redskins are getting the player who grabbed 13 interceptions in 2011 and not the one whose confidence sagged after getting beat a lot in 2012, it’s a very solid pick. Amerson has attributes that can’t be coached: height (6-1) and speed (4.35-second 40).
No. 85 (third)
Position/name: TE Jordan Reed
Comment: If he’s really an Aaron Hernandez “clone” as some have described him, Robert Griffin III and the Redskins’ explosive offense just got that much more dangerous.
No. 119 (fourth)
Position/name: S Phillip Thomas
Comment: No brainer. Projected by some as a late second round possibility and a third round certainty, the Redskins got their man in the fourth. Only concern: why did a unanimous All-American who led the nation with eight interceptions last season slip so far?
No. 154 (fifth)
Position/name: RB Chris Thompson
Comment: Big time speed in a very small package (5 foot 7), Shanahan hopes Thompson wil become a third down/change-of-pace back to complement Alfred Morris. Injuries to ACL and back the past two years makes the pick a moderate risk, though.
No. 162 (fifth)
Position/name: OLB Brandon Jenkins
Comment: Made 22.5 sacks in 40 games at Florida State but, like fellow Seminole Chris Thompson, he’s coming off a major injury, missing all but one game in 2012 with a Lisfranc injury to his left foot. If the foot holds up, Jenkins for Albert Haynesworth is a win for Washington.
No. 191 (sixth)
Position/name: S Bacarri Rambo
Comment: A third or fourth round ball-hawking prospect who plummeted because of a pair of drug-related suspensions at Georgia. Says he's learned his lesson. The Redskins can only hope that he has.
No. 228 (seventh)
Position/name: RB Jawan Jamison
Comment: Hearing that he left Rutgers early to support his ailing mother makes you want to pull for him. But a look at his measurables – 5 foot 7 and a sluggish 4.62-second 40 – makes you wonder a bit, doesn’t it?