The Redskins double-dipped in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and got themselves a pair of Florida State prospects.
The team needed a speedy change-of-pace complement in the backfield, and they may have just gotten one inFlorida State's Chris Thompson. The pick comes as a bit of a surprise with similar home-run threats on the board including Oregon's Kenjon Barner and Clemson's Andre Ellington.
Thompson was off to a promising start to the 2012 season before a torn ACL ended his year in October. Prior to that, Thompson logged 681 yards while averaging 7.5 yards per carry, a pace which would have made him the Seminoles first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn in 1997. He was also heavily involved in the receiving game, as showcased by his eight-catch, 79-yard performance versus Clemson. He could be a nice checkdown option for Robert Griffin III as a speedy guy who can quickly leave yards behind him.
Thompson's injury forced him to sit out the combine and only took part in his pro day at a limited basis. Thompson participated in the vertical jump and posted a height of 35 inches. Prior to his injury, Thompson posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 according to nfldraftscout.com. He's a shorter, shiftier change of pace back, but plays bigger and more physical than his sub-190 pound frame suggests he should.
The Redskins second pick of the fifth round, Brandon Jenkins, is also not unfamiliar with season-ending injuries. Jenkins suffered a lisfranc injury his senior season's season opener, which sidelined him for the rest of the year.
Prior to that, Jenkins began generating buzz as a first-round prospect after logging 21.5 sacks between his sophomore and junior seasons. But since then, his injury and poor results at his combine and pro day saw his draft stock plummet while teammates Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine rose up boards.
But despite falling off the radar, there is plenty of potential here. If Jenkins is healthy, he could push Rob Jackson for snaps as a situational pass rusher in sub packages behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. He's a natural pass-rusher that could eventually thrive in an every down role at full health, but he'll be eased into the defense gradually as far as 2013 is concerned.
And with the guys ahead of Jenkins and Thompson on the depth chart, the Redskins have the flexibility to ease formerly injured, high-ceiling prospects into the system. In the fifth round, there's not a lot more you can ask for.