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: New York Giants
When: Week 3: Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m on FOX; Week 17: Sunday, January 1 at 1 p.m. on FOX
Where: MetLife Stadium; FedExField
* 1st round -- Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
* 2nd round -- Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
* 3rd round -- Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
Major matchup: After Jalen Ramsey, there was some debate about who was the draft's best defensive back. New York is hoping it indeed is Apple, because he will be thrown into the fire against Washington, playing coverage against the likes of DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and fellow rookie Josh Doctson. Given his 6-foot-1 stature, Apple may have the best chance of keeping tabs on the 6-foot-2 Doctson, so get your popcorn ready for a rookie-on-rookie showdown.
Keep an eye on: Shepard is projected as a slot receiver, but don't be surprised if Josh Norman gets a crack at the shifty rookie to give him a breather from his heated interactions with Odell Beckham Jr. But don't worry, it is more likely that Redskins rookie corner Kendall Fuller will get matched up with Shepard more often than not in the slot, leaving Norman and Beckham to very much battle on the outside.
Don't forget: Teams struggled to cover Jordan Reed last year, including the Giants, who allowed him to haul in 14 passes for 194 yards in two games. New York may think it has an answer for the 6-foot-2 Reed in Thompson, who is equal in size. However, Thompson is not the best tackler, which may lead to more big plays from Reed. But Thompson's superb ball skills will make it tough for Reed to make any circus catches.
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