In this years NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins received seven draft picks that they believe can benefit the team in the upcoming season and the near future. This draft class featured four defensive players and three offensive players. Cornerback Kendall Fuller is the only player in the group that will be coming home as he is a native of the Maryland area.
Besides playing well at the college level, these players were standouts on the high school scene. Here is a look at the Redskins draft picks when they were in high school.
Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver
The Redskins selected TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson with the 22nd pick of the NFL Draft. Before having a solid college football career with the Horn Frogs, Doctson played in high school for Mansfield Legacy. During his senior season, the three-star prospect caught 40 passes for 604 yards and received first team All-District 5-5A honors. Josh committed to play for Wyoming over Tulsa and Duke. He played one year at Wyoming before transferring to TCU.
Su’a Cravens, Outside Linebacker
Washington’s second round (53rd overall) pick Su’a Cravens was a highly touted player coming out of Vista Murrieta high school. The safety was rated a five-star and ranked the No. 5 player in the country by 247sports. Before deciding to play football at USC, Cravens held offers from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State and many others. As a sophomore, he recorded 90 tackles, eight sacks, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and made the MaxPreps Sophomore All-American second team.
During his junior season, Cravens tallied 98 tackles, 11 sacks, three interceptions, six deflections, one fumble recovery and four forced fumbles. Offensively, he posted 239 receiving yards with four touchdowns and ran for 673 yards on 75 carries with 15 touchdowns. He was the Los Angeles Times All-Area Player of the Year and helped Vista Murrieta to a 14-0 record.
Cravens finished out his high school career strong. He excelled at playing safety, linebacker, running back, and wide receiver. On defense, He had 97 tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions, four deflections, two fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and three blocked punts. Su’a put up 342 receiving yards with 8 touchdowns and ran for 200 yards on 17 carries with six touchdowns. He was named USA Today All-USA Defensive Player of the Year and Gatorade California Player of the Year.
Kendall Fuller, Cornerback
Just like Su’a Cravens, former Good Counsel cornerback Kendall Fuller was a well recruited prospect. He was a five-star and ranked the No. 3 cornerback in the nation by 247sports. He had offers from Florida, Florida State, Clemson, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Alabama, and other schools before going to Virginia Tech.
Fuller was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland, U.S. Army All-American Defensive Player of the Year, selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game, and named All-Met Offensive Player of the Year by the Washington Post. Offensively, Kendall had 695 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
He recorded three interceptions, eight pass breakups, 28 tackles, and a sack on the defensive end. He was apart of a Good Counsel team that won three Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship games against rival DeMatha.
Matt Ioannidis, Defensive Tackle
Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis was the Redskins fifth round (152nd overall) pick in the draft. Ioannidis was a three-star defensive tackle that played for Hunterdon Central High School (NJ). Matt had 101 tackles, 65 solo stops and 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and a touchdown.
Nate Sudfeld, Quarterback
Sixth round pick Nate Sudfeld played high school football at Modesto Christian (CA.). Sudfeld was rated the No. 14 quarterback in the country and the No. 23 player in the nation by ESPN. The three star pro-style quarterback had offers from UCLA and Arizona before going to Indiana. Sudfeld threw for 2,332 yards, 31 touchdowns, and six interceptions in his senior year. He averaged 233.2 yard per game and set the school record for most passing yards in a single game with 384 yards.
Keith Marshall, Running Back
Redskins selected Georgia running back Keith Marshall to add depth to their backfield. When he played for Millbrook High School (NC), Marshall was one of the top running backs in the nation. The five-star running back was the No. 2 player in North Carolina, the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the country, and the No. 12 player overall. Keith had offers from Oregon, USC, Auburn, Michigan, Florida State, Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame and others.
Marshall played in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game and was named North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year. He holds the school record for rushing with 4,552. In his senior season, Keith ran for 1,539 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Steven Daniels, Inside Linebacker
Boston College and Redskins seventh round pick Steven Daniels played at Worcester Academy in 2011 before playing for St. Xavier during his senior year. In 2010, the three-star prospect tallied 34 tackles for loss, and 18 sacks. During his junior year, Daniels registered 82 stops, 14 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.
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