Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda provides five things to know about new Washington Redskins cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who was signed on March 19.
1. Despite being a fifth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the then-21-year-old Scandrick made the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster and appeared in every game as a rookie.
When Scandrick entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Cowboys selected him just four rounds after they made Mike Jenkins, a first-team All-American selection at cornerback in 2007, their second of two first round picks.
Along with Jenkins, Dallas also had Terence Newman, a 2007 Pro Bowler, at cornerback along with veterans Anthony Henry and Adam Jones.
But Scandrick still earned playing time in his rookie season, appearing in 16 games with two starts to record 36 tackles and four passes defensed.
In his second start of the year, a 34-9 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Scandrick helped hold Matt Hasselbeck and Co. to zero passing touchdowns.
*2. Scandrick played collegiately at Boise State, where he started 38 games and recorded 152 tackles. He left with a school-record seven blocked kicks, including a single-season record of four in 2007. *While Boise State has only been playing a full Division I-A schedule since the 1996 season, the Broncos have been one of college football’s top programs over the last 20-plus years.
During that span, 45 different Boise State products have appeared in an NFL game including Scandrick. In his three active seasons with the Broncos, Scandrick recorded 152 tackles (109 solo) along with four interceptions and 3.5 sacks.
While Scandrick impressed throughout his career (he was a second-team Freshman All-American selection by Scout.com) as a cornerback, he also caused issues on special teams as he recorded a school-record seven blocked kicks.
He blocked four kicks alone during his final season at Boise State.
3. Off the field, Scandrick focuses on helping youth in his hometown.
Scandrick has made it a priority of his to help give back to kids, particularly those who attend his alma mater, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School.
Last year, Scandrick, on behalf of his new foundation 32Cares, donated $15,000 worth of gear to the high school’s football team including custom helmets.
*4. Scandrick played in one of the most memorable college football games ever played. *During the 2006 season, Boise State collected a perfect 11-0 regular season record as the Broncos ran through their WAC competition easily while also defeating Oregon State in non-conference play.
Ending regular season action ranked as the No. 8 team in the country, Boise State earned a Fiesta Bowl invite to play No. 10 Oklahoma.
In one of the greatest games with perhaps the greatest ending, the Broncos upset the Sooners 43-32 after successfully converting a two-point try off a Statue of Liberty play.
In the game, Scandrick recorded six tackles with one pass defensed. He also shared the field with one of his new teammates: Trent Williams.
5. Scandrick immediately becomes the most experienced cornerback on the Redskins, having appeared in 125 career regular season games. The next closest is Josh Norman (83 regular season games).
With Bashaud Breeland currently remaining a free agent and Kendall Fuller being included in the Alex Smith trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Redskins entered Monday with just four cornerbacks on the roster.
The headliner of that group, of course, is Josh Norman, who has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL over the last three years. But the other three cornerbacks – Quinton Dunbar, Joshua Holsey and Fabian Moreau – have yet to be a full-time starter in the NFL.
During the 2017 season, Moreau and Holsey, who were both rookies, combined for just 68 defensive snaps. Dunbar, meanwhile, has only been a cornerback for three seasons after making the switch from wide receiver during Washington’s 2015 training camp.
While the Redskins like the talent all three possess, Scandrick gives Washington a long-tenured veteran in the room.
“I’m going to bring competitiveness, leadership, tenacity,” Scandrick said. “Just that attitude and just whatever [they] need.