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Redskins Introduce Top Three Draft Picks At FedExField


*The Redskins introduced their first three draft picks -- Josh Doctson, Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller -- to fans during the team's Draft Day party on Saturday at FedExField.  *

It hasn't taken long – just under 48 hours – for wide receiver Josh Doctson to feel like he's a member of the Washington Redskins.

The 6-foot-2, 202 pounder from TCU, whom the Redskins selected with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, received a tour of Redskins Park on Friday and then spoke with his new teammate DeSean Jackson, who welcomed him to the team over the phone.

On Saturday, Doctson, joined by linebacker Su'a Cravens and cornerback Kendall Fuller, second and third round picks, respectively, arrived at FedExField for the first time to be introduced to Redskins fans eagerly waiting their arrival at the team's Draft Day Party.

They sat next to each other in the team's interview room to hold up their new jerseys and take questions in front of the media and their families before heading to the stage to meet their newest fans, pressed up against the fences, holding out jerseys and hats to sign.

"I was blessed to have my family with me, supporting me, not knowing if I was going in the first or on Day 2 or whatever day," Doctson said. "You know, I'm so motivated. I worked hard to get here. I'm appreciative of the coaches, the owner, the GM. They saw a lot in me, saw a lot of potential, and you know, I'm just going to keep my head down and keep working."

The other parts of Saturday's trio felt a similar network of support and familiarity from the Redskins.

Cravens, the 6-foot-1, 226 pound USC product, stood on stage and admitted he has a tattoo of No. 21 to honor Sean Taylor, which earned some serious roars of applause from the crowd. He was also previously recruited in high school by defensive coordinator Joe Barry, a former coach for the Trojans before joining the NFL, which helped ease Cravens' surprise when the Redskins dialed his number.

"I love Coach Joe," Cravens said. "I didn't think the Redskins were going to call my phone. They hadn't spoken to me since the Combine, and then when I answered my phone and Joe was the one telling me, 'You ready to be a Redskin?' It was like my heart kind of dropped – I was like, 'Really? Why haven't you guys been  coming and calling me and letting me know?' But like I said, I've just been enjoying the process and I'm real happy to be here."

Fuller, the Virginia Tech product, meanwhile, already has experience with the DMV area, attending high school at Our Lady Of Good Counsel in Olney, Md., and often playing in the shadow of FedExField at the Prince George's complex when he'd visit DeMatha High School for games.

"I'm definitely excited to be with this team," Fuller said. "Being around the area for so long, it's definitely a blessing."

Check out these photos of the Washington Redskins Draft Day Party on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at FedExField in Landover, Md.

After spending his first three draft picks last year on big, physical, hard-nosed players – Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith and Matt Jones – the difference in collective weight this year sitting at the podium Saturday might seem like a deviation from general manager Scot McCloughan's brand of drafting.

But McCloughan also made a promise before the draft last week.

"I'll take the lesser height/weight/speed guy for the more consistent football player," he said, "that you know exactly character-wise, toughness, competitiveness that they bring to the Redskins."

The three introduced on Saturday, sitting in their new white and gray Redskins polo T-shirts, hadn't lacked any of those traits in their college careers.

Doctson, who acknowledged his family's support during his times of adversity, recalled transferring after his freshman year from Wyoming to TCU, where he worked his way up from walk-on to scholarship to starting lineup, putting together back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons to finish his career there.

"It was a long journey for myself, a humbling journey, and fighting for a scholarship not knowing if I'd get that scholarship," he said. "And then getting a scholarship and trying to get on the field somehow.. we're at the bottom of the totem pole now and starting over. So I'm looking forward to it."

Cravens had a similar sophomore struggle when coaches converted him from safety to linebacker. A rotating door of coaches and mentors, let alone trying to understand the nuances of his new position, gave him a strong will to succeed and shaped him into a multi-dimensional kind of player.

"I think that really prepared me for the future," Cravens said. "So I'm grateful that I went through all that because now I can handle such situations."

Fuller, who might be the best of his three older NFL-experienced brothers, only played three games this last year with the Hokies after injuring his knee.  

"It kind of humbled me," he said. "It taught me how to respect the game a lot more, [don't] take each day for granted or each practice for granted or each game."

As these types of introductions typically go, each player seemed to get antsy near the end of the press conference. After waiting for months to get drafted, they just want to play football as soon as they possibly can.

"I'm elated. I can't wait to get on the field," Cravens said. "I was just beating myself up because I just found out I'm not allowed to practice until the 13th, I guess. So, that's kind of bothering me a little bit so they're going to have to find a way to keep me out of the facilities 'cause I'm going to find my way in there."




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