With training camps and the preseason now underway, members of the RedskinsGab staff will be running a series of questions and debates about several topics pertaining to the Redskins and the 2013 season.
Our first question: Which 2013 Redskins Rookie Intrigues You Most?
Patrick Rice: The rookie that most intrigues me is Brandon Jenkins.
The Florida State product was drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. One of the main reasons he slid down draft boards was a potential career-threatening injury. Jenkins suffered a Lisfranc injury (foot) in the home opener of his senior season, hindering his chances to entrench himself as a dominant player in the ACC.
So why am I more excited about Jenkins then the rest of the rookies? Simple. After posting 13.5 sacks as a Sophomore and adding eight more as a junior, one could make the argument that Jenkins is a first round talent. After a down year defensively, the ability to get after the quarterback is paramount for Washington.
Jenkins represents the entire Redskins draft: high risk, high reward. While the injury cost the rookie to slide down draft boards, it also allowed the ‘Skins to snag a first round talent in the fifth round.
With some seasoning behind Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo, Brandon Jenkins could become the steal of the draft for the Burgundy and Gold.
Rajan Nanavati: I know he didn’t exactly get off to a blazing start on Thursday, and his broken ankles — courtesy of Chris Johnson — may still be littered somewhere on the field in Nashville, but i’m very intrigued by Safety Bacarri Rambo.
Moving past the obvious — that he easily had the best name in the draft, this side of Barkevious Mingo — Rambo fell into the Redskins lap in the 6th round despite being ranked as a 2nd or 3rd round prospect on many teams boards.
Did he have a few minor “hiccups” while at the University of Georgia? Yes. But he’s not even in the same galaxy, as far as being a “bad apple” like many other talented draft prospects whose stocks plummeted on draft day. In the days leading up to and just after the draft, the Georgia alumni all swore by this guy, singing his praises and talking about how the Redskins got a hell of a kid.
In terms of on the field, the more videos I watched and articles I read about Rambo, the more I come to one conclusion: this guy will give you everything he’s got, in terms of effort. He reminds me a little bit of Bob Sanders, an undersized but big-time safety with the Colts a few years back. Like Sanders, Rambo plays so hard and with so much heart that it’s borderline reckless. And the beauty of it was that he was laying out guys and making plays in the SEC, versus the best teams and best players the college game has to offer. That physical style of play is infectious, and certainly welcomed on a Jim Haslett defense. That’s probably why he is running with the first team defense, opposite of Reed Doughty and ahead of fellow rookie Phillip Thomas (taken two rounds before Rambo).
Simply put: I’m beyond excited to see what Bacarri Rambo can bring to our secondary, for years to come.