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: Green Bay Packers
When: Week 11: Sunday, November 20 at 8:30 pm on NBC
Where: FedEx Field
* 1st round -- Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
* 2nd round -- Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
* 3rd round -- Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State
Major matchup: Clark is yet another big man in the middle that the Redskins passed on in the first round despite expert predictions suggesting Washington wanted a defensive lineman. Tackles are not always a flashy pick, but Clark's play up front helped linebacker Myles Jack's cause at UCLA. Clark could very well become the Packers replacement for retired nose tackle B.J. Raji. If he's making plays, that could spell trouble for Washington because of its questions inside on the offensive side of the ball.
Keep an eye on: Remember when Washington could not consistently take advantage of a backup center playing left tackle in last year's wild card game? After an early safety, J.C. Tretter held his own against Preston Smith but Green Bay does not want to roll the dice again in 2016. With four offensive linemen entering the final year of their contract, the Packers added the athletic Spriggs early in the draft. If he's starting by this point, look for the edge rush trio of Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galette, and Smith to attack the raw rookie.
Don't forget: Speaking of edge rushers, the Packers hope they finally found a compliment to Clay Matthews. The 6-foot-5 Fackrell only had four sacks in 2015. That low total was due in part to the Utah State coaches taking advantage of his pass defense skills by often sending him into coverage. That ability won't spook the Redskins from throwing his way, especially if the target is tight end dynamo Jordan Reed, but having a dual threat should help Green Bay overall. Just don't think of this rookie, who could eventually take over for Julius Peppers, as some green youngster. The athletic Fackrell is 25, a fact that may have given teams reason to pass before the Packers snatched him up.
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