The Washington Redskins rookie mini-camp opens tomorrow so Breaking Burgundy thought about five questions to potentially ask the 2017 class of youngsters as they officially begin their NFL careers.
Jonathan Allen: Why do you think you fell so far in the NFL Draft and is it at least a saving grace that it allowed you to play for your hometown team?
Early in the mock draft season, Allen was a popular choice for the No. 2 overall pick behind Myles Garrett. A 15 spot drop off a few months later is a bit of a head scratcher and will likely cost Allen millions. If Allen was allowed and/or willing to speak candidly about the matter, I am sure the Alabama product and Ashburn, VA native would have a few choice words for the 16 NFL teams that passed over his talents.
Ryan Anderson: Coming to a team that already has a few names penciled ahead of you on the depth chart, what do you look to contribute immediately?
Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Trent Murphy (following a four-game suspension), and Junior Galette (assuming he is as close to 2015 form as possible following two Achilles tears) will probably see more playing time than Anderson this season. Coming from Alabama where he was one of the best players on the field at all times, the adjustment of not seeing as much action may be difficult. Ideally, Anderson carves himself out an impact role on special teams and puts in extra work on the side to polish his own game for Washington to reap the benefits in the future.
Fabian Moreau: What's the holdup with the contract?
It is probably nothing, but it is interesting to note that the third round pick out of UCLA is the only pick out of the team's ten selections yet to sign his rookie deal. What is probably nothing will become something should he continue to sit out of meetings during rookie mini-camp as it is a valuable time for them to get adjusted to the NFL in an otherwise condensed offseason. Moreau is coming off a pectoral injury that will keep him out of the physical portions of the mini-camp, but it is still a time where he can be sitting in on team and position meetings as well as watching tons of film.
Samaje Perine: There may be an open starting running back competition, what do you hope to show the coaching staff and improve upon throughout the summer?
Between Perine, Robert Kelley and even Matt Jones, there is no lock on who will be Washington's Week 1 running back. Players can say they will do whatever is best for the team all they want, but you can bet that they would rather be helping the team by being on the field rather than the sidelines. Perine is Oklahoma's all-time leading rusher so he certainly has the production as a ground and pound runner, but he will need to diversify his game to be a success in the NFL.
Chase Roullier: Do you feel the pressure to perform at a Hall of Fame level now that you have been selected with the Tom Brady pick (No. 199 overall)?
Kidding aside, Roullier has a decent shot to be a memorable sixth round selection. He had a nice career at Wyoming and if he had done the same at a Power 5 school, he may have been the first or second center taken in the draft instead of the fifth. Hypothetically, if Roullier proves his worthiness to start in the NFL, Spencer Long could be shifted back to left guard.
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