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Ray Ray Armstrong is worthy of a late-round pick.
A player who is certainly not a safe bet is Ray Ray Armstrong, the ex-Miami Hurricanes safety who inherited Sean Taylor’s jersey and then threw it all away.
There are many reasons not to draft Armstrong. He takes plays off, is sometimes selfish with his football and demonstrates a me-first attitude—which translated to the off-field incidents that eventually led to his dismissal from the football team.
However, he’s also a freakish athlete who could excel under the right circumstances. The Redskins are building a young team that entirely believes in the coaches’ vision for the franchise.
Raheem Morris is a vocal defensive backs coach who doesn’t tolerate laziness among his players, so getting Armstrong to buy into the team would result in a different player from the one seen in Miami from 2011 onwards.
Comparisons to Sean Taylor have pursued Armstrong throughout his career due to his athleticism and penchant for big hits. Redskins Nation would welcome him with open arms, and if he could finally live up to his early promise, they would have a safety worthy of following Taylor.
This is all conjecture, obviously, and there’s no guarantee that any of these things happen. Armstrong remains an enigma, but his potential is worth a late-round pick.
Vontaze Burfict was considered undraftable before the Cincinnati Bengals took a chance on him. Burfict not only became the starter by Week 3, he also became the Bengals’ leading tackler by the end of December.
Armstrong could be all this and more for a team willing to take a chance on him. The Redskins should be that team.
In the NFL, sometimes all it takes to inspire a player is to be told that he isn’t good enough, or that he doesn’t have a shot at getting drafted. When given that shot, those players are often the ones that make the best use of them.