Redskins sign fifth-round pick Chris Thompson

Fifth-round draft pick Chris Thompson, right, looks at a play sheet during rookie minicamp at Redskins Park on May 5. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins announced Wednesday afternoon that they have signed fifth-round pick Chris Thompson to his rookie contract.

A 5-foot-7, 192-pound running back out of Florida State, Thompson was selected with the 154th overall pick of the draft. The Redskins did not release terms of the contract, but the worth of the deal is similar to the four-year, $2.3 million contract that last year’s 154th overall pick – Seattle linebacker Kory Toomer – signed.

Thompson appeared in 38 games during his career at Florida State, starting eight of them. He carried the ball 277 times for 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns. Thompson suffered a broken vertebra in his back in 2011, and had his 2012 season cut short by a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he believes that had Thompson been fully healthy both seasons, he could have been a first- or second-round pick.

Washington on Monday signed sixth-round pick Bacarri Rambo, a safety out of Georgia, and their other fifth-round pick Brandon Jenkins, a linebacker out Florida State. Four more draft picks remain unsigned.

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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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