- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 28, 2018

We might as well start calling them the Washington Crimsonskins.

The Redskins drafted linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday, and get this — Hamilton went to Alabama.

Washington has now drafted four players from Alabama in the last two years. They took Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne in the first round. In 2017, they drafted Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson.

Hamilton, a 6-foot, 228-pound linebacker, suffered two serious knee injuries in college. During his junior year, he tore his right ACL. The following season, he fractured his right knee cap.

“My knee is doing really good,” Hamilton said. “I’m cleared to do all football activities. I’m just continuing to rehab and things like that. I’m about 85-90 percent right now, so I’m going to be full speed by the time of training camp.”

Hamilton was the Redskins’ sixth selection in the draft. He was taken with the 197th overall pick.

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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