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Washington Redskins
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

  Inside Slant | Notes, Quotes | Strategy and Personnel | Player Wire

  A closer look at the Redskins' 10 picks:

Round 1/5 Brandon Scherff, T, 6-5, 320, Iowa

USC defensive end Leonard Williams, considered by some to be the draft's best player, was there for the taking, but after adding defensive linemen Ricky Jean Francois, Terrance Knighton and Stephen Paea in free agency, the Redskins opted to address the other side of the line. Washington believes that Scherff, who's penciled in at right tackle, will help them return to the glory days of the famed Hogs, who helped power them to four NFC titles and three Super Bowls from 1982-91.

Round 2/38 Preston Smith, LB, 6-5, 271, Mississippi State

As a senior defensive end, Smith recorded a tackle for a loss in 12 of the Bulldogs' 13 games and became the only player in SEC history to be named the conference's top defensive lineman three straight weeks. Smith led Mississippi State with 15 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hurries and nine sacks while adding two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. He'll begin his Redskins career at outside linebacker.

Round 3/112 Matt Jones, RB, 6-2, 231, Florida

In 28 career games at Florida, Jones carried 297 times for 1,431 yards (4.8-yard average) and 11 touchdowns. He posted three games with more than 150 yards. After his junior year ended after five games with a torn meniscus, Jones returned to start 10 of 11 games as a senior. Washington sees the sturdy Jones as a powerful, downhill runner who could replace Alfred Morris if the Pro Bowl back doesn't return after his contract expires next winter.

Round 4/104 Jamison Crowder, WR, 5-8, 185, Duke

A first-team All-ACC receiver the past two seasons, Crowder was second in the conference with 85 catches while also returning two punts for touchdowns as a senior. Crowder led the ACC with 108 catches while producing 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013 while returning two punts for touchdowns. The Redskins have top receivers in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but third receiver Andre Roberts had a disappointing 2014 season. Roberts was also underwhelming on special teams with averages of 7.4 yards on punt returns and 23.7 yards on kickoff returns.

Round 4/112 Arie Kouandjio, G, 6-5, 310, Alabama

Started the past two seasons for the powerhouse Crimson Tide after undergoing multiple knee surgeries early in his college career. Kouandjio's older brother, Cyrus, is a tackle for Buffalo. Veteran Redskins guards Shawn Lauvao and Chris Chester struggled in 2014. Backups Josh LeRibeus and Spencer Long have very little experience.

Round 5/141 Martrell Spaight, LB, 6-0, 236, Arkansas

The All-SEC weak-side linebacker led the Razorbacks with 128 tackles last season and will probably move inside for the Redskins. A two-time junior college All-America at Coffeyville (Kansas) CC.

Round 6/181 Kyshoen Jarrett, S, 5-10, 200, Virginia Tech

A versatile three-year starter who loves playing special teams, Jarrett was the Hokies' top punt return man in 2012 and 2013. With their mother working full-time, Jarrett and his brothers helped care for their brother Daishawn, a legally blind triplegic with cerebral palsy who struggles cognitively and uses a wheelchair.

Round 6/182 Tevin Mitchel, CB, 6-0, 190, Arkansas

Started at least seven games during each of his four seasons. Father Eric was a wishbone quarterback at Oklahoma and was chosen in the sixth round by New England in 1989. A teammate of Spaight the past two seasons. Tries to play like Cleveland Pro Bowl corner Joe Haden.

Round 6/187 Evan Spencer, WR, 6-2, 208, Ohio State

Son of Tampa Bay running backs coach Tim Spencer and brother of Redskins scout Cole Spencer. Only caught 15 passes for the Buckeyes' talent-laden national champions in 2014 after catching 22 in 2013 but threw a touchdown pass in the Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.

Round 7/222 Austin Reiter, C, 6-3, 296, South Florida

Reiter started 36 straight games for the Bulls and was a candidate the past two seasons for the Rimington Award given to the nation's top center. Best shot as a rookie might be the practice squad.

PERSONNEL TRACKER

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

S Brandon Meriweather (not tendered as UFA).

WR Santana Moss (not tendered as UFA).

NT Chris Neild (not tendered as UFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

RB Chris Thompson is just 5-foot-7 and he has been injury-prone, but he's very quick. Head coach Jay Gruden liked Thompson enough to keep the Mike Shanahan draft pick over one of his own, Lache Seastrunk, last summer. With Roy Helu Jr. gone, Thompson could be Washington's third-down back.

DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED

T Brandon Scherff (1/5); $21.251M guaranteed/4 yrs, $13.689M SB.

LB Preston Smith (2/38): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

RB Matt Jones (3/95): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

WR Jamison Crowder (4/105): $2.825M/4 yrs, $545,624 SB.

G Arie Kouandjio (4/112): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

LB Martrell Spaight (5/141): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

S Kyshoen Jarrett (6/181); 4 yrs, terms unknown.

CB Tevin Mitchel (6/182); 4 yrs, terms unknown.

WR Evan Spencer (6/187): $2.407M/4 yrs, $127,084 SB.

C Austin Reiter (7/222): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

K Kai Forbath: RFA tendered at $1.542M with no compensation; $1.542M/1 yr.

S Duke Ihenacho: Potential ERFA; $680,000/1 yr.

QB Colt McCoy: UFA; $1.5M/1 yr, $150,000 SB.

T Niles Paul: Potential UFA; $6M/3 yrs, $1M SB/$2.25M guaranteed.

S Trenton Robinson: ERFA; terms unknown.

CB Justin Rogers: Not tendered as RFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

CB Chris Culliver: UFA 49ers; $32M/4 yrs, $5M SB/$16M guaranteed.

S Dashon Goldson (trade Buccaneers).

RB Michael Hill: FA Colts; terms unknown.

DE Ricky Jean Francois: FA Colts; $9M/3 yrs, $4M guaranteed.

S Jeron Johnson: UFA Seahawks; $3.5M/2 yrs.

DT Terrance Knighton: UFA Broncos; $4M/1 yr, $2M SB/$2.95M guaranteed.

T Xavier Nixon (waivers Colts).

DT Stephen Paea: UFA Bears; $21M/4 yrs, $5M SB/$7.85M guaranteed.

PLAYERS LOST

CB E.J. Biggers: UFA Eagles; $745,000/1 yr.

DE Stephen Bowen (released).

S Ryan Clark (UFA/retired).

NT Barry Cofield (released/failed physical).

WR Leonard Hankerson: UFA Falcons; $1M/1 yr, $255,000 SB.

RB Roy Helu: UFA Raiders; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

DE Jarvis Jenkins: UFA Bears; 1 yr, terms unknown.

OLB Brian Orakpo: UFA Titans; $31M/4 yrs, $5 SB/$13.5M guaranteed.

T Tyler Polumbus: Not tendered as UFA/Falcons; 1 yr, terms unknown.


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