By Sky Kerstein

The Redskins first drafted Dejon Gomes, 146th overall, a safety/cornerback out of the University of Nebraska and the second Cornhusker the Skins have taken.  Gomes is from the same part of California as fourth round pick Roy Helu, Jr. and both played football at the University of Nebraska.  Gomes will play dime/nickel slot corner and some free safety for the Redskins.  He was second-team all Big 12 by the Kansas City Star last season and honorable-mention all-Big 12 by the coaches in his final two years at Nebraska.  Gomes had 93 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles last season.

The Redskins also drafted their third Nebraska Cornhusker of the day, wide receiver Niles Paul with the 155th pick.  Paul played four years at Nebraska, had 103 catches, 1,532 receiving yards and five touchdowns.  He also had one punt return for a touchdown and two kick return touchdowns including bringing one back for 100 yards.

In the Sixth round the Redskins drafted Evan Royster with pick 177 from Penn State and graduated from Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia.  Royster is Penn State’s all-time leading rusher with 3,932 yards on 686 attempts.  Royster had 29 touchdowns and was all Big Ten three years in a row.

With pick 178 the Redskins took Aldrick Robinson from SMU.  Robinson finished second in SMU history with 3,314 career receiving yards.  Robinson also had 30 touchdowns and 181 receptions.  He had 65 receptions, 1,301 yards and 14 touchdowns last season for SMU.

In the 7th round, 214th overall, the Redskins took Corner Brandyn Thompson from Boise State.  Thompson had a career 146 tackles, 12 interceptions and a forced fumble in four seasons.  Thompson played Virginia Tech last season at FedEx Field and said it was the nicest NFL stadium (he'[s played in two) that he’s played in.

The Redskins also selected University of Florida offensive lineman Maurice Hurt in the seventh round.  Hurt played on both the left and right side in college and played both tackle and guard.

For their third pick in the fourth round, 224th overall, Markus White a outside linebacker from Florida State.   White had 99 tackles, 11 sacks and 1 interception return for a touchdown in his career.

Check out what DeJon Gomes, Niles Paul, Evan Royster, Aldrick Robinson, Brandyn Thompson, Maurice Hurt and Markus White had to say during their conference calls with the DC media.

DeJon Gomes Conference Call

Niles Paul Conference Call

Evan Roster Conference Call

Aldrick Robinson Conference Call

Brandyn Thompson Conference Call

Maurice Hurt Conference Call

Markus White Conference Call

Sky Kerstein is 106.7 The FAN’s Capitals Beat Reporter and co-host of “Morning Skate” every Sunday from 9am-10am on 106.7 The FAN.  Also you can find video recaps of every Caps game and post-game interviews on  You can get in touch with Sky on Facebook or via Twitter at


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