This Sophomore Spotlight shines upon one of the Washington Redskins' most surprising rookie contributors from 2015. Many think teams sign undrafted free agents just to get their offseason roster to 90 men. While that may be true in some cases, the Redskins stumbled upon a possible diamond in the rough in cornerback Quinton Dunbar.
Before the Washington Redskins
A teammate of Matt Jones at the University of Florida, Dunbar was a starting wide receiver for the Gators but was stifled by the team's lack of quarterback talent. His most productive season, his junior year of 2013, saw him catch 40 balls for 548 yards. He scored eight touchdowns in four years. However, his 6-foot-2 frame and his speed -- he once ran a 4.29 40-yard dash -- got him a look from Washington after the draft. That's all he needed.
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Although Dunbar arrived as a wide receiver, he was moved to cornerback shortly before the regular season due to the Redskins' dwindling DB depth. It was a position he hadn't played since high school. Yet Dunbar kept the coaches intrigued with his measurables and was promoted to the active roster on September 29 after spending a few weeks on the practice squad. He appeared in 12 games (two starts) and arguably played his best ball during the team's playoff loss to Green Bay.
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There's no reason why Dunbar can't continue to make strides. With almost a full year of NFL experience under his belt, not only should he improve as a cornerback, it is wholly expected of him. Coaches could not stop raving about his development during 2015, and others are starting to appreciate Dunbar's talents as well. Pro Football Focus thinks he owns a lot of potential. Behind Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland, Dunbar should see plenty of advantageous matchups on the outside but may also be tasked to stay on an island versus lesser receivers. He has come a long way from being a UDFA, but that's in the past. All that matters now is what Dunbar's got for a follow-up act.
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