Washington Redskins: Top 10 Prospects
Brian Orakpo (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Brian Orakpo (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst
Posted May 14, 2010
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Scout.com's Chris Steuber continues the top 10 prospects series and concludes the NFC East by profiling the Washington Redskins. In this series, an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year in the NFL or under 25 years of age. Find out who the Redskins top 10 prospects are entering the 2010 season.

Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
LB
6-3
260
2
23

The first Washington Redskins rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl since running back Tony Green accomplished that feat in 1978, Brian Orakpo had an outstanding 2009 season where he started all 16 games and recorded 50 tackles and 11 sacks. For his efforts, Orakpo finished second in the Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing. With the Redskins converting to a 3-4 defense this season, it will allow Orakpo to have even more opportunities to harass the quarterback and increase his sack total from '09.

Drafted by Washington in the 1st Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
OT
6-5
315
R
21

The Redskins entered the 2010 draft knowing that they had to find an offensive tackle who could replace the recently retired Chris Samuels. The selection of Trent Williams provides the Redskins with an athletic, versatile tackle, who can secure the left side of the line for the next 8 - 12 years. Williams' ascension this offseason took off with his performance at the Scouting Combine where he was the most impressive lineman in Indianapolis. He has tremendous upside and could emerge as one of the best tackles in the NFL within two years.

Drafted by Washington in the 1st Round (2010).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
6-2
215
3
23

Since being the first wide receiver taken in the 2008 draft, Devin Thomas has progressed slowly in the NFL. But this past season, he showcased the ability that the Redskins witnessed while he was at Michigan State. After a disappointing rookie season, Thomas flashed his promise in '09, as he played in 14 games, starting 10, and hauled in 25 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. There are high expectations for Thomas this season, and with Donovan McNabb as the new signal caller in Washington, it's likely that he will record a 60 - 70 catch season for close to 1,000 yards.

Drafted by Washington in the 2nd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
TE
6-4
257
3
24

A second round pick of the Redskins in 2008, Davis didn't see much action as a rookie with Chris Cooley comfortably in place as the starting tight end. But, in the NFL anything can happen, and during a Week 7 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles last season, Cooley sustained a broken ankle, which elevated Davis into the starting lineup. Davis played in all 16 games last year, making 10 starts, and became a big play threat, as he caught 48 passes for 509 yards and six touchdowns. New Head Coach Mike Shanahan uses a lot of two tight end sets on offense and will utilize Davis and Cooley this season, which could create matchup problems for the opposition.

Drafted by Washington in the 2nd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
WR
6-4
227
3
23

Just like Thomas, Malcolm Kelly had a disappointing rookie campaign after being a second round pick in 2008. He struggled with injuries during his first year and only appeared in five games. Kelly was back to full health last season, and it showed, as he played in all 16 games, making 10 starts and amassing 25 receptions for 347 yards. The Redskins have an intriguing threesome at wide receiver with Kelly, Thomas and Santana Moss; a trio that can compete very well with the rest of the NFC East, which has a strong wide receiver field.

Drafted by Washington in the 2nd Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
SS
6-1
211
3
25

A 2008 seventh round draft pick, Chris Horton went from obscurity to the starting lineup as a rookie. He played in 14 games, starting 10, and recorded 76 tackles, a sack and three interceptions. He was the perfect complement to LaRon Landry. But, in 2009, Horton suffered a season-ending toe injury that limited him to just five starts in eight games, and he only contributed 37 tackles. Horton will have to compete with Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore this preseason for the starting strong safety job, a job that he's beat Doughty out for previously.

Drafted by Washington in the 7th Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
S
5-11
218
3
25

Kareem Moore has developed into a quality all around player who has made an impact on defense and special teams. A former sixth round pick, Moore has only started two games in his career, but when he's been in the lineup, he's made the most of his opportunities. During mini-camp this offseason, Moore ran with the first team defense at strong safety along side of LaRon Landry. There's no question that the Redskins are intrigued with Moore and it will be interesting to see if he can win a starting job.

Drafted by Washington in the 6th Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
CB
6-1
188
2
23

A tough, physical corner with playmaking ability, Kevin Barnes played in just four games last year for the Redskins, after being drafted in the third round. Barnes has the size and speed you want out of a frontline corner, but finds himself behind starters DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers, and reserves Phillip Buchanon and Justin Tryon on the depth chart. Barnes has the talent to beat out Buchanon and Tryon this preseason and become the Redskins nickel corner. He's a player to keep an eye on.

Drafted by Washington in the 3rd Round (2009).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
QB
6-3
206
3
26

After a record breaking career at the University of Hawaii, Colt Brennan spent the entire 2008 season holding a clipboard behind starter Jason Campbell and backup Todd Collins. And last year, during the preseason, he suffered a labrum tear in his hip, which required season-ending surgery. A former sixth round pick of the Redskins, Brennan has the potential to become a starting quarterback in the NFL. But, injuries have stalled his progress, and the right opportunity hasn't presented itself. Moving forward, the most important obstacle for Brennan is to stay healthy, because if he does, there's a good chance that he will beat out veteran Rex Grossman for the backup quarterback job behind McNabb.

Drafted by Washington in the 6th Round (2008).
Pos
Ht
Wt
Exp
Age
OG
6-5
311
3
25

The Redskins third round pick in 2008, Chad Rinehart, spent most of his rookie campaign as an inactive, but was positioned to be a key reserve in 2009. Due to injuries, Rinehart was forced into the starting lineup and played well in the four starts that he made. But just like others on the offensive line, Rinehart also succumbed to the injury bug. He suffered a fractured fibula against the Dallas Cowboys during Week 11. Entering his third season with the Redskins, Rinehart will compete for a starting job, but is likely to begin the year as a backup.

Drafted by Washington in the 3rd Round (2008).


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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.



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