By Rich Tandler
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.
See the links below for the previous rookie reviews. Today, it’s safety DeJon Gomes.
Drafted in 5th round, 146 overall
On roster 16 games, played 15, started 5, played 210 snaps (20 percent)
2011: Gomes made the team out of camp and became the second safety off of the bench. He played only two snaps on defense until the Redskins Week 11 game against Dallas. He started five of the last seven games and he looked like a rookie at times and played well at time. His struggles were mostly in pass coverage as opposing quarterbacks racked up a passer rating of 151.4 when throwing in his direction. Gomes was a sure tackler, however, and played the run well.
Prospects: There could be plenty of opportunity at the safety position for the 2012 Redskins and Gomes is in prime position to take advantage of it. LaRon Landry is a free agent and due to his lingering Achilles injury and his decision to put off getting surgery to repair it there is doubt that he will be back. Oshiomogho Atogwe was injured and often ineffective after signing as hyped free agent a year ago and while he is likely to stay around (but not certain), the Redskins need to have a solid backup in place. Unless the Redskins go for a premium free agent and/or high draft pick at safety, Gomes should get a chance to build on his 2011 experience and get a shot to be a major contributor if not a starter in 2012.
Previous rookie reviews
- G Maurice Hurt
- LB Markus White
- NT Chris Neild
- CB Brandyn Thompson
- WR Aldrick Robinson
- RB Evan Royster
- WR Niles Paul