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Player Profile: Offensive Tackle Tom Compton

144025028_mediumThe Washington Redskins put together another solid draft entering year three under Mike Shanahan. We finally got our quarterback of the future in Robert Griffin III, but almost as importantly, we grabbed three solid linemen who all should add immediate depth with the potential to develop into solid players down the road.

The really interesting guy for me in the 2012 draft is Tom Compton. I'm curious to see how he adjusts to the speed of the NFL. The kid had a very nice combine running a 5.1 40, having a 30" vert, and did well in his agility drills, with a 4.60 short shuttle, and a 7.59 3-cone drill. He also played well in the East-West Shrine game, and was a beast in college at little known South Dakota.

Just to compare agility, the best tackle in the draft (Kalil) ran a 4.99 40, had a 27" vert, and ran a 6.65 shuttle, and a 7.33 3-cone drill. Kalil is said to be one of the most agile offensive tackles that has come out in a while.

Reiff, the second best offensive tackle in the draft, had a 5.23 40, a 26" vert, ran a 4.75 shuttle, and a 7.87 3-cone drill.

Comptons agility numbers were actually better overall than Gettis(who was one of the most athletic linemen at the combine). Gettis had a 5.0 40, a 31" vert, ran a 4.65 shuttle, and a 7.99 3-cone. He is two inches shorter, and 20 pounds lighter than Compton.

Over the last two days we discussed draft position, size and speed, and the college that linemen played at. Knowing these things, and how they play out in our division, do you think Compton can make an impact on this team within two years, or is he destined to be a back-up? I know this question will be hard to answer before even seeing him play a down in the NFL, so let's open it up for discussion based on some of the criteria we have looked at in my last two posts.

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