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2013 Draft Members Have Chance To Start

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 29, 2013 – 12:35 pm


(AP Photo)

Unlike last year’s draft where the Redskins were determined to move up from their original draft slot of sixth overall to draft one of the biggest college prospects, the team stood pat during the 2013 NFL Draft and let everyone know that they weren’t going anywhere.

They didn’t move and they didn’t drop back; they kept their seven draft picks and added depth and addressed need at the same time.

Standing firm with what we currently have has been a recurring theme this offseason as the Redskins return all but one starter from last year’s squad.

Going into the draft, though, secondary was an area of interest for the 2012 NFC East champs as it seemed like every “expert” was tabbing a corner or safety to come to the Nation’s Capital.

Did they predict three DBs, two of which led the NCAA in interception, would join the team?

Was there anyone that thought they would land Phillip Thomas and Baccari Rambo, both of whom were linked to the N0. 51 overall pick, in the latter half of the draft?

ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano looked into his crystal ball for the NFL future for trio and sees some starters for the upcoming campaign.

David Amerson was a beast during his sophomore year at NC State.

Seriously. There’s no other way to describe it.

13 interceptions in 13 games is unheard of. And then on top of it, he had three interceptions in his first three games to start of his last year in Raleigh.

Graziano sees big things in the former Wolf Pack star’s future, but with three seasoned veterans at corner, he’ll have some time to work with defensive backs coach Raheem Morris before taking the field as a starter.

Cornerback David Amerson, selected in the second round with the Redskins’ first pick of this year’s draft, needs help staying disciplined in coverage and must work on his tackling. But he knows how to make a play on the ball, and Mike Shanahan believes that’s a lot harder to coach into someone than those first two things are. Amerson doesn’t need to play much this year, with Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hallstarting and E.J. Biggers as the No. 3 corner. Get him with secondary coach Raheem Morris and see if he can shore up the trouble areas and make him into something special.

Unlike corner where there is a clear depth hierarchy, safety is one of the most wide open positions on the team as far as competition.

With the selections of Thomas and Rambo the Redskins now have nine safeties; however, there are no clear cut favorites on who will be taking the field September 9th against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brandon Meriweather and Jordan Bernstine are recovering from severe injuries, Devin Holland has never taken the field for the Burgundy and Gold, and Jordan Pugh who was signed to replace Bernstine after he went down against the New Orleans Saints, has only three career NFL starts.

Reed Doughty could be called on once again to be a spot starter, but it seems more realistic that he will take over leadership duties for the special teams with the departure of Lorenzo Alexander. Tanard Jackson is a wildcard in the equation as his role remains a question after his year-long suspension in 2012.

That leaves the door wide open for the two 2013 draft selections to become starters right out of the gate.

Safeties Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo were fourth-round and sixth-round selections, respectively. Because the position is vacant, it’s not crazy to think either or both could compete for the starting free safety spot this year. But that’s not the main reason they were picked. Shanahan took these players because they represented good value at their slots and played a position at which his roster is thin. He’s playing the percentages with guys who were playmakers in college, and if one of these two ends up being a starter, that’ll help this look like a good draft in retrospect. If both do, he’s struck gold.

Keep tabs on the safety battle at training camp. It will be hotter than the August heat in Virginia’s capital.

Hail to the Redskins!

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4 Responses to “2013 Draft Members Have Chance To Start”

  1. By Sully on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Amerson was a beast his sophomore year. He got beat his junior year. Regardless, I like the pick and think they will be able to correct his flaws. Great draft.

  2. By PK on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Why don’t we start Thomas at SS and Rambo at FS

  3. By jdouble777 on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    We are looking at the following at Safety and Cornerback:

    Merriweather, Gomes, Doughty, Jackson, Thomas, and Rambo

    Hall, Wilson, Biggers, Amerson, Crawford, and Minniefield

    Call me crazy, but I think we finally have a little depth and Hall is undoubtedly not going to safety. Luckily, the legit group of the bunch is the starting two corners because the depth certainly is not as friendly there. Amerson will likely step up quickly, optimistic I know, and overtake Biggers…but still…we need some help there…

    I HATE losing Alexander, but Tapp and Rob Jackson provide plenty of depth should Orakpo finally stay healthy. We are not nearly as favorable in the middle where the heir apparent to London should be grooming. Shanny!? Kehl, Robinson, and even Longhorns standout Robinson are not likely to handle that role… What is the answer? I like a highlight reel TE as much as the next guy, but really dropped the ball there, IMO. The line is still worrisome, but it is the same as last year and that line looked admirable. We will see, if we have basically the same team as last year with some young talent lingering all over the secondary we should be pretty good. That said, Griff’s health, Alfred’s ability to repeat, Garcon’s contribution, Davis’s recovery, Orakpo overcoming this pectoral issue, etc. are all questions…we handle ALL of that last year and won the East, without ALL of that we will be scary.

  4. By Timmeh on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    Please don’t quote Graziano as if he is an authority, he thinks Romo is the greatest QB of all time. So his opinion = shite

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