Your Monday morning open thread:
A draft pick’s third-year in the NFL is often a critical one. Typically by the end of it, teams (and fans) know which track the player is on.
Is he an emerging star? Progressing toward becoming a regular in the lineup? A bust?
With the that in mind, let’s take a quick look back at the Redskins’ 2011 class.
- LB Ryan Kerrigan
- DE Jarvis Jenkins
- WR Leonard Hankerson
- RB Roy Helu
- S DeJon Gomes
- TE Niles Paul
- RB Evan Royster
- WR Aldrick Robinson
- DB Brandyn Thompson
- OL Maurice Hurt
- LB Markus White
- NT Chris Neild
All but Thompson and White will be on the Redskins’ roster entering camp next week.
So here are today’s questions: Which player (s) do you expect to break out in 2013? And which players are up against it?
I’m going with Hankerson and Jenkins as my breakout candidates. Both overcame injuries that derailed them early on and, with a clean bill of health and a full offseason to prepare, there are no excuses this year. They’ve got the talent. Now they've got to show what they can do.
Conversely, I think Helu and Robinson need to prove themselves. With two rookies pushing him, Helu must show in camp that he can stay on the field and then have a productive season. Robinson, meantime, must show he's more than just fast. He needs to prove he can run NFL quality routes, get open and hang onto the ball.
(Kerrigan, obviously, is the best player in the group, but since he’s already appeared in a Pro Bowl, I didn’t really consider him. You can, though. With Brian Orakpo back, he certainly could top the 8.5 sacks he posted as a sophomore.)
So who you got?