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Rich Campbell was a staff writer for The Washington Times.

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North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson walks on the sideline in the fourth quarter of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 38-24. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NFL draft: Redskins opt for athleticism in drafting CB David Amerson, TE Jordan Reed

The Redskins drafted NC State cornerback David Amerson in the second round of the draft Friday night, 51st overall, and Florida pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed in the third, 85th overall. The selections demonstrated coach Mike Shanahan’s affinity for athletes with exceptional physical measureables. Published April 27, 2013

Mississippi State defensive back Darius Slay (9) loses his balance as he runs back a fourth quarter interception for 15-yards against Arkansas in an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Mississippi State won 45-14. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

NFL draft: Secondary help is Redskins' first priority

Washington tried twice in free agency to sign a top cornerback but could not complete a deal with Aqib Talib, who re-signed with New England, or Antoine Winfield, who chose Seattle after visiting Redskins Park. On Friday, though, the Redskins can handpick their man. Published April 25, 2013

Mississippi State defensive back Johnthan Banks runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NFL draft: Redskins' potential secondary targets on Day 2

Washington is scheduled to pick Friday in the second and third rounds (51st and 85th overall). The club's greatest needs are in the defensive secondary. We take a look at some players who could fill those needs Friday, according to top draft analysts. Published April 25, 2013

**FILE** Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan addresses reporters during an NFL football news conference at Redskins Park, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Ashburn, Va. By winning their seventh straight game, the Redskins rolled to their first division title in 13 years with a 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

NFL draft: Redskins likely will watch from afar on opening night

They'll also savor the reason they don't have a selection Thursday. Last year's trade of three first-round picks, including those in 2013 and 2014, to position the franchise to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III filled a need to which everything else seems secondary. Published April 24, 2013

Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

For borderline NFL draft prospects, sometimes not hearing name called is best

Undrafted rookies' disappointment can be offset by a significant consolation prize. They have some say in which team they join. With the help of a sharp agent, they can navigate the frenzied post-draft signing period to find the best possible opportunity to eventually make a team's 53-man roster — and earn the accompanying six-figure contract. Published April 22, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) pats Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) on the head in the huddle in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins' preseason schedule features two home games

The Redskins will host a nationally televised preseason game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 19 even though quarterback Robert Griffin III is not expected to play until the regular season because of his recovery from knee surgery. Published April 4, 2013

Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) and Rex Grossman, the starter for most of the 2011 season, share a moment during the first organized team activity. Griffin was the Heisman Trophy winner last year at Baylor. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Pat White deal, Rex Grossman return solidify Redskins' QB depth

White, the 44th-overall draft pick in 2009, has been out of football since he suffered a severe concussion against on Jan. 3, 2010 while playing for Miami. The Redskins have given him an opportunity to restart his career after a hiatus to pursue professional baseball. Published April 3, 2013

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Redskins interested in QB White

The Redskins and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White are interested in agreeing to a contract, according to a CBS Sports report. Published April 2, 2013

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim cuts down the net following their 55-39 win over Marquette in the East Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Syracuse rides defense past Marquette, to Final Four

The Orange's lockdown zone defense carried them to their first Final Four since 2003 and the fifth in their history. Syracuse will play the South region winner, either Michigan or Florida, in a national semifinal next Saturday in Atlanta. Published March 30, 2013

Marquette forward Davante Gardner (54) reaccts after sinking a free throw in the final moments of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Butler, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. Marquette won 74-72. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Marquette's success has a distinct Virginia flavor

Davante Gardner and Jamal Ferguson are Tidewater natives who have relocated 750 miles northeast to help one of college basketball's top programs. They are proof that Marquette, a Jesuit school of 12,000 students in downtown Milwaukee, has made some recruiting inroads in the southeastern corner of the Commonwealth – not exactly a logical geographic match. Published March 29, 2013

Marquette guard Vander Blue, right, drives around Miami forward Erik Swoope during the first half of an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Jim Larranaga's D.C. luck runs out as Marquette knocks off Miami

Jim Larranaga's second year at Miami ended about as sourly as possible. The Hurricanes' 16 first-half points were a season low. They made only 5 of 26 first-half attempts. Marquette contested some with its man-to-man defense, but Miami did manage to create some open looks. Usually the result was the same. Published March 28, 2013

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) runs past Washington Redskins free safety Madieu Williams (41) and a diving cornerback Josh Wilson (26) on his way to a 77-yard game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., Oct. 21, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

Redskins' pass defense an offseason work in progress

Coach Mike Shanahan is hoping for improvement despite the club's inability to sign an elite free agent cornerback or draft a safety in the first round. That requires an improved pass rush and some young players to raise their level of play. Published March 20, 2013

**FILE** Washington Redskins football General Manager Bruce Allen speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Bruce Allen, Redskins eager to move forward with plan

Continuity and building through the draft continue to be guiding principles. They have shaped their vision from the day Allen took over in Dec. 2009 and coach Mike Shanahan joined him weeks later. Published March 19, 2013

NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell takes questions during a news conference at the Arizona Biltmore, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Roger Goodell won't give on Redskins' salary cap penalty

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen last week defiantly called the $36 million penalty a "travesty of fairness." Goodell on Monday said he had no reaction to Allen's characterization of the penalty. Published March 18, 2013

**FILE** Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, left, and Owner Daniel Snyder watch the Redskins warm-up prior to their NFL football game with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Redskins defeated the Vikings 38-26. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Redskins' cap penalty could be dark cloud over NFL annual meetings

Now that the sanction has handcuffed the Redskins through the first week of free agency this year, there figure to be some cold stares, awkward exchanges and general tension this week at the NFL annual meetings here at the posh Arizona Biltmore resort. Published March 17, 2013