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 running back Roy Helu.
Drafted in 4th round, 108 overall
On roster 16 games, played 15, started 5, played 556 snaps (50.4 percent)
2011: Helu led the team in rushing with 640 yards rushing and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. He saw some action early in the year and set a team record with 14 pass receptions against the 49ers. However, his breakthrough game came a few weeks later in Seattle when he scored a memorable touchdown by hurdling over a Seattle player before bouncing off another tackle and scooting into the end zone. That was the first of three straight 100-yard games for Helu, a first for a Redskins rookie.
Prospects: It seems likely that Helu will open the 2012 season as the Redskins’ starting running back but the size of his workload remains to be seen. He carries 23, 23, and 27 times during that three-game stretch of 100-yard efforts and then he was inactive in the next game and played just a handful of snaps in the next on, which was the season finale. It appears that the Redskins will need to manage his workload and get
Previous rookie reviews
- G Maurice Hurt
- LB Markus White
- NT Chris Neild
- CB Brandyn Thompson
- WR Aldrick Robinson
- RB Evan Royster
- WR Niles Paul
- DeJon Gomes