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Redskins bolster roster through draft

Fans look up at the big screen at FedEx Field to catch a glimpse of quarterback Robert Griffin III being interviewed during the Washington Redskins Draft Day party Aug. 27.—Michael “Moe” Muprhy
The Washington Redskins added seven players - including three defensive backs - during the 2013 National Football League Draft. The Redskins hosted a Draft Day party April 27, drawing more than 25,000 fans to FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The highlight of the day was an appearance by quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin, who underwent knee surgery Jan. 9 after tearing his ACL and LCL late in his rookie season, entered the stage hopping and doing jumping jacks to a frenzied crowd.

When asked about his hopping by a young fan, Griffin replied, “I’m good, you guys saw me jumping. So I’ll be good, no worries.”

The team made their first pick in the second round April 26, selecting David Armeson with the 51st pick. Armeson, a junior cornerback from N.C. State, led the nation in 2011 with 13 interceptions.

“I thought Amerson really played well,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said. “The last couple of years he’s really done a good job of getting interceptions. He’s a guy we think can play in off coverage and in bump coverage.”

In the third round, the Redskins selected tight end Jordan Reed from the University of Florida. Reed came out of high school ranked as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation but switched over to tight end at Florida.

“He was a guy that had a great ability to make people miss,” Shanahan said. “When he has the ball in his hands, he can do things with the ball that are very athletic. That is something that a lot of tight ends can’t do. We weren’t necessarily looking for a tight end, but when he was there we couldn’t pass him up.”

Washington made five selections Saturday, leading off in the fourth round with Philip Thomas, a safety from Fresno State. Thomas led the nation in interceptions last year with eight.

In the fifth round, the Redskins selected a pair of Florida State products - running back Chris Thompson and linebacker Brandon Jenkins.

The third defensive back of the draft was picked in the sixth round, Bacarri Rambo from the University of Georgia.

The final pick came in the seventh round as the Redskins selected Jawan Jamison, a running back from Rutgers.

“Well, you’ve only got so many draft choices. You take a look at the depth of your football team,” Shanahan said. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do after the draft. We’ve got a number of guys targeted, a number of guys that we had draftable that we’ll add to our football team and add depth.”

-Video footage of Robert Griffin III interview with Larry Michael, along with Moe's one-on-one interviews with Tyler Polumbus and Darrel Young.--Times-Mirror Video/William "Billy" Ector and Michael "Moe" Murphy

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