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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Redskins’ last six picks have work cut out for them

Here is a look at the prospects for the Redskins’ six later-round draft picks. Earlier Monday we posted on the first six rookies selected in the April draft.

RB Evan Royster (Sixth round)

Why he could struggle: Royster racked up the yards at Penn State, but he lacks breakaway speed and elusiveness, which helps in the zone scheme.

Why he could succeed: Royster is a good blocker and was good at reading defenses at Penn State. That field vision helped him both as a runner and pass protector. That versatility could help him see the field.

WR Aldrick Robinson (Sixth round)

Why he could struggle: Robinson got only a small taste of the Redskins’ offense while attending the final three-day minicamp, and still has a lot of learning to do. At 5-10, he will be one of many undersized receivers on the roster.

Why he could succeed: Despite his lack of size, Robinson has strong hands and appears to be a good route runner. He was SMU’s go-to receiver, notching 65 catches for 1,301 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

CB Brandyn Thompson (Seventh round)

Why he could struggle: The Redskins certainly could use additional nickel backs, especially if Kevin Barnes takes over the starting corner spot opposite DeAngelo Hall. But Thompson is only 5-9 and doesn’t possess great speed.

Why he could succeed: Thompson excelled on special teams at Boise State. That could be his ticket early on.

G Maurice Hurt (Seventh round)

Why he could struggle: Hurt looked rather fleshy at the player-led minicamps, and needs to get stronger. He also will be learning some new techniques and responsibilities in the zone scheme.

Why he could succeed: Hurt is eager to learn, and offers versatility. He split time at both right and left guard at Florida, and although it would be surprising to see him start, guard isn’t a position of great strength for Washington.

OLB Markus White (Seventh round)

Why he could struggle: The Florida State product played defensive end all of his college career and will be asked to switch to linebacker, which isn’t always the easiest transition. White needs work on his tackling fundamentals and use of his hands.

Why he could succeed: White has good strength and does well against the run. He possesses good athleticism as well. Special teams probably will be the ticket for him, but he already is behind Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and Lorenzo Alexander, as well as Chris Wilson and Rob Jackson (both solid special teams players).

NT Chris Neild (Seventh round)

Why he could struggle: The West Virginia product probably needs to get bigger. He weighs just 319 pounds (a little on the light side for a 3-4 nose tackle). He doesn’t have the greatest athleticism and is described as a project player.

Why he could succeed: Neild played almost the exact same role in the Mountaineers’ defense, so he has less of a transition to make than a college DT learning to play nose. Neild has a high football IQ, and is selfless, which also is key at his position.

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