Washington Redskins Big Board: Final Pre-Draft Update

Shae CroninCorrespondent IApril 25, 2013

Washington Redskins Big Board: Final Pre-Draft Update

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    After waiting for what feels like a century (and writing umpteen million columns), the 2013 NFL draft is just but hours away. 

    Although the Washington Redskins are without a pick in the top 32, this year's draft class is stacked deep with talent at a number of different positions, including arguably Washington's most desired cornerback and safety spots. 

    But don't let head coach Mike Shanahan fool you. Tuning in this weekend and watching the Redskins continue to add to their offense as part of an offense-driven NFL wouldn't be the least bit surprising. 

    Therefore, in order to accommodate Redskins fans and draftniks alike, I've assembled an overall big board for the Redskins heading into Friday night's second round, along with a big board for each specific position relative to prospects who are projected to be around at the time of Washington's pick(s). 

Overall Big Board

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    Given the Redskins are without a first-round draft pick and don't take the stage until No. 51, their overall big board is created with realistic prospects in mind.

    Made up of guys the team has a decent shot at drafting, this big board would hold most relevance with the team's first pick on Friday.

    If a guy like Johnthan Banks happens to slip, the Redskins probably wouldn't waste much time.

    If Banks is gone and Markus Wheaton is there, the Redskins then face the question of taking more speed on offense, or instead electing to land a safety of the future.

    And that process continues down the board.

    1. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

    Although FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien doesn't have any chance of falling to No. 51, Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks does.

    Not only would Banks fill a need for the Redskins, he'd arguably be the best player available if he somehow dropped out of the top 50.

    2. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

    Not that he implied anything of the sort, but head coach Mike Shanahan did mention during his pre-draft press conference on Wednesday that there was good depth at the wide receiver position.

    If the Redskins like the potential of getting Brandon Meriweather and Tanard Jackson back next season, going offense with their first pick would be far from surprising.

    3. D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

    It's no secret the Redskins need help in the secondary. Whether that comes by way of cornerback or safety, we can assume there are a couple names from each position on the team's immediate radar.

    Swearinger is a physical safety, packing a punch and using his aggressiveness to intimidate opponents.

    The Redskins would also appreciate his versatile skill set and ability to cover.

    4. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

    Many think the idea of drafting a tight end is ignorant, considering both Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen were re-signed and Niles Paul is expected to have made progress.

    A guy like Travis Kelce, however, can change your mind.

    He has the size, athleticism, blocking power and hands to become a successful and well-rounded playmaking tight end at the next level.

    5. Duke Williams, S, Nevada

    Like Swearinger, Duke Williams is an intimidator-style safety prospect that plays with some reckless abandon and is a far better athlete than most give him credit for.

    6. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

    Perhaps not as intimidating a player as D.J. Swearinger or Duke Williams, Phillip Thomas still fits the mold for the Redskins. He's a safety that can comfortably move up and hold his own in the box, while also demonstrating the playmaking skills to work effectively as a center fielder.

    7. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

    There's no reason we shouldn't hear Jamar Taylor's name being discussed along with Dee Milliner's, Xavier Rhodes' and Desmond Trufant's. 

    Taylor has the size, athleticism, ball skills and instincts to be a first-round pick and very successful pro. 

    8. Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia

    While he doesn't operate with the same physical intimidation as other safeties on this board, Bacarri Rambo does have a nose for the football and he plays a very good center field.

    9. Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech

    If it weren't for off-the-field trouble, Da'Rick Rogers is mentioned in the first-round discussion.

    Depending on how confident Mike Shanahan is in his locker room, and whether Rogers even drops this far, the 6'3", 217-pound receiver could become an elite target alongside Robert Griffin III.

    10. Brandon McGee, DB, Miami (Fla.)

    I believe the Redskins like his athleticism and potential, but Brandon McGee isn't a finished product. There's some work to be done when it comes to his hand usage, discipline and technique, but all coachable.

    Hard to deny his bright spots, though: a tough guy with an aggressive football attitude and playmaking skills.  

Running Back

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    After such an impressive rookie season out of Alfred Morris last year, there's no question who the lead man is in Washington. 

    But that doesn't mean the backfield is complete. 

    In addition to the uncertainty surrounding running back Roy Helu and his foot injury, the Redskins offense needs more playmakers.

    Adding a speedy running back with good quickness and acceleration would complement Morris very well, and it would allow offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to get more creative in expanding his offense. 

    1. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

    After positioning himself among this year's top running back prospects, it's unlikely that Johnathan Franklin is still around by the time the Redskins hit the clock.

    However, if he is there, Mike Shanahan could begin to feel a little froggy.

    Franklin clocked one of the fastest 40-yard dash times at the NFL combine for his position and he showed good improvement over the course of his five-year stay at UCLA. He's a one-cut back with improving hands and the ability to make guys miss.  

    Check out my full scouting report on Franklin. 

    2. Kenjon Barner, Oregon

    Not a guy that I'd think about as high as the second round, but Oregon's Kenjon Barner is the type of player that would thrive in Washington's backfield.

    Thanks in large part to his experience and success in Chip Kelly's innovative offense in Eugene, Barner possesses a good combination of acceleration, speed, vision and reliable hands in the receiving game. 

    In a backfield where Alfred Morris would remain the lead man, Barner would serve as the lightning to complement Morris' thunderous style. His versatility and ability to take snaps at multiple positions is an added bonus. 

    3. Christine Michael, Texas A&M

    From a talent standpoint, Christine Michael is my top running back in this year's draft. 

    It's the stuff off the field that will push him into Day 2, and maybe beyond. 

    Michael has the vision, acceleration and toughness to withstand the load as a lead back. He also packs a serious punch of strength behind a solid 5'11", 220-pound frame. 

    On the other hand, Michael has been criticized for his attitude, work ethic and relationship with coaches. His workload decreased significantly last season as a result (88 carries, 417 yards). 

    And while I note his frame as a positive, and mention his toughness, Michael has a history of durability issues. He missed a majority of his sophomore season in 2010 after suffering a broken leg.

    One year later, as a junior, Michael tore his ACL. 

    Contemplating adding Michael to the roster would once again require some extra homework by Shanahan and the front office. If they believe they can work on his attitude and motivate him, the Redskins net huge value by landing Michael in, say, the third round. 

    4. Andre Ellington, Clemson

    Like Michael, Andre Ellington is a well-rounded running back prospect that will offer his new team a little bit of everything. 

    For the Redskins, Ellington would be the complement back, adding impressive burst and home-run ability while contributing as a developing receiver out of the backfield and reliable pass blocker. 

    Although his college career at Clemson was a productive one, Ellington battled a pesky hamstring injury throughout his senior season and into pre-draft workouts. 

    5. Knile Davis, Arkansas

    We often hear experts talk about height/weight/speed guys. 

    At 6', 227 pounds and clocking a 4.35 forty, Knile Davis is one of those guys.

    Plus, he comes with some of the more detailed football attributes that teams look for in a backfield prospect, such as vision, versatility and pass protection. 

    The only red flag on Davis is his injury history. 

    Stuck with an injury bug since his early college days, Davis has had trouble staying on the field and sustaining production. 

    Coaches and front offices deserve to be wary, and that will ultimately cause Davis to slip farther than his talent warrants. But if he can somehow find a way to stay healthy at the next level, and a team is willing to take the chance, someone's going to wind up with a steal in the mid-to-late rounds.

Tight End

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    Since re-signing Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen, many have argued how pointless it would be for the Redskins to take a tight end at No. 51. 

    Fact is, Davis is returning from an ugly Achilles tear; and while I love me some Logan Paulsen, he isn't necessarily the explosive pass-catching weapon that teams covet as the No. 1 in their offense.

    1. Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

    As anyone who reads my columns can tell you, I'm a big fan of  Travis Kelce.

    I'm an even bigger fan of having Kelce on the Redskins roster.

    At 6'5", 255 pounds, Kelce is still developing at the position after being initially recruited to Cincinnati as a quarterback. But even as somewhat of a greenhorn, Kelce has the hands, size and athleticism to be a very productive tight end at the next level.

    In a league that's all about matchups, and with an offense looking to add playmakers, it'd be tough to pass on Kelce if he's still hanging around at No. 51.

    Check out my full scouting report on Kelce. 

    2. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

    Speaking of matchups, how does 6'6", 254 pounds with long arms and deceiving agility running down the seam sound?

    It sounds intriguing to the Redskins. And when they take the clock in the second, maybe the third round, Gavin Escobar should be available. 

    Escobar fits well in Washington because he's the hybrid tight end that can stretch the field by way of speed and separation, while Logan Paulsen remains the blocking type and short-yardage guy. 

    Meanwhile, there'd be no additional pressure on Niles Paul as he continues to develop in his second season at the tight end position. 

    3. Mychael Rivera, Tennessee

    Not as physically intimidating as guys like Kelce, Escobar and Nick Kasa, but Mychael Rivera is one of the better receiving tight ends on the board. He has the speed to stretch the field, the agility to get open and the massive mitts (10 1/4") needed to become a solid target in an offense. 

    4. Nick Kasa, Colorado

    The biggest project on this tight end big board, Nick Kasa has minimal experience at the position since converting from the defensive line and starting his journey on offense just two seasons ago.

    At 6'6", 269 pounds, Kasa certainly has the frame to create mismatches, and he plays the position with as much aggression and toughness as a defensive end would play on the other side of the ball. But he's far from developed.

    If Shanahan is confident in a solid season out of Fred Davis and the development of Niles Paul, I'm sure he thinks about Kasa in the mid-to-late rounds as a new project with big potential.  

    5. Vance McDonald, Rice

    With arguably the best all-around measurables of any tight end on this board, Vance McDonald still doesn't seem to be talked about quite enough. 

    McDonald is 6'4" and 269 pounds, with arms over 34 inches long and hands as big as frying pans (10 1/8"). He's also strong (31 reps) and possesses deceiving speed after clocking a 4.60 40-yard dash. 

    He's not quite as raw a tight end prospect as Nick Kasa, but he's also not the receiving threat of Kelce, Escobar or Rivera. 

    In time, however, McDonald has all the makings of a threatening mismatch for opposing defenses in the NFL. 

Wide Receiver

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    There's a good chance the Redskins surprise a lot of people this weekend when they decide to put the defense in a corner and continue to bolster their budding offense.

    Regardless of how much focus they put on either side of the ball, adding more speed for Robert Griffin III and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is on the list.

    After Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, the Redskins stable of pass-catchers isn't anything special.

    1. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State

    Markus Wheaton is a versatile receiver in that he can line up inside or outside. He has great speed (clocking a 4.40), runs his routes well and has the "plucking" ability to snatch balls out of the air with strong hands.

    2. Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

    As mentioned on the Overall Big Board, Da'Rick Rogers has the talent of a first-round prospect. He has the size, he has the hands, he has the frame and he has the toughness. 

    What Rogers doesn't have is a clean background. 

    It's not that Shanahan and the Redskins only take squeaky cleans. But a player's problems have to be investigated and Shanny has to have faith in his staff and locker room. 

    If Rogers is hanging around at No. 51, I think you take a long, hard look. 

    If he's still available at No. 85, I think you pull the trigger. 

    3. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

    Given the offense's needs, Quinton Patton may not be the best option for the Redskins in terms of skill set. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a nice complement to the corps.

    Patton is a solid athlete at 6', 204 pounds. He's one of the better route-runners in this wide receiver class and he's a heady football player. 

    4. Josh Boyce, TCU

    With the Redskins weighing their options on offense throughout the final six rounds of the draft, Josh Boyce has to come up on their radar at some point. 

    A former high school teammate of Robert Griffin III, Boyce is the quick, explosive slot receiver that could step in and add a good combination of twitch and strength. 

    It would also seem that Shanahan would take a liking to Boyce, given his home-run ability on every touch and his effectiveness as a blocker.

    5. Terrance Williams, Baylor

    A Baylor Bears reunion?

    Perhaps Terrance Williams has his former college quarterback Robert Griffin III in his corner, but Williams' style isn't exactly what the Redskins are in search of. 

    Although Williams projects as a vertical threat with good speed and size to stretch the field, he doesn't provide the explosiveness necessary to break big plays after the catch. 

Offensive Line

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    Mike Shanahan mentioned the offensive line a few times during his pre-draft presser on Wednesday afternoon, but he also seemed content with the guys he had competing for the right tackle spot. 

    When you look at what the Redskins were able to accomplish on offense last season, of course a majority of the parts seem efficient. 

    But with Robert Griffin III returning from a serious knee injury, keeping him protected, regardless of scheme, remains most important. 

    1. Justin Pugh, Syracuse

    Despite criticism regarding his 32-inch arms, Justin Pugh is an experienced and athletic tackle who would flourish in the Redskins' zone-blocking scheme. 

    Where Pugh lacks physically, he makes up for it by way of understanding the game, using his speed and creating advantages where he can. 

    2. Kyle Long, Oregon

    Bringing with him rich football bloodlines by way of his father, Howie, and his brother, Chris, Kyle Long measures as one of the better athletes in this class given his size and weight. 

    Long clocked a 4.91 forty at 6'6", 313 pounds. 

    Some are critical of Long's experience in Oregon's offense, which is understandable. But Shanahan loves his athletic linemen (especially those that are versatile between both guard and tackle) and Long would more than fit the mold. 

    Not a finished product by any means, but Long comes with great upside. 

    3. Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

    Like Long, Terron Armstead is one of the best athletes in this draft, and clearly one of the top athletes at his position. 

    Although more athlete than football player at this point, Armstead has huge potential at the next level and a team will likely take a stab at him in the earlier part of the second round. 

    That being said, if Armstead drops unexpectedly, Shanahan may be tempted to land his other athletic tackle of the future to go along with a high-powered offensive scheme. 

    4. Brennan Williams, North Carolina

    Another athletic lineman (you see the pattern) for a guy standing 6'6" and weighing in just under 320 pounds, Brennan Williams has sunk under the radar a bit following his recovery from labrum surgery.

    On the football field, however, Williams possesses good quickness, agility and length. He has potential at both guard and tackle, although he's not an immediate contributor on an NFL roster at this point. 

    5. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

    You'll see a lot of people flip-flop on whether he's a guard or tackle, but Dallas Thomas has the athleticism and size to play either spot, making him a valuable mid-round guy that has the work ethic necessary to make a long career in the NFL. 

    At 6'5", 306 pounds, Thomas clocked a 5.08 forty and measured in with 33 1/8-inch arms.

    While he does have collegiate experience at both positions, I believe Thomas is best-suited on the inside if he were to join the Redskins. 

Defensive Line

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    Other than quarterback, the other position I would bet on the Redskins not sinking too much time in is the defensive line.

    That means, given my luck, the Redskins will probably take a defensive lineman with their first pick at No. 51. 

    1. Margus Hunt, SMU

    I know I talked about good athletes on the last slide when discussing offensive linemen, but Margus Hunt may take the cake (neck and neck with Dion Jordan) as the most physically gifted/freakish prospect in this year's draft class. 

    Standing 6'8" and weighing 277 pounds, Hunt ran a 4.53 forty, measured 33 3/4-inch arms and 10-inch hands. 

    Although he appears best-suited as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, Hunt has the platform to become an elite pass-rusher in the NFL. 

    At this point, however, he's extremely inconsistent, and the team that drafts him will have to remain patient in his development. 

    2. Jesse Williams, Alabama

    There's talk of him being a late first-rounder, so the chances of the Redskins drafting Jesse Williams appear slim. 

    Still, he'd fit the Redskins' defensive line at nose tackle and he's a much better athlete than he looks.

    Williams packs a punch and moves quicker than most others at 6'4", 323 pounds. 

    3. Kawann Short, Purdue

    It wasn't too long ago I had Kawann Short mocked in the first round. 

    Sine then, however, his stock seems to be falling a bit and it appears more likely he'll fall into the second round. 

    At 6'3", 299 pounds, Short is a beast of a man. He has incredible strength, he's quick off the snap and he's effective at both penetrating the line and plugging the gap. 

    Like Hunt, there are questions surrounding Short's consistency and his tendency to play in streaks. 

    4. Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin

    An imposing figure at 6'4", 329 pounds, Montori Hughes would add depth to the interior defensive line and has the potential to be a starter at the next level. 

    Hughes' 329 pounds is fit to his large frame and he moves well for a guy his size, penetrating the line with brute strength and weight placement. 

    5. Malliciah Goodman, Clemson

    The Redskins are familiar with Clemson defensive linemen, having selected Jarvis Jenkins just two seasons ago. 

    Goodman looks the part at 6'4", 276 pounds with insanely long arms (36 3/8") and massive 11-inch hands. He uses good recognition to sniff out the play and he's a regular in stopping the run, regardless of direction. 


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    London Fletcher's announcement to return to the Redskins this offseason was exciting news. 

    Unfortunately, the ageless wonder can't play forever. 

    The team found success in drafting Perry Riley a few seasons ago, and the jury is still out on last year's rookie Keenan Robinson, but the inside linebacker position isn't handled. The team needs to add both youth and depth. 

    In addition, adding pass-rushers with good value in the draft is always a solid move. A team can never have too many effective pass-rushers. 

    1. Kevin Minter, LSU

    As one of my favorite prospects in this draft, I highly doubt Kevin Minter makes it out of the top-40 selections this weekend. 

    Not only is he a hard-hitter that plays downhill and with plenty of aggression, but Minter can also drop back into coverage. He projects as a three-down inside backer at the next level. 

    Check out my full scouting report in Minter.

    2. Zaviar Gooden, Missouri

    Another one of my favorites in this year's class, Zaviar Gooden is a phenomenal athlete with good size, but not necessarily great bulk for the position. 

    Gooden blazed a 4.46 forty at 6'2", 234 pounds, which sounds more like a hybrid receiver than an inside linebacker. But that doesn't mean he can't come down and fill gaps effectively, make open-field tackles or lay the wood. 

    The Redskins would appreciate Gooden's combination of speed, strength and versatility. 

    Check out my full scouting report on Gooden. 

    3. Jon Bostic, Florida

    Unlike Gooden, Jon Bostic isn't nearly the athlete, but all football player. He brings with him valuable experience, very good instincts and solid tackling ability. 

    If the Redskins were to draft Bostic somewhere in the mid-rounds, I could see him being a fan favorite and one that's thoroughly embraced in his rise to becoming a starter. 

    4. Ty Powell, Harding

    Sticking with athleticism at the linebacker position, Ty Powell stands out.

    After playing defensive end, linebacker and safety at Harding, it's safe to say Powell's versatility will carry his draft stock this weekend and the Redskins should keep their eye on him. 

    His measurables are nothing to balk at either, standing 6'2", weighing 249 pounds and clocking a 4.6 forty. 

    5. Corey Lemonier, Auburn

    One way to help your defensive secondary is to improve your pass-rush in any way possible. 

    Adding a 6'4", 255-pound athletic end like Corey Lemonier with 4.56 speed would be a nice start. 

    Lemonier can project as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, given his experience dropping into coverage. But his real money will be made by way of his pass-rushing skills and combination of speed and power. 

    Lemonier would come with great value in the fourth round. 


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    No one forgot about the Washington secondary. 

    Re-signing DeAngelo Hall and bringing in free agent E.J. Biggers were both positive moves this offseason. But the Redskins require more at the position before heading into 2013. 

    1. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

    Again, slim chance that Johnthan Banks drops as low as No. 51. But crazier things have happened. 

    Banks needed to run well at the NFL combine in order to keep his name in the first-round conversation, and he did just okay. 

    At 6'2", 189 pounds, Banks clocked a 4.59 40-yard dash to go along with productive game film and good ball skills. 

    Not something I'd hold my breath on, but if Banks is available, I think the Redskins take their guy. 

    2. Jamar Taylor, Boise State

    People can downplay him all they want for playing at Boise State, but that'd be nitpicking and lazy. 

    Jamar Taylor deserves to be mentioned as one of the top cornerbacks in this class. 

    Standing 5'11" and weighing in at 196 pounds, Taylor has great bulk and good size for the cornerback position. He's a superb athlete with killer speed (4.37), good ball skills and natural football instincts. 

    3. Robert Alford, SE Louisiana

    Despite playing at a small school against weaker competition, Robert Alford has good experience for the cornerback position. He measures well at 5'10", 188 pounds and he has a high ceiling at the next level. 

    Like many prospects, Alford will take a little longer to adjust to the pro game. But once he does, he has all the makings of a quality starting-caliber corner in the NFL. 

    4. Brandon McGee, Miami (Fla.)

    As I mentioned on the Overall Big Board, Brandon McGee's flaws all seem to be coachable. 

    His bright spots are his 5'11", 193-pound frame, his 32-inch arms and natural feel as a football player. 

    5. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

    Risky? Sure. 

    Could it pay off? Absolutely. 

    Although I don't want my criticism of Tyrann Mathieu's size to be interpreted as laziness on my part, I do mark that as one of my main football concerns with him.

    His off-the-field issues, though, would obviously outweigh his physical stature.

    Mathieu would work well in the Redskins defense given his instinctive play and versatility. He's a grinder that can make plays, flip the field and even generate points by himself.  

    6. David Amerson, NC State 

    I'm not a huge fan of David Amerson, but he's one of those lengthy corners that demonstrated good ball skills in college and that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett could place at different spots on the field. 


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    More so than cornerback, the Redskins are in need of a quality young safety for years to come. 

    The team can decide what brand of safety they want (a bruiser or center fielder) and either would help the team moving forward. 

    Luckily for Shanahan and Co., this draft class runs deep with talent at the position. 

    1. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

    Seemingly a Redskins fan favorite, South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger would be a great fit in Washington's secondary.

    At 5'11", 205 pounds, Swearinger is less than ideal in terms of size at the safety position. However, it's nearly impossible to notice on the field.

    Swearinger works as an aggressive and physical football player, never shying away from contact and looking to strike fear into his opponents. He also has good enough ball skills to flip the field and possesses a natural feel for the game.

    In addition, Swearinger demonstrated great versatility in college, often lining up as an outside corner, or coming down and taking a slot receiver off the line in coverage.

    With the Redskins in need of long-term secondary assistance, Swearinger could be a good one for years to come.

    2. Duke Williams, Nevada

    Close to Swearinger in terms of size and tenacity, Duke Williams stands 5'11", 203 pounds. 

    Although he plays hard-nosed and appears most comfortable coming down into the box and making plays, Williams is a far better athlete than people give him credit for. His speed (4.48) combined with his instincts make him a very attractive prospect. 

    Believing the Redskins really like Williams, I wouldn't be surprised if they were to have him listed as their top safety. 

    Also, if the Redskins have more valuable options in Rounds 2 and 3, Williams may still be available in the fourth round. 

    Check out my full scouting report on Williams. 

    3. Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

    He'll come up and make plays at the line by way of good recognition and tackling, but Phillip Thomas is more of a coverage safety than an intimidator. 

    Again, that's not to say he can't play in the box. Thomas is a well-rounded player. But he won't strike fear into his opponents like some of the other safeties on the board. 

    4. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

    If the Redskins are looking for a gambler of sorts, one that keeps his nose around the football and is always looking to create a turnover, then Bacarri Rambo could be their guy in the third round. 

    At 6'1", 211 pounds, you'd expect Rambo to be a little more physical than he is. And perhaps he could be if he were a better open-field tackler and more disciplined.

    Check out my full scouting report on Rambo.  

    5. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

    Don't let his size fool you. At 5'9", 213 pounds, Shamarko Thomas is a meatball of muscle that plays with passion and aggression, throwing his body everywhere and anywhere if it helps to make a play. 

    Blending well with his compact frame, Thomas' speed (4.37) and quickness works well to make him a fluid and agile defender that can plug holes, cover when asked to and blitz effectively off the edge. 

    Check out my full scouting report on Thomas. 

The Other Guys

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    Whether it be for adding speed on offense, or netting value on defense, here's a short list of names (in no particular order) to keep an eye on for the Redskins this weekend. 

    Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois

    Projected as a starter at the next level, Terry Hawthorne has good length and ball skills. Would love to see him sitting around in the fourth round, although it's unlikely. 

    Ray Ray Armstrong, S, Miami (Fla.)

    An elite talent with a terrible rap sheet off the field, Ray Ray Armstrong could very well go undrafted.

    I'd prefer the Redskins to play it safe if they like Armstrong at all, taking him as a late-round flier and working to keep his head on straight. 

    Onterio McCalebb, RB, Auburn

    It's hard to put a draft round on him, but most project Onterio McCalebb as a return man at the next level. 

    Given his impressive 4.28 speed, the Redskins could look at him as an added piece on offense. 

    Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina

    Another one of my many crushes, Ace Sanders doesn't get nearly enough credit as a tough, hard-nosed football player.

    He has the acceleration, quickness and home-run ability that Shanahan would love. 

    Check out my full scouting report on Sanders. 

    Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

    Another guy I'd view as added speed to the Redskins offense, Marquise Goodwin is more of a track star athlete (4.21 40-yard dash) than football player.

    Goodwin's speed projects him to be drafted much higher than I think he should go. He's a fifth- or sixth-round receiver prospect with first-round speed. 

    Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State

    In my very first Redskins mock draft (early January?), I had Washington taking Chris Thompson in the seventh-round in hopes of getting lucky with a flier. 

    Thompson is a quick athlete with insane straight-line speed and a great initial burst to pop through the line and break one. 

    His injury history, however, might be enough to keep most teams away until after the draft. 

    Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia

    A larger, bully-type of corner at 6', 216 pounds, Sanders Commings would net value in the fourth or fifth round.

    However, he's likely to be gone by the end of the third. 

    Check out my full scouting report on Commings. 

    Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech

    The Redskins were able to keep tabs on local Marcus Davis down in Blacksburg for much of his college career. 

    At 6'3", 233 pounds, Davis ran a 4.42 forty and possesses some pretty attractive physical numbers. He'd be worth a mid-round pick if coaches are confident they can clean up some of his technique issues. 

    Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma

    A versatile safety with experience in multiple looks, Tony Jefferson could be a worth a pick in the mid-to-late rounds. 

    T.J. McDonald, S, USC

    A physically imposing safety at 6'3", 219 pounds, T.J. McDonald needs work as a pass defender, but shows well as a hard-hitting, in-the-box defensive back. 

    Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina

    I actually mocked Kevin Reddick to the Redskins in my 2012 NFL mock draft until he elected to return to school for his senior season. 

    Reddick is of the athletic-brand inside linebacker, standing 6'2", weighing 243 pounds and running a 4.71 forty. 

    Despite watching his stock fall this season, Reddick has the tools to become a decent NFL starter. 

    Bradley McDougald, S, Kansas

    Comfortable from a number of different looks, Bradley McDougald is a versatile defensive back that needs some work before becoming a reliable guy on your depth chart. 

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