In Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark, the Redskins have two short-term options at safety.
But even with young safeties Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas backing them up, it's questionable if the long-term answer is currently on the roster.
Rambo struggled as a rookie, and Thomas missed the entire year to injury.
While it's unlikely that Washington can net an immediate starter in the draft without a first-round pick, there are some safeties who could grow into starting roles with some grooming.
One such player is Jimmie Ward.
Slightly undersized, he posted impressive numbers in his collegiate career. According to NFL.com, he tallied 300 tackles and 11 interceptions in his three seasons as a starter at Northern Illinois.
While he is a sure tackler with cornerback-like cover skills, the level of competition that he faced could lead to a steep learning curve as a rookie.
But with a solid track record on special teams—he blocked four kicks in his collegiate career—Ward could find his niche there early in his career.
Slotted to go in the second round by CBSSports.com, Ward's lack of NFL readiness could give Washington pause in selecting him with its first pick.