Redskins close deal with Robert Royal

The Washington Redskins are sewing their draft picks by signing former LSU tight end Robert Royal to a contract.

What do the scouts say about Royal?

He is a complete tight end prospect effective both catching the ball or blocking. He breaks down well, strong at the point of attack and turns opposing lineman out run blocking, easily handling one-on-one assignments.

On the line, Royal displays adequate footwork in pass protection, stays square and shows good arm punch. He is patient, blocks with leverage and works well with his tackle.

Running routes, Royal is fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, adjusts to the errant throw and extends his hands, catching the ball away from his body. He finds the soft spot in the defense, comes back to the ball and makes himself an available target.

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