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“I’m a physical receiver and I’m not afraid to do the do the dirty work. I overcame a lot of adversity at Nebraska, but when I’m backed into a corner, I’ll come out fighting,” Paul said.
Paul is considered more of a threat as a kick returner than a receiver, and was ranked as the fifth best Big 12 player at his position with 1,887 career yards, second in Nebraska history.
With their two sixth-round picks, the Redskins chose running back Evan Royster from Penn State, and wide receiver Aldrick Robinson from SMU.
Royster said he had more contact with the Redskins any other team, and was hoping to be chosen by Washington.
“The system here fits me well. Coach Shanahan said I remind him of Terrell Davis,” Royster said. Royster completed his career at Penn State as the school’s all-time rushing leader.
Robinson led SMU with 1,301 yards in his senior season and was second in school history with 3,314 receiving yards.
“I bring versatility. I’m a speed guy; I’m quick,” Robinson said.
“I have good hands; I have a good all-around game. I’ll be able to contribute on special teams also. I’ll be able to do punt returns, kick returns, anything.”
The team finished off the day with four picks in the seventh round, selecting cornerback Brandyn Thompson from Boise State, outside linebacker Maurice Hurt from Florida, defensive end Markus White from Florida State, and nose tackle Chris Neild from West Virginia.
Thompson calls himself a ball hawk and playmaker.
“As a corner, the biggest thing you can do to help your team is to create turnovers and get your hands on the ball and help your team win the game,” Thompson said.
Hurt said he was just glad the wait to be drafted was finally over.
“It feels amazing. I’m just blessed to have this opportunity. I’m glad to be part of the Washington Redskins organization,” Hurt said.
White, who overcame a medical condition resulting in seizures to continue his football career, calls the opportunity to play football a “God-given blessing,” will be making a transition to linebacker with the Redskins.
“I feel like my athleticism will show a lot more at linebacker than it will at defensive end. I can show my skills better at that position, White said.
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