After trading their second fifth-round pick, the Washington Redskins strapped in for a busy sixth round, selecting Virginia Tech strong safety Kyshoen Jarrett, Arkansas cornerback Tevin Mitchel and Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer.
Safety ranked among Washington’s areas of need with little proven depth behind projected starters Jeron Johnson and Dashon Goldson. The team also needed to add young, developmental talent at cornerback. And in Spencer, the Redskins get a receiver with good size at 6 feet 1, 208 pounds and who plays with physicality.
Jarrett, a 5-11, 200-pound senior, established himself as a physical tackler, who excelled, particularly against the run. He displayed decent range in downfield coverage, but does have room for improvement there. It’s believed that Jarrett could have the ability to cover slot receivers as well.
Jarrett also was a standout special teams player for the Hokies, and he said he plans on carving out a role for himself in that phase of the game with the Redskins. Jarrett recorded 88 tackles and three interceptions as a senior.
Mitchel, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior, recorded 20 tackles and two interceptions last season. He missed the first two games with injury then played in 11 games, starting five. He has experience playing both on the outside, and inside against slot receivers. As a junior, Mitchel started 10 games, recording 47 tackles and an interception.
Mitchel’s father, Eric Mitchel, was a sixth-round pick of the New England Patriots out of Oklahoma in 1989.
Spencer was a member of a crowded receiving unit for the Buckeyes and in 2014 recorded 15 catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns. One of Spencer’s biggest plays of the season was the 13-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas that he threw in the Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama.
Spencer distinguished himself as a physical receiver and effective run blocker. Describing his game, Spencer said, “I think I’m one of the toughest receivers out there.”
Spencer also has good speed. He clocked a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the combine.
His brother, Cole Spencer, is an area scout for the Redskins, and his father is an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and also is the third-leading rusher in Ohio State history.
Washington has one pick in the seventh round (222nd overall).
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