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 safety Jordan Bernstine.
Drafted: Seventh round (217th overall).
Stats: 1 game.
2012: One of six safeties to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, Bernstine tore the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee while on kickoff coverage duty in the season opener and was lost for the season. The Iowa product had impressed coaches in the preseason, recording 11 tackles, defending two passes and intercepting another in four games.
Prospects: A versatile player who can line up at both safety positions and return kicks, Bernstine relies on his speed. So the 23-year-old's recovery from his devastating injury will determine how – or whether – he fits into the Redskins’ plans next season. With Tanard Jackson suspended for a year and Brandon Meriweather also recovering from a season-ending knee injury, the bolstering the safety position is expected to be a top priority for the Redskins this offseason.