Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:39 p.m.
By Ryan OHalloran
A pick by pick look at what the Redskins did Saturday in the last four rounds of the NFL Draft:
RB Roy Halu
Comment: Rushed for 3,404 yards and 28 touchdowns in four-year Cornhuskers career and averaged an impressive 5.9 yards per carry. Reached 1,000 yards in both of his years as a starter. Doesnt do a lot in the passing game only five catches last year. Posted a 4.42-second 40-yard dash time. His 307 yards rushing against Missouri was a single-game school record. Will definitely get a chance to play because the backs who finished last year (Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams, James Davis and Andre Brown) are mostly unproven.
SCB DeJon Gomes
Bio: Started career at City College of San Francisco and started his final year-and-a-half at Nebraska. Finished second last year on the team with 99 tackles, 1 sack and seven pass break-ups. Returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown against Idaho. .. Caused five fumbles in 27 career games. Will likely be tried as a slot corner in nickel and dime situations.
WR Niles Paul
Bio: Started 29 of 46 games and ranks sixth in Huskers history with 106 catches and fifth with 1,532 yards. In his senior year, caught 39 passes for 516 yards but averaged 24.4 yards and 11.4 yards on kickoff and punt returns, respectively. Averaged a solid 14.9 yards per catch in his career. Has two run-ins with the law in his background he plead guilty to reckless driving in 2009 and minor in consumptionpublic urination.
RB Evan Royster
College: Penn State
Comment: Finished as the Nittany Lions all-time leading rusher with 3,867 yards. Averaged 5.8 yards per carry and scored 29 career touchdowns. Ran 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Rushed for at least 1,000 yards in his last three years. Attended Westfield High School in Fairfax, Va. Especially with Helu being drafted earlier Saturday, will face an uphill climb to making the Week 1 roster.
WR Aldrick Robinson
Bio: In the Mustangs pass-happy offense, caught 65 passes for 1,301 yards and 14 touchdowns, including TDs in 11 of 14 games. Finished career with 181 catches, fourth-most in SMU history. Projected to play as a slot receiver. Fought ankle and hamstring injuries as a junior but still finished with 47 catches for 800 yards. Ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.
CB Brandyn Thompson
College: Boise State
Bio: Intercepted 13 passes in career and was a three-year starter for the Broncos. Ran only a 4.53 40-yard dash. Was Defensive Player of the Game in Fiesta Bowl after 2009 season. Had a three-interception game against Hawaii as a sophomore. As a starter, had seasons of four, six and three interceptions. Undersized and is prone to jumping underneath routes and getting beat on double moves. Best chance to make roster is on special teams.
G Maurice Hurt
Comment: Started only 17 games for the Gators, but started at right tackle, right guard and left guard last year. Tested positive for marijuana at the Scouting Combine. Missed Floridas bowl win over Penn State. Started five games as a junior. Was the first offensive lineman chosen by the Redskins in this draft. Said he doesnt have a preference on which guard spot to work more at.
DE Markus White
College: Florida State
Comment: Will be converted to an outside linebacker with the Redskins. Had 64 tackles and eight sacks last year for the Seminoles. Has suffered from seizures since the seventh grade and takes medication to control it. Thats definitely not going to stop me, and thats not my concern, he said. Started college career at Rutgers before transferring to Butler (Kan.) Community College, where he was National Player of the Year during a 12-0 season.
NT Chris Neild
College: West Virginia
Bio: Selected with the second-to-last pick, Neild started 38 of his last 39 college games at nose tackle and finished career with 130 tackles (11 for lost yardage) and six sacks. As a senior, played at least 50 snaps in eight games. Was first-team all-Big East after making 35 tackles. Graduated last December. The Redskins are in dire need of a nose tackle, but expecting a seventh-round pick to make an impact is a long shot.
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