The Washington Redskins signed all 12 members from their 2011 draft class, the team announced July 29. Terms of each deal were not disclosed.

In addition to securing their own drafted rookies, Washington also came to terms with a trio of undrafted free agents: Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell, North Carolina running back Shaun Draughn and East Carolina offensive tackle Willie Smith.

While fans have probably familiarized themselves with members of the Redskins’ 2011 draft haul from last April, the new class of undrafted acquisitions may not be so familiar.

The 6-foot, 3-inch, 242-pound Chappell finished second in Indiana history in both passing yards (7,251) and touchdowns (45). The linebacker-sized signal caller is also Indiana’s career leader in completion percentage (61.1), completions (651) and attempts (1,066). The 24-year-old finished his senior year with 3,295 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, nine interceptions in addition to three rushing touchdowns.

Draughn, 6-foot, 205-pound runner, was used sparingly at UNC but posted senior season totals of 637 rushing yards and six scores. His career totals show a 23-year-old running back who does well with the touches given to him, as he finished with 2,070 rushing yards on 451 attempts—an average of 4.6 yards per carry—and 10 touchdowns. He also totalled 50 receptions for 268 yards and one touchdown.

As a senior, the 6-foot,6-inch, 209-pound Smith was selected to the first-team All-Conference USA team after only starting two seasons at left tackle for East Carolina. Smith is 24 years old.

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO