Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/17/13
After giving up their first round pick this season for the rights to the second overall pick they had last season when they selected Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins showed up late to the draft.Here are the seven draft picks and 12 rookie free agents that owner Daniel Snyder and head coach Mike Shanahan selected to boost their NFC East champion team from a season ago.Draft Picks2nd Round: David Amerson, Cornerback3rd Round: Jordan Reed, Tight End4th Round: Phillip Thomas, Strong Safety5th Round: Chris Thompson, Running Back6th Round: Bacarri Rambo, Free Safety7th Round: Jawan Jamison, Running Back Rookie Free AgentsJacolby Ashworth, Offensive LineMarvin Burdette, LinebackerWill Compton, LinebackerSkye Dawson, Wide ReceiverJeremy Kimbrough, LinebackerXavier Nixon, Offensive LineEmmanuel Ogbuehi, Tight EndChip Reeves, Wide ReceiverTevita Stevens, Offensive LineJason Thompson, Wide ReceiverKyle Wilborn, Offensive LineNick Williams, Wide Receiver The Redskins were one of the most improved teams in 2012, and should be equally as good if not better in 2013 depending on the health of Robert Griffin III and how well the offensive line can protect him.After seeing their most prized possession in years go down with a devastating knee in the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, the only new protection RGIII can look forward to is Jacolby Ashworth, Xavier Nixon, and Kyle Wilborn.The smart thing Snyder did in this draft was address his need for another tight end after he saw his offense suffer when Fred Davis went down with a injury. All-Sec Gator Jordan Reed should be a perfect fit with a Redskins' offense that likes to run the pistol formation.The Redskins' only real downside in 2012 was stopping their opponent's passing game. Now maybe with linebackers Will Compton and Marvin Burdette in camp; the Redskins could possibly have a top 5 overall defense to go with their high-powered offense.
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