2013 Washington Redskins Draft Review

May 5, 2013; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) runs on the field during rookie minicamp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins had seven selections in the 2013 NFL Draft and went in with the intentions to draft defensive strong. They upgraded the defensive backs with three selections including two safeties and a cornerback. The other selection they made on defense was a fifth round end. On offense they boostered up the backfield with two running back and grabbed an insurance policy in the second round on tight end Fred Davis.

Round 2, Pick 51 – David Amerson, CB, N.C. State – Amerson is easily a first round talent that got eaten up his last year at N.C. State and his stock fell for it. He has the size, strength and natural ability to be a starting corner in the NFL. He is extremely agressive when jumping routes, which allows him to intercept the ball often on shorter routes. He also attacks the run very agressively. He has extremely good ball skills which help him pick off passes that are off target, or when a quarterback tries to squeeze a ball between zones. He isn’t afraid to hit and can close gaps very quickly. He is also very good at wrap up tackles. His aggresive nature allows him to be beat deep and on double moves. He also needs more work in man coverage, but given his size and athleticism, I wouldn’t consider this a problem.

David Amerson Grade – A

Round 3, Pick 85 – Jordan Reed, TE, Florida – Reed’s strength is his receiving game. He can line up just about anywhere in the formation as well. He knows when to use his hands to catch the ball and when to let it get into his body during tight coverage. He is a very smooth runner, and is great with the ball in his hands. He can consistently make defenders miss and fight for yardage when needed. Reed needs to become a more consistent blocker. At times he shows that he can do it, but struggles in other cases. He must become better at blocking the second level and finishing plays instead of watching the ball carrier once he is passed him. At the moment, his route tree is quite small and will need to grow before he makes a huge impact on games.

Jordan Reed Grade – C+

Round 4, Pick 119, Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno St. – Thomas is a very physical defender. He attacks the run and is doesn’t miss many tackles. He has good ball skills and can catch with his hands. He is quick enough to cover tight ends and some receivers. He is aggressive when undercutting routes and is very comfortable with blitzing off the edge. Thomas’s aggressive play allows him to get beat on occasion during play action and deep routes. He also needs to work better at getting off of receiver blocks.

Phillip Thomas Grade – B+

Round 5, Pick 154 – Chris Thompson, RB, Florida St.- Thompson is a big play waiting to happen. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and get up the field quick. When in open space, Thompson knows how to make defenders consistently miss. He is a decisive runner and sets up his blocks very well. He give good effort in pass protection, as well. Chris Thompson is liable to get injured because of his small frame. He is only a change of pace back, not a three down player. He goes down on first contact and needs some space before he can make his own moves.

Chris Thompson Grade – D+

Round 5, Pick 162 – Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida St. – Along with very good production in the SEC, Jenkins is very quick with long strides. He turn the corner when rushing the quarterback, but also has enough power to take blocks head on in the run game. He doesn’t hustle as much as needed. Jenkins also doesn’t use an aresnal of moves, which allows tackles to push him out of the play. He needs to break down in open space to get more of a sure tackle.

Brandon Jenkins Grade – B+

Round 6, Pick 191 – Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia – Rambo is a tough kid. He is big enough and quick enough to fill holes in the run game. He uses cut tackling to his advantage. He reads the routes and quarterbacks eyes very well and has strong hands that allow him to intercept 50/50 balls. He needs to work on taking better angles to the ball and getting off receiver blocks. He also needs to clean up his off the field issues.

Bacarri Rambo Grade – B

Round 7, Pick 228 – Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers – Jamison is a small scat back that can catch the ball out of the backfield. He was productive at Rutgers, even when playing through an ankle injury. He won’t be an every down back, but can bring some change of pace.

Jawan Jamison Grade – C-

Redskins Overall Draft Grade – B

Justin Bales

@DraftTerritory

Topics: NFL Rookies, Washington Redskins, Washington Redskins Draft Grades

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  • Jason

    Awesome article!

  • Tim Maring

    Jordan Reed was not drafted to be a prototypical TE- everyone is well-aware of his deficiency in blocking. He will be one of RGIII favorite targets in no time. The C+ rating seems a bit harsh to me while your grading of Chris Thompson is down-right laughable. a D+???? seriously??? The Redskins do not have a proven 3rd down back. Helu can’t stay healthy. Thompson fits the Shanny mold to a T, you said it yourself: “is a decisive runner and sets up his blocks very well”. Finally onto the last pick: Jawan Jamison. C- ?? Wow, you’d think ppl would have learned by now when it comes to Shanny & RB’s. Btw, he’s short- NOT small & he IS a 3 down back.

    • Justin Bales

      Thanks for the constructive criticism, Tim! I noticed that you didn’t have anything bad to say about my defensive grades, so I’m glad you liked that portion of the article! However, I understand Jordan Reed will be used as a weapon more often than blocking, but he will still see his fair share of blocking. The Redskins love running the ball. A C+ is a slightly above average grade, which I believe he was because he was value, but TE wasn’t a NEED. Thompson got a D+ because he is extremely small and injury prone. I understand that Shanny can make ANY running back look good, but you can’t look good if you’re not playing, right? Also, his grade dropped because of the backs that were still available when he was drafted. Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Mike Gillisee, Latavius Murray, and Kenjon Barner to name a few. Jamison got a lower rating because of the Thompson pick in round five. Spending two picks on players that are only third down backs is a little too much in my opinion, especially when they have Morris. Granted, he isn’t a third down back, but they will end up cutting Chris Thompson, Jawan Jamison, OR Roy Helu before the season. They could’ve upgraded at a different position.

      • Tim Maring

        I’m not bashing ur takes by any means & yes, I think what you said about the Defense was spot on. We just have differing opinions on the Needs of the team. I think TE IS a big need. Fred Davis is coming of an Achilles, on a 1yr deal & is 1 toke away from being suspended for the year. Not exactly brimming w/confidence with him. Our Backup TE in Paulsen is just that, a back-up TE, he’s a great blocker w/decent hands but in no way an offensive threat. Lastly, Niles Paul- a converted WR, struggled mightily with the transition so he’s still a work in a progress. So, the selection of Reed was def not a value pick IMO. & looking back, I was being too nit-picky with your C+ grade- I just see him flying all over the field. & Don’t get me wrong, I was shaken my head at the time of the selection cuz I wanted the 1st 3 picks strictly to the secondary but wth do I know? & I prob would be p*ssed if Thomas & Rambo hadn’t fell to us (which Im still over the moon about).

        As per RB, the same argument I used for TE applies here just to a lesser degree. Helu is FAR from safe- that boy can’t stay healthy. & Royster, while a solid back-up, reportedly has had a bit of an attitude, he wasn’t too pleased when Morris got the call. So, IMO we have little behind Morris. I love the Jamison pick- I see him as Morris’ back-up by week 1 which would mean the end of Royster. Plus, I think he’s a more complete back than you give him credit for (but again, wth do I know).

        Thompson is the real sticking point. You have to admit that the kid is electric. Ive read numerous posts that many teams love his ability- which is a one-cut lightning bug who has good hands & altho may not be the best in pass-pro, at least isn’t afraid to mix it up. That being said, most teams stayed away from him d/t his injuries- a friggin broken back :/ & the knee. So yes, you are right being leery of him. I just see the upside (shocker), we won’t rush him back. I see him pushing Helu out of the way if all goes right. Anyways, all in all I think you did a very good job with ur take which is saying something given that 90% of what most of these’ experts’ say is unfounded recycled garbage. Thx for responding btw, take care