Surprisingly the Redskins full 2011 Draft Class remains on the team as of right now. This is an especially remarkable feat given the volume of late round draft picks from the Redskins front office a year ago. Clearly all twelve sophomores won't make the squad in 2012, but who are the guys that will miss the cut?
Aldrick Robinson, WR: A 6th round selection out of SMU in 2011, Robinson may be the most likely Redskin to get the axe in 2012. After a terrible preseason in 2011 Robinson has stiffer competition this year with the addition of Dezmon Briscoe to the fray. To make the squad Robinson will have to prove himself not only as a capable receiver but as a NFL return man.
Chris Neild, NT: Neild has kind of become a legend among the Redskins community. It may be his beard or perhaps it's his lunch pail mentality with the team. Hard work can only take you so far in this league with limited athleticism and Neild is being challenged hard by Hampton product and former Bronco Chris Baker.
Niles Paul, TE: It's yet to be seen if Paul can transition to the tight end position. He needs to catch on quickly in preseason play or the Turk could be coming his way come early September.
Markus White, OLB: White seems to be the forgotten man when linebacker discussions come up. Right now he is battling Redskins re-tread Chris Wilson as Ryan Kerrigan's primary backup and the former Seminole should have every advantage over the veteran.
Brandyn Thompson, CB: Thompson was a human elevator last year going between the 53 man roster and the practice squad. The Boise State product will need to impress in preseason and beat out the likes of Morgan Trent, Cedric Griffin, and Kevin Barnes to make the squad in 2012. This should be a wide open battle.
Maurice Hurt, G: Although seventh round choice in 2011, Mo Hurt got some valuable experience last year with all the injuries to the offensive line. The former Florida Gator may even be the Redskins starting left guard at this point with the recent setbacks of Kory Lichtensteiger. Hurt will still be pushed by rookies Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis and must perform well to solidify his spot this preseason.
Evan Royster, RB: There is still an outside shot that last year's sixth round pick could be outperformed by this year's sixth round pick Alfred Morris. This battle will be tougher and closer than expected when the preseason games heat up.