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Rookie Matchups: Philadelphia made a concerted effort to improve defense with rookies

The Eagles three picks on the first two days were on defense, but one of them is not too interesting.

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 Jonathan Allen and nine other players selected in the 2017 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: Philadelphia Eagles

When: Week 1: Sunday, September 10 at 1 pm on FOX; Week 7: Monday, October 23 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

Where: FedEx Field

Interesting rookies:

* 1st round -- Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

* 3rd round -- Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia

* 4th round -- Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

Major matchup:  Just three spots ahead of Washington, Philadelphia took a defensive lineman that was at times linked to the Redskins in various mock drafts by national pundits. Barnett broke Reggie White's school record in sacks with 33 so he will certainly be a point of emphasis for Trent Williams and/or Morgan Moses as an edge pass rusher.

Keep an eye on: With second round pick Sidney Jones potentially missing his rookie season, or at the very least not seeing the field until November after the two teams play twice, with an Achilles injury suffered in March, Philadelphia selected another cornerback to minimize the initial blow. Douglas led the country with eight interceptions and because the Eagles do not have much competition at cornerback, Douglas will see plenty of playing time.

Don't forget: Although LeGarette Blount seems in prime position to be the Eagles workhorse, Pumphrey could be in line to be the second back in the rotation ahead of Darren Sproles and last year's fourth-round pick Wendell Smallwood. Pumphrey has great hands and could be similar to a Shane Vereen or Ty Montgomery out of the backfield. In the past, Washington inside linebackers have had trouble keeping up with versatile backs in coverage.

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