The Redskins have signed five undrafted free agents, including three wide receivers, according to NFL records. They are expected to attend the club’s three-day rookie camp beginning Friday, as are Washington’s seven draft picks and some tryout players.
There are now 78 members of the Redskins’ active roster. Leaving room for seven unsigned draft picks means five empty roster spots exist entering rookie camp.
Here’s a closer look at the five UDFAs:
ILB Marvin Burdette, Alabama-Birmingham
H/W: 5-9, 232
His 13.08 tackles per game led the NCAA, according to the school’s website. The four-year starter was named second-team All-Conference USA. In this pre-draft interview with New Era Scouting, he compared himself to diminutive Redskins ILB London Fletcher:
“My mom says I am more of a London Fletcher guy,” Burdette told the website. “I like the Fletcher comparison. Fletcher came in and earned everything he ever got in the NFL. He started from the bottom on up. He had to overcome some of the same adversity as I did. His height is similar to mine. People said he couldn’t do it and he did. I feel like he opened up windows to people such as myself. I have followed his career very close. I feel like I have been overlooked like him. He has had the same struggles as myself to get to where I want to be.”
WR Chip Reeves, Troy
H/W: 5-10, 176
Had six touchdowns 1,050 yards on 65 catches last season. He redshirted in 2011 because of academic problems. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at his pro day, according to nfldraftscout.com.
C Tevita Stevens, Utah
H/W 6-1, 307
Three-year starter was named honorable mention All-Pac 12. He will turn 26 on July 4. He’s a two-time member of the All-Academic Pac-12 first team.
WR Jason Thompson, New Haven
H/W: 6-3, 190
Had 16 touchdowns and 881 yards on 44 catches last season. He was received honorable mention on the D2Football.com All-American team. He ran the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.5 range at his pro day, according to nfldraftscout.com.
WR Nick Williams, UConn
H/W: 5-9, 184
Connecticut’s kickoff returner averaged 20.4 yards on 26 returns as a senior last season. However, he was named first team All-Big East in 2010 for averaging 35.3 yards on 17 attempts. He was not a full-time starter at receiver and did not score a touchdown on any of his 30 receptions. He ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds at his pro day, according to nfldraftscout.com.