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Redskins turn to defense in the seventh round

After spending six of their first seven draft picks on offensive players, the Washington Redskins closed out the draft by taking a pair of defensive backs in the seventh round Saturday.

The team took SMU cornerback Richard Crawford with the 213th overall pick, and selected Iowa safety Jordan Bernstine with the 217th pick of the draft.

The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Crawford earned first-team All-Conference USA honors after recording 42 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a senior at SMU.

He became the second SMU player drafted by the Redskins this year, and the third in the last two years. The Redskins added guard Josh LeRibeus in the third round of this year’s draft, and last season took receiver Aldrick Robinson in the seventh round.

Crawford said he expected the Redskins to take him late in the draft. He had several conversations with representatives of the team and a visit to Redskins Park leading up to the draft.

Bernstine started 11 of 12 games as a senior for Iowa, recording 89 tackles and one sack.

The 5-10, 205-pound Bernstine ranked seventh in the Big Ten in kickoff returns, averaging 23.8 yards per return. Crawford is the second Iowa player taken by the Redskins in this year’s draft, after guard Adam Gettis.

Bernstine joins a unit that includes veterans Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes and offseason signees Brandon Meriweather, Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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