In arguably the biggest surprise from the Redskins on cutdown day, 7th round rookie Josh Harvey-Clemons made the Redskins 53-man roster. It's probably not a coincidence then that Harvey-Clemons' biggest play of the preseason came in the fourth and final game, last Thursday in Tampa.
An intriguing mix of size and speed, the rookie out of Louisville played safety in college but will be asked to play linebacker in the NFL. At 6-foot-4 and 220 lbs., Harvey-Clemons will likely need to add weight to make it on the inside of an NFL defense, but clearly coaches saw enough to keep the young player.
Harvey-Clemons had plenty of talent on the college level. A five-star recruit, he started his college career at Georgia before multiple suspensions for marijuana. He sat out the 2014 season before playing for Louisville in 2015 and 2016.
The Redskins might have gotten a late-round steal. Size, speed and a nose for the ball. In the Tampa game, Harvey-Clemons grabbed an interception and ran it back for a touchdown.
That play showed a few things: The young linebacker could pick up the position, and there was tape for other NFL teams to watch.
Few expected Harvey-Clemons to make the Redskins 53-man roster. He projects to be inactive on game days, but with more seasoning and an ability to play on special teams, this is a guy that might make plays for Washington this fall.
Jay Gruden had a great quote after the Redskins fourth and final preseason game in Tampa. The Redskins coach said that if anybody thinks that game was meaningless, watch the game tape.
Harvey-Clemons clearly did not. And now he's on an NFL roster.
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