Because you're busy, but also a big Redskins fan, Peter Hailey found one Vine of each Redskins rookie that'll make fans excited.
There’s already one clear reason why Redskins fans should be enthused about the rookies who make up Washington’s 2016 draft class: Scot McCloughan handpicked them. When McCloughan selects a football player, it’s equivalent to when James Bond picks a new woman — they’ve both been doing what they do for years, so when they settle on someone, you figure that they’re going to be legit.
But just in case you need a little more excitement about the Redskins’ incoming roster members, here is one Vine for each prospect that should up your anticipation for their debuts:
At 6-foot-2, Doctson is approximately two feet taller than any other receiver on the team (OK, yes, it just feels that way because the Burgundy and Gold haven’t employed a skillful and tall wideout in so long, it’s almost as if they thought it was illegal to find guys over 6 feet. Still, he’s big). And, to go along with that height, the TCU star has a hefty vertical and a penchant for snatching footballs at their highest point. Exhibit A:
Memo to Kirk Cousins: Just throw it up there, buddy. Doctson will go get it.
Jay Gruden and Joe Barry will have to decide what Cravens’ role in the NFL will be. Fans, meanwhile, will have to decide on a nickname (how about “The Prius,” because he’s a hybrid? Still working on it). Nevertheless, the USC product will be able to use his in-between size and speed to do work all over the field, like he does here:
That may not have been the most difficult pick ever, but it’s one that shows how Cravens can help: He’ll be patrolling the flats and the middle of the gridiron, looking to give assistance in run support while also jumping passing lanes to generate turnovers.
Some families produce a lot of lawyers or veterinarians. The Fullers, though, create stud athletes. Fuller will be the fourth member of his clan to suit up in the NFL, and judging by his tape, it appears that he picked up the turnover gene that a few of his other brothers have. Look at this play where he rips the football away as if he’s offended by the fact the Maryland wideout possessed it in the first place:
If he can get fully healthy, that type of “Hey, what are you doing with that? That’s mine, dude,” attitude could lead to a lot of short fields for the Redskins’ offense.
The guy who may or may not have been a part of the battle detailed in the movie "300" is a powerful defensive lineman who will likely join the defense’s rotation of trench warriors. And, while he isn’t a terrific pass rusher, he’s regarded as a smart player that can disrupt the run game and take opponents down in the backfield, too. Look at him identify the screen pass early here and wallop the running back before he can even think of moving forward:
That intelligence and effort should serve him well in securing playing time in his post-college life.
Sudfeld isn’t a finished product as a passer by any means, but he’s got some things to work with. At Indiana, his inconsistency is what led to him being available in the sixth round, yet scouts approve of his size, arm and mobility. Check out all three on display here:
Sure, throwing across your body like that way downfield isn’t likely to end in success too often in the NFL, but that’s a highlight that conveys what Washington is landing in Sudfeld. He’s not afraid to sling it around and can do some things off schedule. Sean McVay and Co. now have to mold him into a pro.
Even though he’s a seventh-rounder, a couple of pundits were very intrigued when the Redskins snagged him. Mel Kiper Jr. said Daniels was as productive on tape as any linebacker he evaluated this year, while Mike Mayock thinks he could develop into a starter. Yeah, that’s cool. Daniels is a 1980s defender who has somehow found his way into 2016 — he’s thick, he hits people and he goes at it every down. This snippet of action, where he first drops into his spot in coverage before coming back downhill to lay one on Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, is impressive:
Washington has some decent depth at Daniels’ position, but adding a body like his, who was very productive at Boston College, was a nice thing to do in the draft’s last round. Keep an eye on this one.
You’ve likely heard the story on Marshall by now: A stupid-fast running back from Georgia who suffered a nasty knee injury and has since lost a bit of his confidence and reputation as a playmaker. It sounds like most of his speed has returned, however, and now, the next step is getting him comfortable with the ball in his hands again. If that happens? Well, expect a lot more explosions like this one from 2012:
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