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Redskins Sign Cornerback Kendall Fuller


The Washington Redskins on Thursday announced the signing of third-round pick Kendall Fuller, meaning the team's entire 2016 draft class is now under contract.

The Washington Redskins' seven-man 2016 draft class is now under contract, as the team announced on Thursday the signing of third-round pick Kendall Fuller.

The Redskins also signed free agent wide receiver Jarvis Turner.

Wide receiver Josh Doctson, safety Su'a Cravens, defensive end Matt Ioannidis, quarterback Nate Sudfeld, linebacker Steven Daniels and running back Keith Marshall – the other six members of the team's draft class this year – all signed with the Redskins last month.

Fuller, 21, was selected with the No. 84-overall pick out of Virginia Tech, although most projections had the cornerback as a first-round talent before he tore his ACL early into his junior season.

Despite the injury, Fuller left school a year early before being selected by Washington. Even as a rookie, the Redskins plan to use him often.

"I think he's big enough to play corner, but we also think he's got a skillset to play nickel, which is very important," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told ESPN980 last month. "We can leave [Bashaud] Breeland outside."

Fuller added that he is "comfortable everywhere" on defense, a credit to how the coaches deployed him at Virginia Tech.

"Being at Tech, you know, Coach [Torrian] Gray and Coach [Bud] Foster trusted me to put me all over the field, play outside, play inside, play zone, play man," Fuller said. "So pretty much everywhere."

Earlier this week at OTAs, Fuller participated in unit work for the first time as he makes a full return to the field. While he's only provided a small sampling of what he'll bring to the Redskins on the field, Fuller's already impressed his veteran teammates, fellow Virginia Tech product DeAngelo Hall included.

"He is a heck of a player," Hall said. "You can tell he was coached up real good in college. It wasn't the same coach I had, so I a little nervous and didn't know what to expect. He's grasped everything so far and we're just excited about getting him healthy and getting him back out there with us."

With the 84th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected cornerback Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech. Take a look at his collegiate career in photos.

Fuller officially joins a veteran cornerbacks group headlined by Josh Norman along with Breeland and Quinton Dunbar among others.

Turner, 22, played collegiately at Alcorn State from 2012-15, appearing in 51 career games with 38 receptions for 465 yards and three touchdowns.

He also returned 31 career kickoffs for 473 yards and a touchdown.

The 6-foot-1, 194 pounder had his best season in 2013 when he hauled in 11 receptions for 214 yards while collecting 57 yards during his freshman season.

Turner was one of four tryout wide receivers that participated in the Redskins' rookie minicamp last month.

Now on the active roster, Turner joins fellow wide receivers Jamison Crowder, Reggie Diggs, Josh Doctson, Pierre Garçon, Ryan Grant, Maurice Harris, DeSean Jackson, Rashad Ross and Valdez Showers.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced on Wednesday that Diggs – another college free agent signing by Washington – had his knee scoped recently but should be ready by training camp, which starts on July 28 at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.




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