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Rookie Recap: How The Washington Redskins' 2017 Draft Class Performed

nicholson-anderson-allen-perine-roullier-660-350.jpg's Stephen Czarda takes a look back at how the Washington Redskins' 10-man 2017 draft class performed last season.

One month from today, the NFL's calendar will flip to a new year, meaning the rookies that were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft will officially become veteran players.

Take a look at photos of the Redskins' 2017 Draft Class.

Last year, the Redskins were heralded for their 10-man draft class, which, of course, started with the selection of Ashburn, Va., native Jonathan Allen.

Long considered one of the top prospects his class, Allen slipped to the No. 17 pick after a run of quarterbacks went off the board early. That left Washington with the opportunity to select the unanimous All-American midway through the first round.

Before turning the page on their debut seasons, let's look back at the first year for all 10 rookies starting with Allen:

First Round, No. 17 Overall: Jonathan Allen, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
From the get-go, Jonathan Allen looked more like a veteran than someone who was just beginning what he hopes is a long career in the NFL.

During training camp, six-time Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams said it was "pretty eye opening" some of the things Allen was showcasing on the practice field.

"He's really explosive off the rock," Williams said at the time. "He learns quick. A couple moves that I would do and it would take a few times to catch on, with him it only works once and you've got to switch it up. He's extremely strong so you have to be very mindful of playing with a good base when playing against him. He knows not to get past quarterback depth, which a lot of young guys make that mistake. You run them by pretty easy. I was just impressed when he gets to the depth of the pocket he turns his rush back into you."

Those traits carried over to the regular season, as Allen helped a revamped defensive line have early success. However, a Lisfranc injury suffered in Week 6 in a victory over the San Francisco 49ers ended his season early.

Now, it's about getting him healthy so he can hit the ground running this spring for offseason workouts.

"He's the total package," said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. "He can play the run, he's strong, he's physical, he's a great kid, he works extremely hard, there's really not a negative when I look at Jonathan Allen. I wish he wasn't injured, maybe, that's it. But overall I think he's a great prospect. He's going to be a heck of a Redskin for a very long time."

Second Round, No. 49 Overall: Ryan Anderson, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
After the Redskins selected Allen in the first round, they double-dipped on Alabama talent in the second round by picking Anderson.

It was the fifth time in franchise history that Washington selected a pair of teammates out of Alabama, and the first time since 1962.

Anderson spent most of his rookie season behind veterans Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan and Junior Galette in the outside linebacker rotation.

On 193 defensive plays, Anderson recorded 15 tackles. However, he missed the final two games of the season with a knee injury.

"I think overall, just learning the game and the grind of a 16-week season has been good for him," Gruden said. "I just talked to him today and I really expect guys from year one to year two to make the significant jump. Get their feet wet year one, understand what it's all about, what the season's like, what they need to do with their body in the offseason to get ready for the second year. So, I think it's been a good experience for him."

Third Round, No. 81 Overall: Fabian Moreau, Cornerback, UCLAConsidered by some draft pundits to possess the qualities of a first-round pick, Moreau slid to the third round after suffering a torn pectoral during his pro day.

Moreau missed all of offseason workouts and a majority of training camp before returning in time for the regular season.

With Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland taking a majority of the reps on the outside, Moreau mostly appeared on special teams.

Even without many game reps as a rookie, there is a belief that Moreau can take a big step in his second season.

"I think he's, again, one of these players you love to keep in here and develop and he's got a special skill set," Gruden said. "I think next year in the offseason and training camp is going to be a great test for him, but I think he's got the chance to be a true lockdown corner for us."

Fourth Round, No. 114 Overall: Samaje Perine, Running Back, Oklahoma

Beginning the season as the backup to Rob Kelley, Perine eventually supplanted him in the starting lineup as the veteran was hampered by various injuries before being placed on Injured Reserve in November.

The Oklahoma product recorded just 66 carries for 210 yards (3.2 yards per carry) with no rushing touchdowns through Washington's first nine games. But in Weeks 11 and 12, Perine recorded back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, becoming the first Redskins player to do so since the 2013 season.

In total, Perine finished the season with team highs in rushing attempts (175) and rushing yards (603).

Now the Redskins must determine if Perine returns to a rotational role or has what it takes to move forward as the lead back in 2018.

Fourth Round, No. 123 Overall: Monate Nicholson, Safety, Michigan State
Like Moreau, Nicholson missed offseason workouts as he recovered from surgery to fix a torn labrum he suffered during his junior season at Michigan State before returning in time for the regular season.

While Nicholson appeared on just three defensive snaps in the regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, he would start six of his next seven outings.

In Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders, Nicholson joined David Amerson, Champ Bailey, Tom Carter, Su'a Cravens, Sean Taylor and Barry Wilburn as the only members of the Redskins since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to record an interception prior to turning 22 years old, according to records provided by Pro Football Reference.

He was progressing well throughout the season before also being placed on Injured Reserve. In total, he recorded 24 tackles with two passes defensed and one interception in eight games.

Fifth Round, No. 154 Overall: Jeremy Sprinkle, Tight End, Arkansas
With an eye towards the future, the Redskins selected Sprinkle with the likes of Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Niles Paul and Derek Carrier already on the roster.

In September, the Redskins traded Carrier to the Rams, opening up the door for Sprinkle to be the team's No. 4 tight end. While he was inactive for five of Washington's first seven games, the 6-foot-5, 252 pounder would eventually catch two passes for 13 yards.

Against the New Orleans Saints in Week 11, Sprinkle's first career reception for seven yards went for a touchdown.

Sprinkle could see an increase in reps in 2018, especially if pending unrestricted free agent Niles Paul does not return to Washington.

Sixth Round, No. 199 Overall: Chase Roullier, Center, WyomingWith the first of two picks in the sixth round, the Redskins selected their lone offensive lineman in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early, it was expected that Roullier would serve as the primary backup interior offensive lineman behind the likes of Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long and Brandon Scherff.

But with all three missing time at points throughout the year (Lauvao and Long would eventually land on Injured Reserve), Roullier was thrust into extensive action at both center and guard.

In total, the 24-year-old appeared in 13 games with seven starts. He also totaled 457 offensive snaps, fifth most among Redskins offensive linemen, despite a hand injury that required surgery where a plated was inserted.

"Whenever there's a surgery, you kind of have to continually rehab that for weeks," Roullier said. "I've been doing that since I got the surgery and I'm going to have to continue doing that to make sure it's ready to go. It's getting better every week and by the season next year, hopefully I won't have any sort of feeling of my hand needing rehab at that point."

Sixth Round, No. 209 Overall: Robert Davis, Wide Receiver, Georgia StateComing off a career in which he was Georgia State's most productive receiver in school history, Davis flashed the potential to a be a well-rounded player during training camp. Gruden even remarked that his blocking abilities could be a difference maker.

Davis, though, spent a majority of his rookie season before making his regular season debut against the Denver Broncos. He suffered a concussion in that contest and missed the next week's game against the New York Giants.

"He's a big, strong, physical kid you love to have in your building," Gruden said. "But I like his progression. He's worked extremely hard. He runs every route like it's his last route on scout team and he's been producing big time when he's asked to do it."

Seventh Round, No. 230 Overall: Josh Harvey-Clemons, Safety, Louisville
After spending his collegiate career as a safety, Harvey-Clemons made the switch to the dime linebacker role that NFL teams are utilizing more frequently these days.

In 10 games, Harvey-Clemons recorded 16 tackles along with one pass defensed. In Washington's final three games of the season – all of which Zach Brown was inactive in – the Louisville product recorded a combined 10 tackles.   

Seventh Round, No. 235 Overall: Joshua Holsey, Defensive Back, Auburn
Rounding out Washington's draft class was Holsey, a talented player who suffered two torn ACLs during his time at Auburn.

With five other cornerbacks ahead of him on the depth chart, Holsey's production came on special teams as a rookie.

He appeared on 227 special teams plays to only nine defensive plays.  

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