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One of the biggest struggles for the Redskins last season (especially during the first half) was their secondary and its inability to stop the deep stuff.
In this year's draft, the Redskins helped to address the matter with two safeties -- the first coming in the fourth round by way of Phillip Thomas.
Thomas rebounded from an ugly injury in 2011 to become one of the nation's top safeties last year as a senior, registering eight interceptions (three returned for scores), 12 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Thomas was an attractive prospect for the Redskins due to his versatility. He's physical and aggressive enough to help in run support and show blitz, yet he has great ball skills and a good understanding of position to play a reliable centerfield.
When the Redskins decided to address the secondary via the draft this year, they did so with the thought of playmaking ability in mind. Guys like David Amerson in the second round, Thomas in the fourth and Bacarri Rambo in the sixth are all examples of such.
But just like any other rookie, there are knocks on Thomas' game.
Getting sucked in on play-action and appearing hesitant at times are both viewed as bad habits that can eventually be corrected by way of solid coaching.
And if Thomas takes well to it, we could see the rookie starting in the deep half.