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The play of DeAngelo Hall has sometimes been impressive, but the Redskins badly need depth at cornerback.
As mentioned earlier, the big plays given up in the secondary reduced as the season progressed. With this, the calls for Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall to be cut were less audible among fans.
Wilson’s ability in coverage was a large reason for bringing him to D.C., but this had deserted him by the fourth game of the season and he looked vulnerable when tracking receivers.
He was hesitant to make a play on the ball, and Redskins game film showed him to be a soft target. Opposing teams frequently adopted this target, and even when covering No. 2 receivers Wilson began to look like a liability.
Hall will never have doubted himself, but it’s fair to say that the rest of Redskins Nation did. .
As the season cam to its midpoint, Hall had looked disinterested, unwilling and confrontational. His reputation for the big play ensured he was a fixture in the side, but the lack of depth at cornerback was also a big factor.
Regardless of how badly the secondary played, there was simply no one better available to bring into the team.
Rookie corner Richard Crawford has shown that he has a lot of potential, and returning players Chase Minnifield and Jordan Bernstein were unfortunate with season-ending injuries before they had a chance to show what they were capable of. Minnifield in particular had looked good in OTAs, and Redskins fans should be excited about his return.
Nevertheless, the lack of depth was exposed by these injuries, and the Redskins should look to rectify this in this year’s draft.
Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer would be an ideal choice to add a player capable of making an immediate impact for the Redskins. Whether he lasts into the 50s is another matter, but Shanahan will have his name on his board going into the draft.
Poyer brings real pace to the position, as well as being effective in both zone and man coverage. He is unafraid to take the ball in the air and trusts his hands to bring the ball down. He has played as a kick returner at Oregon State and has the ball skills to succeed in the NFL.