During the course of the year, 11 of the Redskins’ 12 draft picks from 2011 were on the active roster. Here we take a look at each of them, how much they played, what they accomplished and what their future prospects are.
We start with the Redskins’ last draft pick, Chris Neild.
Chris Neild, NT
Drafted in 7th round, 253 overall
Played in 16 games, snaps 163 of 1056 (15.4%)
10 tackles, 2 sacks
2012: The fact that Neild made the roster to begin with was a mild surprise; the conventional wisdom was that he would spend a year on the practice squad before being ready to play. That thinking went out the window when he got 1.5 sacks of Eli Manning in the season opener. He only managed another half sack the rest of the year but sacks are not supposed to be the specialty of a nose tackle anyway. Neild did was he was supposed to do, hold down the fort while Barry Cofield got a rest.
Future prospects: The Redskins would be perfectly happy if Neild could continue to be Cofield’s relief for the next few years. At some point he might want to start but for right now Neild, who was one pick away from being Mr. Irrelevant, will be happy to take some snaps and play some special teams.