Rookie Review: OT Tom Compton

Rookie Review: OT Tom Compton
January 28, 2013, 7:00 am
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In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at the Redskins’ rookies, grade their performance in 2012 and take a look at their future prospects.

Today, we’re examining offensive tackle Tom Compton

Drafted: Sixth round (193rd overall).

Grade: Incomplete

2012: Compton was released during the final cuts right before the season started and he was immediately added to the practice squad when he passed through waivers. It appears that he may have been drawing some interest from other teams while there as there were reports that his pay was raised to a level well above the practice squad minimum. He was moved onto the active roster for the last four games of the season. When Tyler Polumbus missed the Week 16 game against the Eagles with a concussion, Compton was active but Maurice Hurt got the start. Compton was inactive the other three games.

Prospects: Polumbus is a free agent and Jammal Brown, who was slated to be the starter at right tackle last season, isn’t likely to be back due to health concerns. That opens the door for Compton to have a shot at competing for a starting job. Polumbus could be back but the team may like him in more of a utility/backup role than as an every game starter. Hurt also could be in the mix if there is competition. Even if he doesn’t end up with a starting spot, he could take the spot as the swing tackle. That job was held by Jordan Black last year and there is a good chance that the Redskins will let him leave as a free agent.