Many starting jobs will get decided in training camp, but for a number of Redskins rookies, May and June provide an opportunity to make a case for playing time and practice reps later in the summer.
Offensively, Dwayne Haskins leads the way, and the attention. Fans want to watch every snap from the 15th overall pick to see when his career as Redskins QB1 starts. Elsewhere on the offensive side of the ball, Wes Martin has a strong chance to start at left guard too.
On the defensive side of the ball, Montez Sweat actually has a chance to be the best Redskins rookie in 2019 despite being Washington's second first-round pick.
A freak athlete with a strong track record of production in the SEC at Mississippi State, Sweat looks like the instant starter at outside linebacker opposite Ryan Kerrigan. Third-year pro Ryan Anderson could and likely will push Sweat for competition, but the rookie's speed should prove the difference.
Not only does Sweat look like an immediate starter, but he also looks like he could be a contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The talent is that real.
Further down the rookie class, however, nothing looks as clear on the defensive side of the ball.
After the gruesome Reuben Foster injury last week, all of a sudden fifth-rounder Cole Holcomb becomes an important part of Greg Manusky's 2019 plan. Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton project to start, and Josh Harvey-Clemons will likely keep his nickel backer role, but after that? It's Holcomb and recently signed Jon Bostic on the depth chart. Holcomb has serious speed, that's what got him drafted, and if his instincts can catch up to his legs, maybe he could push for a significant role beyond special teams. Don't expect that early in the year, but don't count it out as the season progresses.
The Redskins made 10 draft picks, but only four of them were on defensive players. Beyond Sweat and Holcomb are a pair of seventh-rounders in Jordan Brailford and Jimmy Moreland.
Brailford has a chance of making the team, but he's not coming close to starting. Kerrigan, Sweat, and Anderson will be way ahead of him on any depth chart.
Moreland won't start, but could push for playing time quickly. Some Redskins talent evaluators believe he can quickly adapt in a slot cornerback role in the NFL, and if he shows that in camp, he could push for snaps. As of now, Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau would all be way ahead of Moreland. In addition, Greg Stroman, Danny Johnson and Adonis Alexander all have one year of experience too, but that doesn't guarantee they're ahead of Moreland after a few weeks in Richmond.
One other rookie to keep an eye on: undrafted safety JoJo McIntosh. The team has a need at the spot, and he was a highly capable player at the University of Washington.
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