With the 213th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Brandyn Thompson, a defensive back from Boise State. Thompson becomes the second defensive back to be selected by the Redskins, following Dejon Gomes of Nebraska in the fifth round.
Thompson is a big-play cornerback that certainly is capable of making plays, but also sometimes gets beat in coverage. He's a good fit for Jim Haslett's scheme, though, which focuses on forcing turnovers over all else. Last season, Thompson had three interceptions in 10 games for Boise State. The season before, he had five interceptions. For his career, he has 12 interceptions, 146 tackles and one forced fumble.
One other issue with Thompson is that he is just 5'9,'' which is kind of small for a defensive back. That said, he is very good at understanding zone concepts, and Haslett is the kind of guy who tends to like playing zone.