Height: 6'0" Weight: 193 lbs
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: Undrafted Free Agent
Meet the newest addition to the Washington Redskins defensive backfield Deshazor Everett. Here are five things to know about him:
#1. Deshazor Duntee' Everett hails from Deridder, Louisiana and played his high school football at Deridder High School. He was a two-time All-Louisiana selection and as a senior, Everett posted 130 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 QB pressures, 3 sacks and an interception on defense. On offense, he recorded 618 rushing yards and 7 TDs on 72 carries (8.6 yards per carry).
The three star recruit in 2011 recruiting class received scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi, Missouri and SMU. He chose to play his college football at Texas A&M. Rivals.com ranked him the No. 52 safety and the No. 32 player in Louisiana.
#2. As a freshman (2011), he played in all 12 games. He recorded 10 tackles and had a season high three tackles against Texas. The next year, he played 12 of 13 games due to injury vs Louisiana Tech. Despite missing the one game, he had a great season. He recorded 56 tackles (31 solo), three tackles for loss, two interceptions (one touchdown), and nine passes defensed. One highlight play he made was the interception vs Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron at the goal line to stop a late Tide rally in the Aggies’ 29-24 win.
His junior year (2013), he played in 13 games and recorded 73 tackles (36 solo), two tackles for loss, two interceptions (two touchdowns), nine passes defensed and one fumble recovery. In his final season as an Aggie (2014), he started all 13 games at cornerback and recorded 79 tackles (51 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, one interception and eight passes defensed.
#3. Deshazor Everett was snubbed by the NFL Combine but spoke with Sporting News' Ron Clements about his NFL potential:
"I definitely like being in run support and making tackles and causing turnovers. I never shied away from contact. I always grew up tackling. Where I played high school, teams ran the ball. I never had to cover anybody. I was always tackling people. It wasn't until I got to college that I really learned how to cover. I want to go hit somebody. My best attribute is definitely tackling, but I can be over-aggressive sometimes. Understanding the situation and in certain routes, I don't need to drop and have help. When I have help, I just need to hold up my end."
#4. How Everett got to the Redskins was his release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers July 29th. The Redskins signed him to a contract August 1st.
#5. He should be a welcome addition to cornerback group that just lost Bashaud Breeland for four to six weeks due to a sprained MCL he suffered in practice.
Bottom Line: Deshazor Everett is a guy who made some mistakes in college but improved as a football player and a person. I look forward to finding out whether he makes the 53-man roster.