5 Safety Prospects Who Can Start Right Away for the Washington Redskins

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5 Safety Prospects Who Can Start Right Away for the Washington Redskins
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Alabama safety Robert Lester brings playmaking ability and could fill in for the Redskins in the defensive backfield in 2013.

While the Washington Redskins made the playoffs in 2012, there is no question that there are still some major issues the team needs to work out. At the forefront is the state of the safety position, a unit that failed the burgundy and gold on more than one occasion last season.

With all due respect to Madieu Williams and Reed Doughty, fans simply do not want to see another year of backup-quality play from the two deepest guys on the field. Injuries to Brandon Meriweather and a suspension to Tanard Jackson were massive bumps in the road, but the fact that the Redskins had no legitimate plans to assuage their unavailability shows that there needs to be a change.

Unfortunately, finding safeties on the open market is very tough. Safeties have to fit a system, so grabbing a mediocre free agent to fill in is probably not going to work. Luckily, there is plenty of talent in the draft, and plenty of players that the pick-starved Redskins have a realistic shot of grabbing.

These prospects may turn out or they may not; the important thing is that Washington's front office finally shows the fanbase that the defensive backfield is a priority. It's been a difficult climb since the death of Sean Taylor, and the Redskins have to realize that a return to the hard-hitting, fear-inducing days of old is a necessity if they plan on building a potential Super Bowl contender. 

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