The Redskins announced the signing of a dozen rookie free agents, most of whom were already known. The list includes corner Virginia corner Chase Minnifield, whom many scouts and/or scouting services said would have been drafted in the second or third round if not for microfracture surgery on his knee in January. It's still uncertain when he'll return to full health.
One scout said of Minnifield, “He has good size, good measurable. A smart guy. Fundamentally sound both in off coverage and [press] man. Good tackler. An all-around good player. He has good punt return skills. He’s a complete prospect.”
Among the other choices: running back Antwon Bailey (Syracuse), receiver Kelvin Bolden (Southern Mississippi), running back Lennon Creer (Louisiana Tech), center Grant Garner (Oklahoma State), receiver Darius Hanks (Alabama), linebacker Donnell Holt (Cal), linebacker Monte Lewis (Jacksonville State), receiver Lance Lewis (East Carolina), linebacker Brian McNally (New Hampshire), nose tackle Vaughn Meatoga (Hawaii) and running back Michael Shaw (Michigan).
Former NFL scout Dan Shonka, now the general manager of Ourlands, said of Holt: "He played in a 3-4 system. He’s kind of stocky, not a big speed guy but he plays square in the hole and he plugs the inside running lanes, probably a two-down kind of guy. But he’s a good player.”