Rookie matchups: Ravens have the edge over Redskins in hometown rooting interests

Rooting interests in Maryland are diverse between Baltimore and Landover, but the Ravens are going to have an extra boost thanks to one rookie from Annapolis.

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 other players 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: Baltimore Ravens

When: Week 5: Sunday, October 9 at 1 p.m. on FOX

Where: M&T Bank Stadium

Interesting rookies:

* 1st round -- Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

* 4th round -- Willie Henry, DT, Michigan

* 6th round -- Keenan Reynolds, RB, Navy

Major matchup: Baltimore decided to make the safe choice when it drafted Stanley instead of selecting arguably the best player in the draft, Laremy Tunsil. Regardless, Stanley will have his heads full with the trio of Junior GaletteRyan Kerrigan and Preston Smith depending on which side of the line he begins his career. The Redskins are hoping for a vastly improved pass rush in 2016 and it all starts with executing against this kind of inexperienced player.

Keep an eye on: When the Redskins traded their fourth-round pick to New Orleans, they bypassed a chance to draft Henry or any of the three other defensive tackles who came off the board before Matt Ioannidis was called in Round 5. Henry played everywhere along Michigan's defensive line but will primarily be a 1-gap penetrator for Baltimore. This should create a nice game-inside-the-game matchup between fellow young linemen, assuming Henry takes on guards Brandon Scherff or Spencer Long.

Don't forget: Reynolds is the the hometown hero quite literally and will be an exciting watch as a versatile offensive weapon. Who knows -- maybe we will see a couple of double passes on which Washington defensive backs need to stay disciplined. More likely, we will see Reynolds as a change-of-pace runner out of the backfield or a slot receiver on third down. Whatever Ravens offensive guru Marc Trestman has lined up for Reynolds, the Redskins can ill-afford to lose sight of him because of his game-breaking speed. It could be a fun rookie-on-rookie matchup with second-rounder Su'a Cravens.

Check out our other rookie previews here:

Week 1 versus the Steelers

Weeks 2 and 12 versus the Cowboys

Weeks 3 and 17 versus the Giants

Week 4 versus the Browns

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