Unlike previous draft, Redskins get defensive

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“I was initially panicking [because the first diagnosis was that I would miss five or six months] and I wouldn’t be able to compete at the combine,” Barnes said. “But I… got the second opinion, and he told me two or three months. I’ve always been a fast healer.”

Barnes was the sixth Terps player taken by the Redskins since the combined draft began in 1967. He follows tackle Ralph Sonntag (ninth round, 1970), receiver Roland Merritt (seventh, 1970), running back Rick Badanjek (seventh, 1986), tight end Frank Wycheck (sixth, 1993) and defensive tackle Del Cowsette (seventh, 2000).

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David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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