With the 146th pick in the NFL Draft, the Redskins select DeJon Gomes, a free safety out of Nebraska. I don’t know much about Jones, but Tennessee Titans blog Music City Miracles has an interesting take on him:
While Gomes only had two years to prove his worth to NFL scouts while at Nebraska after transferring from Junior College, he wasted little time in becoming a fringe prospect and gained a reputation as a hard-hitter, a ball hawk, and an overall big play machine. He’s got the size, strength, and coverage skills to play any position in the defensive backfield and even lined up as a linebacker at Nebraska when the situation called for it, so his versatility is a big plus, but most scouts project him as a strong-safety in the NFL.
So on paper, you’ve got a good looking player who can line up at multiple positions and has a great physical makeup. What’s the downside in picking him? I think that the versatility that defines his game also hurts him. Teams can make him into whatever they want him to be, but at the same time, he’s not a perfect fit for any position which hurts his status in the eyes of a lot of teams.
Sounds like a Lorenzo Alexander of the backfield, frankly. At the very least, an intriguing prospect.
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