Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan and the front office have not been shy about using their second-round draft pick on a secondary position.
The Washington Redskins have held private workouts and multiple meetings with two NFL Draft prospects—safeties Phillip Thomas of Fresno State and Duke Williams of Nevada, reaffirming the teams intention to improve the secondary with the 51st pick in next weeks NFL Draft.
According to WalterFootball.com, the Redskins have also had multiple meetings with South Carolina Safety D.J. Swearinger and held a private workout for Florida International Safety Jonathan Cyprien.
Overall, the Redskins held meetings with 26 prospects—either at the Combine, the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game or Pro-Day. Only six prospects were offensive players and 17-of-20 defensive prospects were secondary players.
The Redskins have indicated throughout the offseason their intention and desire to improve the defensive secondary and that certainly is apparent in their offseason meetings with NFL prospects.
The team held multiple meetings with Swearinger, Thomas and Williams. They held private meetings with Cyprien, Thomas and Williams.
The offensive prospects the Redskins met with include: Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech, Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson, offensive linemen Oday Aboushi of Virginia and Justin Pugh of Syracuse. They also met with tight ends Nick Kasa of Colorado and Mychael Rivera of Tennessee.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan has been credited with finding diamonds in the rough and none was more true in last year's draft with the sixth-round selection of running back Alfred Morris.
The team has already bolstered their secondary through the free-agent acquisition of veteran cornerback E.J. Biggers and the return of cornerback Chase Minnifield from injured reserve.
The Redskins will certainly bolster their secondary with the talent available when they are on the clock with the 51st pick in the NFL Draft.
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