The NFL Scouting Combine is complete and national pundits have updated their draft boards to include their most recent evaluations of the prospects. Many of the more well-known draft boards only offer opinions on the first round of the NFL Draft, and considering that the Redskins don’t pick until the second round (51st overall), well, projecting the first thirty two picks simply doesn’t address the interests of Redskins fans.
So, we searched the internet for those next level mock drafts that provide a broader scope and offer complete analysis on how this year’s draft may unfold.
Although opinions on the exact players that the Redskins will draft vary, the common consensus remains that the Redskins will address needs in the secondary when the team selects at number fifty one.
Updated with the most recent projections, here’s the first installment with some of the players who experts around the league predict could be wearing the burgundy and gold come April.
WalterFootball.com – Matt Elam, S, Florida – Updated 3/6/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “Elam is one of the higher profile prospects at his position due to his onfield emotion and energy when lining up big hits in the open field. The junior thrives when his nunmber is called, and Elam was very visible since he frequently lined up in the box at strong safety. However, when looking beyond the splash plays, Elam lacks urgency to his game and can be seen standing around while others make the play. That combined with his tendency to launch himself at ball carriers rather than make form tackles may cause some evaluators to be a bit apprhensive. But, if the Gator can harness the electricity he flashes, Elam could end up being one of the top safeties in this class and is a potential first-round pick.” Click here for Elam’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Quintin Mikell
Fanspeak.com – Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International – Updated 3/4/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “One of the hardest-hitting safeties in the 2013 draft class, Cyprien offers enough range to be reliable in box coverage while displaying an aggressive mentality againt ball carriers and receivers. He plays smart, and that might be the most improtant trait when looking at safeties. However, despite it being unique, Cyprien doesn’t have a very well known name … yet.” Click here for Cyprien’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Jordan Babineaux
NFL Draft Geek – Eric Reid, S, LSU – Updated 3/1/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “The next SEC safety on which scouts have their eye, Reid brings the size, athleticism, intelligence and toughness to become an impact player in coverage (14 passes defended in the last two seasons) as well as against the run (91 total tackles) at the next level. The junior can get too overaggressive with his angles, but if Reid can rein in the athleticism, he has plenty of range to make plays all over the field.” Click here for Reid’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Mark Barron
Football Fan Spot – Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut – Updated 3/1/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “Wreh-Wilson is a tall, tough corner, with some ball skills. His length and short area quickness makes him an intriguing prospect, but his inability to quickly flip his hips and his lack of deep, recovery speed will likely limit him to a zone-based scheme.” Click here for Wreh-Wilson’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Derek Cox
DraftTek – Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers – Updated 3/6/2013
Scouting Combine Bio: “Teams that value physicality and tackling ability from their corners will surely like Ryan. He’s an active, physical player that often finds himself around the football. He’s not the fastest, and will need to clean up his technique in order to be successful at the next level, but he is still likely to be a second-day selection.” Click here for Logan’s complete combine profile.
NFL Comparison: Dunta Robinson
We won’t stop here as this will be the first of weekly mock draft updates as we inch closer to April’s draft.
Out of the players above, who do you think would be a good fit in the Redskins secondary?
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