The NFL Draft is over and the work to get all the rookies ready for the NFL begins. For the Washington Redskins, that means first-round pick Josh Doctson and six others selected in the 2016 draft. The same scenario exists for the other 31 NFL teams, of which the Redskins will face 13, including each NFC East rival twice. Let's begin taking a look at the interesting matchups and scenarios involving the new guys.
Who: Dallas Cowboys
When: Week 2: Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m. on FOX; Week 12: Thursday, November 24 at 4:30 p.m. on FOX
Where: FedExField; AT&T Stadium
* 1st round -- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
* 4th round -- Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
* 6th round -- Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
Major matchup: Elliott has seemingly boxed out former fan favorite Alfred Morris from playing time in Dallas and now the Redskins' defense might pay the price. Nothing against Morris, but Elliott is a big, bruising back with speed to shred defenses. Presumed starting inside linebackers Will Compton and Mason Foster are going to have their hands full making sure Elliott does not get to the secondary by using sound tackling techniques, which has plagued Washington in recent years.
Keep an eye on: Dallas will be without defensive ends Randy Gregory (four-game suspension), Demarcus Lawrence (four-game suspension) and Greg Hardy (not re-signed), so their pass rushing attack is simply not that impressive. Tapper will likely be pressed into a big role early, which should allow Trent Williams to feast. Tapper was able to manhandle college players, but Williams is simply on a different level.
Don't forget: Many of the Cowboys' draft picks will not be participating in this bout, including Jaylon Smith (ACL) and QB Dak Prescott. This makes sixth-round pick Brown an interesting player for Dallas. He recorded the second-fastest 40-yard dash among cornerbacks at the combine (4.35). With his elite speed, Brown is probably going to be matched up with deep threat DeSean Jackson. Normally, Jackson is able to fly past anybody on the football field, but it should be fun to watch a track meet that forces Jackson into using his veteran experience to beat the rookie.
Check out our Week 1 rookie preview here.
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