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Seven Things We've Learned About Jordan Brailford


With the Redskins taking off for training camp in about a month, will take a deeper look at the new faces of the organization and what we've learned regarding their football and life background.

First up is seventh-round rookie Jordan Brailford.

1. Brailford overcame multiple injuries at Oklahoma State.

After redshirting due to a broken leg sustained in high school, Brailford came into the 2015 season with something to prove. He ended up playing in ten games for the Cowboys and finished with 23 tackles.

But shortly after that season, a shin injury forced Brailford to miss the entire 2016 campaign. Fortunately, the NCAA granted Brailford a medical hardship redshirt.

2. Brailford led the Big 12 in sacks last season.

When Brailford was healthy, he was highly productive.

As a redshirt sophomore in 2017, Brailford served as a reserve the first four games before starting the last nine contests. He finished the season with 57 tackles and 4.5 sacks to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors.

Brailford was even better as a senior. As a team captain, he led the Big 12 both in overall sacks (10) and average sacks per game (0.69) for a Cowboys team ranked 20th nationally in red zone defense, tackles for loss and sacks. His efforts were rewarded in the form of first-team all-conference honors.

3. Brailford shined in the East-West Shrine Game.

Following a productive collegiate career, Brailford further bolstered his draft profile with a standout performance at the East-West Shrine Game.

On one play, Brailford darted off the right edge, spun around his helpless blocker and crushed quarterback Brett Rypien -- who just so happens to be the nephew of former Redskins quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Rypien.

Later in the game, Brailford again made his presence felt by recovering a fumble.

"I think it helped a lot," Brailford said of his performance. "It showed that I can take coaching and apply it in a short amount of time. I made some big plays there and got to get a lot more exposure than I would have without it."

4. Brailford doubted whether or not he'd be drafted.

Many draft pundits and analysts tabbed Brailford as a Day 3 selection entering the 2019 NFL Draft. But as the picks flew by, he questioned if he would be drafted at all.

"I had a whole bunch of teams calling me, but they weren't calling about the draft. They were just calling about free agency."

Finally, with the second-to-last pick in the draft, the Redskins squashed Brailford's doubts by selecting him 253rd overall.

"It's an amazing feeling," he said. "I got a little nervous there, but I'm happy to be picked up by the Redskins."

5. Brailford has made the most of the Redskins' Rookie Community Club events.

As part of the Rookie Community Club program, first-year players participated in the fifth-annual Junior Achievement Finance Park Demonstration located in Fairfax, Va. There, the players became the students and learned about becoming financially responsible. Eighth graders from Poe Middle School in Annandale, Va. informed the players on how to budget based on salary, career and other factors that influence spending and saving.

During the exercise, Brailford even admitted to being extremely tempted to splurge on cars -- specifically wanting to treat himself to a convertible -- before his partner suggested he spend his money elsewhere.

6. Brailford received praise from one of the Redskins' all-time sack leaders.

At Joe Gibbs' 30th Annual Burgundy & Gold Banquet in May, Brailford and the rest of the 2019 draft class had the opportunity to connect with a variety of Redskins' greats including Ken Harvey, who ranks fifth in franchise history with 41.5 sacks.

In talking with Brailford, Harvey was impressed with the seventh-round edge rusher.

"Meeting him personally and knowing his personality and his desire, he's an intelligent young man who I think is going to bring fire to this team," said Harvey. "I like the draft this year, I like a lot of the stuff that they've done, so I think the team is moving in the right direction. So now it's about leadership, and young guys like himself taking care of business."

7. Brailford watches "The Office" -- and not much else.

Brailford has seen "Avengers: Endgame," which he enjoyed in spite of the movie being three hours long. He also enjoys the "Friday Night Lights" series.

Nowadays, though, his television habits have been limited to one show.

"I don't really watch much TV anymore," Brailford said. "I think "The Office" is about the only thing I do watch."

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