It is widely agreed upon that the Washington Redskins need to improve their secondary. In order to combat today’s pass-happy NFL, the use of lockdown corners and reliable safety play has become increasingly imperative.
Drafting defensive backs early in the draft this April is something that the Redskins organization is used to over the past 10 years—Sean Taylor in 2004, Carlos Rogers in 2005, LaRon Landry in 2007 and Kevin Barnes in 2008.
I can remember the Redskins drafting LaRon Landry out of LSU and salivated at the idea of him and Sean Taylor sharing the defensive backfield together. Of course, Taylor was tragically murdered months later and Landry sulked his way out of Redskins Park.
As bad as the Redskins were at that time, I thought if there was at least one answer as far as personnel was concerned, and it was the safety positions. Obviously, I was wrong.
Sadly, the Redskins have yet to find a valid replacement for the slain Taylor. The front office has explored multiple options via the draft and free agency; however, none of them have panned out.
It appears that the Skins are going to try again this offseason, as a wide selection of defensive backs are going to be available for April’s draft.
I’ve taken a look at three experts and their thoughts on what the Redskins should do with their draft. I’ll provide my input as well.