On Wednesday, 2013 fifth round pick draft pick Chris Thompson officially became a member of the Washington Redskins when he signed his first NFL contract.
Welcome to the big leagues.
Thompson was one of two Florida State University players that the Redskins selected in the fifth round as his college teammate, Brandon Jenkins, was picked just eight spots after the running back.
While the twosome have already made Burgundy and Gold history by becoming the first ever FSU teammates to be selected in the same draft class, they have a chance to be the best FSU prospects to ever come to the Nation’s Capital.
Just by stepping on the field.
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The 2013 Redskins draft class along with several college free agents that are expected to be announced once all contracts are signed, will start arriving to Redskins Park today for their first taste of professional football. Two of the newest Burgundy and Golders had this to say about their treks to the Nation’s Capital:
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Going into the 2013 NFL Draft, draft “experts” tabbed the Redskins to be heavily invested into acquiring secondary depth/talent.
While the “experts” nailed their predictions that the 2012 NFC East champions would bolster their defensive back depth, few predicted the Redskins would add two running backs and a tight end.
This is a team led by head coach Mike Shanahan and assistant coach/running backs coach Bobby Turner.
Together, these men have become the NFL’s running back whisperers. Run for a Shanahan-coached team and you’re almost guaranteed a 1,000 yard season at some point.
It will also be interesting to see how tight end Jordan Reed‘s speed and athleticism will be used in the read-option attack, as he could be lined up opposite of Fred Davis, set up out wide, or even in the backfield as an H-back
Or maybe even as a quarterback:
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Tallahassee, Florida is the capital of the Sunshine State, the center of agricultural work in the panhandle, and now can also claim to have produced two Redskins draft picks in the same round.
While it isn’t a rarity for college teammates to find themselves making the journey together from their college dorm rooms to an NFL locker room (think DeJon Gomes, Roy Helu Jr., and Niles Paul from Nebraska for example), the Burgundy and Gold had never taken FSU teammates together in a single draft let alone in the same round.
As the two prepare to make the almost 900 mile trek from Florida’s capital to the Nation’s Capital, one man who calls both areas home extended a welcoming hand to the newest Washington Redskins:
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As I wrote earlier today, the Redskins had an extra fifth round draft pick in this year’s from a 2011 trade and used it on Florida State linebacker Brandon Jenkins.
Jenkins was the second Florida State player selected by the Burgundy and Gold in the fifth round. Just eight picks earlier, the Redskins took FSU running back Chris Thompson.
Jenkins was a preseason All-American and All-ACC candidate in 2012 before suffering a season-ending foot injury. If the former Seminole plays up to his top pick potential before being sidelined, the Redskins just got another late round steal–a Mike Shanahan specialty.
Here’s a little video to get you jacked up for Jenkins arrival in the Nation’s Capital.
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Chris Thompson, the Redskins Fifth Round Pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, joined the media on a conference call following his selection.
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In the fifth round (154th overall), the Washington Redskins selected running back Chris Thompson out of Florida State.
Over the course of his collegiate career at Florida State, Thompson displayed quickness and versatility. Despite suffering a few injury setbacks, he offers a great runner/receiver combination out of the backfield.
Thompson was considered as one of the top all-purpose players in the country coming out of High School and if he can stay healthy, the Redskins may have just found a great dual threat to compliment Rookie of the Year candidate, Alfred Morris.
In eight games as a senior in 2012, Thompson rushed the ball 91 times for 687 yards (7.5 average) and 5 touchdowns.
Let’s take a deeper look at the former Florida State Seminole who will now take the field with the Washington Redskins.
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