Where the Redskins' 2013 draft class stands

June, 23, 2014
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Taking a look at the Redskins' 2013 draft class and where they stand entering training camp:

CB David Amerson (second round): Will start opposite DeAngelo Hall and earned his spot with improved play down the stretch. He’s added six pounds of muscle to help with his jams and his ability to play run support. The latter is a big key now that he’s a starter. He did not have to do it all the time last season as the third corner; when he entered, teams were usually in a passing situation.

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Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY SportsTight end Jordan Reed caught 45 passes in nine games as a rookie.
TE Jordan Reed (third round): Another who will start, but he has to show he can stay healthy. It was a knock in college and continues to be a question. If Reed is healthy, though, he will be a major part of the passing game. He has to become more consistent as a blocker and perfect his routes a little more. The Redskins would love to use him more as a downfield threat as well. That’s where he was going when he was hurt last season.

SS Phillip Thomas (fourth round): He missed all of last season with a Lisfranc injury but participated throughout the spring workouts. He’s definitely behind Brandon Meriweather at strong safety. Thomas has a lot he must show this summer: his tackling ability, coverage and that he hasn’t lost a step from his injury. He was praised at times in practice for his communication skills. I loved what I heard about Thomas’ approach to film study, etc., coming out of college. But he has a lot to prove.

RB Chris Thompson (fifth round): Redskins coach Jay Gruden liked Thompson coming out of college when he was Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator. But Gruden, like the Redskins, needs to see that Thompson can stay healthy. Thompson is a year further removed from knee surgery and looked faster this spring than he did last summer in camp. He flashed in the return game last summer, but struggled there during the season. The Redskins want to run spread formations and draws and Thompson’s shiftiness would be a good fit, if he can stay healthy. He’s not a lock to make the roster, not after the Redskins drafted Lache Seastrunk this spring to do many of the same things.

LB Brandon Jenkins (fifth round): Outside linebackers coach Brian Baker called Jenkins perhaps his most improved player this spring. But he still has to show more this summer. Jenkins was chastised at times for repeating the same mistakes, never a good thing. But he finished strong. Jenkins and Rob Jackson might be vying for one roster spot. If both make it, then the Redskins would go with only four inside linebackers. Jenkins must be a bigger part of special teams, a weakness of his last season. He still projects as a situational pass rusher, though he worked on dropping into coverage this spring.

FS Bacarri Rambo (sixth round): He went from Game 1 starter to bubble guy this summer. Rambo can make the final roster, but he has to improve on his rookie showing. You can’t assume improvement just because he’s older, as the issues he struggled with were evident at season’s end just as much as in the beginning. In fairness to him, the Redskins created a situation in which they needed him to start. He was not ready. Still, his issues were a carryover from college. If Rambo improves his tackling and shows he can help on special teams, then he can win a spot. Backup safeties who don’t help on special teams usually end up unemployed. But if he shows better here, then he can try and work his way back into the lineup. It’s not out of the question; it will take work.

RB Jawan Jamison (seventh round): The Redskins released him after the season. He remains unsigned. It's not surprising; he left college early then reported to camp out of shape and showed nothing last summer.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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