The Redskins' 2016 Draft class has a lot of variety. There's a player who went to college in California and another who attended school in Georgia. There's a corner who weighs 187 pounds, and a defensive lineman who checks in at 299. All in all, the seven newest members of the Burgundy and Gold have their differences, but since officially joining the team, they've come together to share one key similarity.
They all seem quite thrilled to be a part of the franchise.
Now, skeptics may say that a rookie expressing joy over being selected by an NFL team is about as surprising as Jordan Reed beating a linebacker in one-on-one coverage, and that's a fair point. But the tweets Washington's first-year guys have sent out in the past couple of days go beyond the general, "Thanks for the opportunity" messages that are as much a part of the draft as booing Roger Goodell or the phrase "high motor."
Take Su'a Cravens, for instance. This dude sounds like he's practically prepared to cross the line into breaking-and-entering territory already. Someone in the organization needs to get this man a key:
Redskins got a good one !— Su’a Kristopher Cravens (@iammsuzy) April 30, 2016
I'm so damn hyped to be a Redskin man I wish I was allowed to be in the facilities! Coaches gone have to lock me out! 13th needs to get here— Su’a Kristopher Cravens (@iammsuzy) May 1, 2016
The passion and love I saw in the fans eyes today at FedEx Field was unreal. They welcomed me with open arms. Couldn't ask for a better day— Su’a Kristopher Cravens (@iammsuzy) May 1, 2016
Far from home, but it don't feel that way!— Su’a Kristopher Cravens (@iammsuzy) May 2, 2016
Then there's Kendall Fuller, who just started his Twitter page on April 25. So far, four out of eight posts that he's put up himself are Redskins-related. That 50 percent clip is a ratio that definitely demonstrates more than your run-of-the-mill excitement. Check these out:
https://twitter.com/K_Full11/status/726251234189955073 https://twitter.com/K_Full11/status/726531620409208832 https://twitter.com/K_Full11/status/726533661164589056 https://twitter.com/K_Full11/status/726609307454693376
Matt Ioannidis feels the same way:
Really proud to be joining the Redskins and I appreciate all the support from the fans #HTTR— Matt Ioannidis (@MattIoannidis) May 1, 2016
As does Nate Sudfeld, who's anxious to put on his first NFL uniform:
So grateful! Can't wait to be a part of the Redskins organization! Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to where I am! #HTTR— Nate Sudfeld (@NateSudfeld) April 30, 2016
Then there are the two seventh-rounders, Steven Daniels and Keith Marshall, both of whom expressed gratitude for the chance they've been presented:
It feels so good to be apart of such a Great organization honestly. My visit was grade A the people in the organization were grade A WIN WIN— Steven Daniels (@StevenD513) May 1, 2016
Thank you to everyone that reached out and showed support this weekend. I am truly grateful! #HTTR— Keith Marshall (@Truthh4) May 2, 2016
The Redskins are on the rise, a group that is improving both in record and reputation. This next crop of talent will look to contribute to that growth. If the above set of tweets is any indication, they'll be an energetic bunch — on the field, and on the Internet. In the meantime, as their debuts are still a long ways off, can somebody seriously let Cravens into the facility? Let the kid go to work.