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: Chicago Bears
When: Week 16: Saturday, December 24 at 1 pm on FOX
Where: Soldier Field
* 1st round -- Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
* 2nd round -- Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
* 3rd round -- Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida
Major matchup: Washington can thank the Bears for trading ahead of the Giants early in the NFL draft to keep Floyd out of the division, but that does not mean they will go without seeing the SEC phenom in 2016. Vic Fangio will learn to use Floyd similarly to Aldon Smith because of his beyond belief release from the line of scrimmage and ability to bend, a top trait NFL coaches are looking for. If Floyd is able to put in work in the weight room over the summer to complement his speed, Trent Williams and the Redskins will have to watch out as the Georgia product has a knack for messing up a team's game plan.
Keep an eye on: Short arms will turn the former left tackle in the Big 12 into an interior lineman at the next level. That is perfectly fine for a Bears offensive line that needs all the help they can get in both the run game and in protecting Jay Cutler. Joe Barry will hope to confuse the rookie with different stunts to make Whitehair think about who his assignment is. Look for an exciting matchup with Chris Baker as two rams clash horns.
Don't forget: You hear the word "steal" a lot when talking about non-first round draft picks, but Bullard is a good value as a third round pick. Under the 300-pound threshold, Bullard makes up for his lack of space eating frame with quickness to get up and down the line of scrimmage. A hybrid defensive end and tackle, Bullard is going to have a lot of success curling around others on pass rushes. By this point in the season, Bullard will have the quickened pace under his belt and more time to bulk up making him a huge issue offensive coordinator Sean McVay will have to plan around. Washington may have been able to hang 69 points in their last two meetings against Chicago but there defense took a big step forward with the addition of Floyd and Bullard.
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