by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins began the process of signing their nine draft choices to NFL contracts on the first day of rookie minicamp.

The team announced the signings of seventh round draft picks Richard Crawford, a cornerback from SMU (213th overall), and Jordan Bernstine, a safety from Iowa (217th overall).

In addition, the Redskins also waived undrafted free agent running back Michael Shaw from Michigan.

Grant Paulsen offered background on Crawford and Bernstine in his draft recap last weekend.

Crawford will try to win a roster spot behind veterans DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and Cedric Griffin at cornerback. The 5-foot-11, 189-pound defender is the third Mustang the Redskins have drafted in two seasons and the sixth Conference USA player selected by a Shanahan-led team.

“I knew the Redskins were really interested in me,” Crawford said. “It’s not really surprising that they picked me up because I kind of had a feeling they would in the seventh round or free agency.”

Bernstine, a safety who made 89 tackles in his final season in the Big-10, stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 205 pounds. In addition to excelling as a run-stuffing strong safety during his final season at Iowa, Bernstine ranked seventh in the Big Ten in kickoff returns (23.8 yards per return) and 10th in tackles per game (7.4) in 2011.

Follow @FNNChuck, @granthpaulsen and @1067TheFanDC on Twitter for breaking Redskins news.


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