Washington Redskins 2013 Draft: The Good and the Bad

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistApril 27, 2013

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Fresno State defensive back Phillip Thomas runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Redskins have wrapped up their 2013 draft, with seven new additions (four defensive, three offensive). Here's our first broad look at what the 'Skins were able to do without a first-round pick. 


Pick rundown 

  • Round 2 (51): David Amerson (CB, North Carolina State)
  • Round 3 (85): Jordan Reed (TE, Florida)
  • Round 4 (119): Phillip Thomas (S, Fresno State)
  • Round 5 (154): Chris Thompson (RB, Florida State)
  • Round 5 (162): Brandon Jenkins (OLB, Florida State)
  • Round 6 (191): Bacarri Rambo (S, Georgia)
  • Round 7 (228): Jawan Jamison (RB, Rutgers)


Best pick: Phillips Thomas

Jonathan Cyprien would have been a dream addition in this draft, but he was out of Washington's reach. The fact that the 'Skins were able to land a player just like Cyprien in Round 4 is impressive. The unanimous first-team All-American was supposed to be a second- or third-round pick, and now he thinks he could be "the steal of the draft" (per Mike Jones of The Washington Post). I fully expect him to be a starter by the time 2013 wraps up. 


Other picks I liked: Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Jenkins

While Thomas is a great fit at strong safety, Rambo could be a better fit at free safety. The Redskins could use help in both spots. Rambo also was a good value pick in Round 6, and he could also have a chance to start as a rookie. Jenkins is another strong pass-rushing body. Remember: Brian Orakpo presents at least a minor injury concern, while Rob Jackson is suspended for the first four games of the year. 


Worst pick: David Amerson

It's a little disappointing that the 'Skins, who were so bad in coverage last year, drafted only one cornerback. And if you're going to use your first pick on a corner, make sure he's at least half-decent in coverage. Amerson was embarrassed time and again one-on-one in the ACC last year. He's a playmaker with a fairly high ceiling, but I wouldn't have any confidence in this guy contributing during his rookie season. 


Other picks I didn't like: Jordan Reed, two running backs?

I understand the need for some security in case Fred Davis doesn't last beyond this season, but there were some good defensive backs on the board when Washington made this pick. I also don't think it was necessary for Washington to take two more backs, but Mike Shanahan is a magician, so we'll wait to see what transpires there. 


Left to address: cornerback, right tackle

They're set at safety now, but I'd like to see them bring in some corners as undrafted free agents. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are entering contract years. I figured they'd stay away from offensive tackles and let Tyler Polumbus battle it out with Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos, but that's a position of need regardless.