Washington selected Razorback senior linebacker Martrell Spaight (6-0, 236) in the fifth round with the 141st pick overall of the draft.
Spaight led the SEC in tackles last season with 128 and was a first-team All-SEC selection and was joined a round later by Arkansas cornerback Tevin Mitchel, who was also taken by the Redskins.
"He was a very productive player," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said at his post-draft press conference. "He was a two-year player and really did some good things. He is a physical linebacker. He makes a ton of plays and was very, very productive in the games that he played.
He is very exciting and likes to hit. You can see that. He doesn't back down from any contact and he will be a player to be reckoned with. I promise you that. He is a very tough player."
He will move to inside linebacker in the Redskins' 3-4 defense.
“I feel comfortable,” Spaight told Redskins.com of making the position change. “I know I’ll have to use my hands more and that’s an area I was really working on my senior year – using my hands to get off of blocks. I feel comfortable playing 4-3 or 3-4, so I’m just ready to go out there and prove I can play in that scheme.”
He joins teammate Trey Flowers - who was drafted in the fourth round by the New England Patriots - as Razorbacks taken on the third and final day of this year's NFL Draft.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema talked about Spaight's lower-body strength.
“He has got a got a gift,” Bielema said. “His core strength from knees to abdomen is incredible. He just is an incredibly explosive player.”
Gruden thinks Mitchel can find a role with the Redskins.
"We did a lot of work on Tevin at his pro day," Gruden said. "He has excellent measurables. He is six-foot and was relegated mostly to playing nickel at Arkansas. I think with the measurables that he has there is a role for him. He did some good things at the nickel position."
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