Washington Redskins Guide to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 15, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27:  Cornerback Jordan Poyer #14 of the Oregon State Beavers follows the play against the Washington Huskies on October 27, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins have one extremely glaring area of need to focus on this offseason, and since their financial quandary will make it difficult to spruce up their weak secondary in free agency, the draft should be all about cornerbacks and safeties. 

Before the draft and free agency arrive, though, there's the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, which gets underway late next week in Indianapolis. Here's a primer for the only team in the league that doesn't currently hold a first-round pick.


Six Must-Watch Prospects

Jordan Poyer (CB, Oregon State)

I think he's skilled and versatile enough to be a nice fit with Jim Haslett's defense. But if he performs too well in Indy, he won't be available by the time the 'Skins are on the clock for the first time. 

Potential pick: Second round


Robert Alford (CB, Southeast Louisiana)

Alford's a guy they can almost certainly take with one of their first two picks. He leads the second wave of corners in this year's class, but he doesn't come from a major conference, so his combine performance will be under a different microscope. 

Potential pick: Third round


Matt Elam (S, Florida)

I think Elam is the kind of guy who could emerge as a leader in Washington's secondary. He's an aggressive safety who can also hold his own in coverage and be sort of a jack-of-all-trades defensive back. Like Poyer, he can't perform too well, or Washington won't be able to draft him. 

Potential pick: Second round

Jonathan Cyprien (S, Florida International)

He's a big-time playmaker who I doubt the Redskins have seen a lot from, so what he does in Indy will be crucial. If Elam and Poyer aren't around, I really like this guy as a potential pick in the 51 spot.

Potential pick: Second round


Justin Pugh (OT, Syracuse)

It's also possible the Redskins look for their new right tackle in the second or third round, and you can bet they'll be drafting an offensive tackle at some point.

A lot will depend on what happens in free agency, but they'll cover their tracks at the combine by looking at Pugh, who is projected to be picked in that area. The key will be to find out if he has the size and strength to start at tackle in the NFL, or if he should move to guard (which would make him a lot less attractive to Washington).

Potential pick: Second round


Kyle Long (OT, Oregon)

Howie Long's son and Chris Long's brother definitely has the size and strength to succeed in this position, especially in a zone-blocking situation. He'd be a better fit than Pugh, so I'll be keeping a close eye on him in Indy.

Potential pick: Second or third round


Flying Under the Radar

B.W. Webb (CB, Williams & Mary)

I loved what I saw from the small-conference product at the Senior Bowl and think he'd have a chance to become a starter in Washington if given the opportunity. 

Potential pick: Fourth or fifth round


Other Sleeper Candidates Who Should Be on Washington's Radar

Daxton Swanson (CB, Sam Houston State)

Luke Marquardt (OT, Azusa Pacific) 

Stephane Milhim (OT, Massachusetts)

Jordan Mills (OT, Louisiana Tech)  



Eric Reid (S, LSU)

Reid earned enough of a reputation as a thumper in college that I'm sure some would love to see the 'Skins move up in the second round to select him. But even if he slides to Washington in the No. 51 spot, I think there are better options. Reid is burned far too often. This team needs safeties that can cover consistently. 

Potential pick: Second round


Other Second-Round Candidates Who Should be on Washington's Radar

Tony Jefferson (S, Oklahoma)

D.J. Swearinger (S, South Carolina)

J.J. Wilcox (S, Georgia Southern)

Dallas Thomas (T, Tennessee)

D.J. Fluker (T, Alabama)  


You'll Have to Wait to See...

Branden Smith (CB, Georgia)

Another Brandon Boykin, he's the kind of cover corner this team could use if it wants to spring fewer leaks. 

Potential pick: Sixth or seventh round


Travis Howard (CB, Ohio State)

He's big and tall and comes from a proven school, but Howard didn't receiver a combine invite either.

Potential pick: Seventh round


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