Washington Redskins' 2013 Cornerback Options in the NFL Draft

Matt JamesContributor IIMarch 27, 2013

Former Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall
Former Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo HallPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

It’s no secret that the Washington Redskins have a mediocre secondary. It was through sheer force of will that they were able to cobble together a strong enough showing during the second half of the 2012 season and earn a playoff berth.

With the limited amount of picks Washington has at its disposal, it is crucial that team scouts and coaches carefully evaluate the stock in this year’s draft. Luckily enough for the Redskins, this year has a much broader depth in terms of DBs. Let’s take a look at how Washington might proceed.

Second round (51st overall): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Washington gave up a lot for RG3, however, they will have some luck in fortifying their secondary through the draft. Desmond Trufant will likely be out of reach with the 51st pick, but crazier things have happened. This 5'11", 190-pound back had a great showing at the senior bowl and has played consistently over the course of his college career. He is a talented cover corner and has shown he possesses the speed to do well in the NFL.

Third round (85th overall): Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Another blazing fast corner, Darius Slay out of Mississippi State is a very viable option for the Redskins. If they are not able to get Trufant with their second-round pick, Slay could easily be taken in the same spot of the draft.

Fourth round (22nd in the round): Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
This is a bit trickier of a pick. Gratz has proven that he can perform at the professional level but has not shown elite capabilities with his body of work. He could be taken earlier than the fourth round because of his showing at the combine, but if he isn’t, the Redskins could find value in picking him up.

Fifth round (21st in the round): Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
In any other year, Micah Hyde would easily be taken in the second or even third round. But, because of the bevy of corners that are in this year’s draft and an arrest that undoubtedly hurt his stock, the Redskins could easily pick this 6'0", 197-pound corner with their first fifth-round pick. It might be a bit of a gamble, but if Mike Shanahan evaluates him sufficiently and feels he can be a trusted player, Hyde might be a steal.