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.
Previously we looked at nose tackle Chris Neild; today it’s outside linebacker Markus White.
Markus White, OLB
Drafted in 7th round, 224 overall
Active two games, played in both
2011: White made the transition from 4-3 defensive end at Florida State to 3-4 NFL linebacker well enough to earn a spot on the roster coming out of training camp. He was impressive in preseason games, showing his great athletic ability and a nose for the football. Playing in a position of depth for the Redskins, he was only active for two games and didn’t participate in a single play on defense.
Prospects: White managed the position change without an offseason program and he should benefit greatly from going through a round of team workouts, OTA’s and a minicamp. Still, as noted, he plays a position where the Redskins are both strong and young. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, the starters at outside linebacker, aren’t going anywhere for a few years. White also is behind veteran Rob Jackson and special teams star Lorenzo Alexander on the depth chart. And there is the possibility that the Redskins will bring in more competition in the draft. It would seem that the upside potential for White’s 2012 season and beyond is to make the team and get an opportunity to play on special teams and on a few defensive packages.