After going offense with their first three picks, the Redskins added an athletic presence to their 3-4 defense.After trading down in the fourth round, the Redskins drafted Texas outside linebacker Keenan Robinson with the 119th overall pick.Last season as a senior, Robinson tallied 85 tackles with one sack for the Longhorns, Alma mater of Redskins' top pass rusher Brian Orakpo. Overall Robinson started 39 games at Texas. Though he primarily played on the outside in college, early indications suggest Robinson could see time as an inside linebacker in Washington.At this year's NFL combine, the 6-3 18, 242-pounder ran a 4.79-forty and finished with 27 bench press reps at 225 pounds.The Redskins acquired the pick from the Steelers aftertrading the109th selection for Pittsburgh's fourth (119) and sixth-round picks.Pro Football Weekly ranked Robinson ninth among the incoming OLB class, emphasizing his agility and strong lateral movement plus "outstanding range and coverage instincts." Overall PFW describes the Plano, Texas native as a "finesse, run-around, lateral-playing, run-and-chase weak-side linebacker with standout coverage skills to contribute readily in nickel packages. Has eventual starter potential. Scouts have compared him to Giants WLB Michael Boley."
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.
Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman.
Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed.
The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events.
"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."
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Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.
UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.
For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.
Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well.
There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.
Expect many questions about the fine to come.