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Need to Know: Five Redskins draft picks with opportunities in 2014

Jan 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 7, Day 9 of the Redskins’ search for a new head coach.

Nickel coverage

With 21 free agents on the roster and a new coach coming in, there is plenty of opportunity on the 2014 Redskins team. The ideal solution here would be to have a player drafted by the team 2-3 years ago step up and claim a starting job. Here are five 2011-2012 draft picks who will have a chance to step into the lineup:

1. CB Richard Crawford (Round 7-2012)—Virtually the entire Redskins secondary will be free to walk this offseason. Crawford seems to be doing well in rehabbing his injured knee. If he is healthy he should be an asset as a punt returner. He was starting to come around as a nickel corner during the Redskins’ playoff run in 2011.

2. DE Jarvis Jenkins (2-2011)—Yes, he was the starter for a while but he wasn’t by the time the season ended. This year he didn’t progress and perhaps regressed in some ways. If you invest a second rounder in a defensive lineman you expect to have a starter for 6-8 years. Jenkins has some work to do.

3. Keenan Robinson (4-2012)—If the injury bug can stay away from him he could work his way in as a starter at inside linebacker. He’s fast and athletic but one torn pectoral muscle cut short his 2012 season and another cost him all of last year.

4. Aldrick Robinson (6-2011)—They say you can’t teach speed and Robinson has plenty of that. But it appears that the Redskins coaching staff has been unable to teach him what you’re supposed to be able to teach. Perhaps a new staff can get him up to speed (so to speak) on the finer points of the game.

5. Tom Compton (6-2012)—Of the three O-linemen the Redskins drafted in 2012, Compton could have the best chance of breaking through to become a starter. He could play in a zone scheme or add some weight and play in a power blocking scheme. If either Compton, Josh LeRibeus (3rd round), or Adam Gettis (5th) can’t develop into a starter the 2012 draft will be a disappointment despite bringing Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris to town.

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Timeline

—On this date in 2004, Joe Gibbs agreed to coach the Redskins for a second time.

—It’s been nine days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 243 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency 64; Offseason workouts start 90; 2014 NFL Draft 121

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  1. Joseph Mandell - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Any update on P. Thomas?

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      No. The way the year ended, we didn’t get our usual end of season update from the coach on such things. Once a coach is found we’ll try to get more info.

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