The Redskins added a tight end in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft - Jeremy Sprinkle from Arkansas. He's most famous for an unfortunate incident, but could be a good player.
Here's three things to know about Sprinkle:
- Depth pushes down - At 6-foot-6 and 256 lbs., Sprinkle has ideal size for an NFL tight end. He's also one of the better blocking tight ends coming out this year. Those two traits, along with good hands, would normally make the Razorback a third or fourth round pick. The 2017 Draft, however, is loaded at the tight end position. That means good news for the Redskins getting Sprinkle in the 5th round.
- So bizarre it's kinda funny - The knock on Sprinkle, and what might have cost him a round in the draft, is a bizarre incident from his 2016 bowl game. Arkansas played in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte. One of the perks from that game is a $450 gift card to Belk. Unfortunately for Sprinkle, he decided that wasn't enough free Belk gear, and decided to steal more from the store. He was arrested for shoplifting and suspended from the bowl game. It's an unfortunate incident, but considering the other legal situations some teams are working through in the NFL Draft, it's relatively harmless. Sprinkle owns his mistake now and seems ready to move on with his life, and now, his NFL career.
- How does he fit - The Redskins are loaded at tight end. Jordan Reed is arguably the best at the position in football and veteran Vernon Davis is mmuch more than a backup. The good news for Sprinkle though is Reed does not excel in run blocking, so Sprinkle could emerge in short yardage situations. As long as he will work on special teams and throw his big body around, the 'Skins will find playing time for their 5th round pick. This could be trouble for Niles Paul, a veteran slated to make $2.2 million this fall. Washington is unlikely to carry four tight ends on the roster, and Reed and Davis are virtual locks for the final 53.
Want more Redskins? Check out @JPFinlayCSN for live updates or click here for the #RedskinsTalk Podcast on iTunes, here for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!