The Washington Redskins should seriously consider making a move for Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr in free agency. The Redskins seem to have identified the secondary as the one area of their defense that still needs strengthening.
The draft's top cornerback Morris Claiborne will likely be gone by the time the Redskins are scheduled to pick at No. 6. There's also the small matter of how the team plans on solving the quarterback dilemma. Thus free agency might be the best bet for finding help for the secondary.
Carr would be an excellent choice for the Redskins and fit nicely in Jim Haslett's defensive schemes. The 6'0" 207 pounder is well versed in zone-coverage techniques, having played in the Chiefs' 3-4 for the past two seasons. He also has the size to operate effectively in press and man coverage.
At 25, Carr is the right age for what the Redskins are attempting to do with their roster and would give the team a developing young talent at a crucial position. He finished 2011 with a career best four interceptions and also managed 15 pass breakups and 39 solo tackles. Carr is capable in run support and would help protect the perimeter of the Redskins' 3-4 against the run, an area where the defense struggled last season.
Carr has good zone instincts and is an opportunistic defensive back. He is prone to taking chances, but won't gamble quite as much as DeAngelo Hall. This kind of risk taking could be welcome on a Redskins defense that still struggles to create turnovers.
Carr won't command the kind of money that more high profile free-agent corners like Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan will. With the fourth-year pro in the fold, the Redskins could move the steady but unspectacular Josh Wilson to nickelback and be able to rely on three starting calibre corners on their defense.