The Redskins added depth to their secondary in the fourth round of the draft, taking safety Troy Apke out of Penn State.
Apke is 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. His calling cards are speed and athleticism. After the Redskins drafted him, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called him “an athletic freak” who was underrated by many analysts.
He ran an impressive 4.34 in the 40 at the combine. Apke plays the run better than the pass at this point in his career, obviously something that he will have to fix as he transitions into the NFL.
He was a backup for much of the year at Penn State. But when the Redskins called him to draft him, they mentioned his speed so that apparently was a big selling point for the organization.
On a conference call, Apke said that he expected to play a lot of special teams as he learns the defensive backfield in the NFL. His speed certainly will be an asset for the Redskins kicking units, a group that struggled in 2017.
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