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Old 02-15-2013, 07:46 AM   #16
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I would say its certain that the Skins will use an early pic on a DB . Maybe a F/A also . I think how well cb's Crawford and Minnifield look might affect how we draft. Merriweather and T. Jackson returning could only help . Maybe find a De/Lb in the mid rounds who can really put heat on the Qb ?
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I would say its certain that the Skins will use an early pic on a DB . Maybe a F/A also . I think how well cb's Crawford and Minnifield look might affect how we draft. Merriweather and T. Jackson returning could only help . Maybe find a De/Lb in the mid rounds who can really put heat on the Qb ?
Well how did they look? Minniefield cannot be counted on to be healthy and Crawford looked decent but certainly isnt ready to start. At this point, I think they are competing for depth at the CB position. I dont think they affect how we draft.
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Well how did they look? Minniefield cannot be counted on to be healthy and Crawford looked decent but certainly isnt ready to start. At this point, I think they are competing for depth at the CB position. I dont think they affect how we draft.
I was suggesting , if the coaches see something over the next 2 months , such as Minnifield running at 100% they might take a ( S ) or ( T ) in rd 2 as opposed to a ( CB ) because of a run on corners in rd 2. As far a Merriweather and T Jackson , how they look or how much they really like them as opposed to who is available in rd/s 2 & 3 could affect which pics they make . I hope we draft either CB or S with our 2nd rd pic , we need a pro bowl type guy in our secondary . Im confident that Allen and Co. will make the necessary moves in regards to the secondary .
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T Jax shouldnt be on the team. He's a free agent and shouldnt be resigned.
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T Jax shouldnt be on the team. He's a free agent and shouldnt be resigned.
Yeah he's not even eligible for reinstatement until Aug 31, meaning he can't even step foot in Redskins Park all offseason. Hard to see him back with the team.
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T Jax shouldnt be on the team. He's a free agent and shouldnt be resigned.
T Jax is good as gone.
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I was suggesting , if the coaches see something over the next 2 months , such as Minnifield running at 100% they might take a ( S ) or ( T ) in rd 2 as opposed to a ( CB ) because of a run on corners in rd 2. As far a Merriweather and T Jackson , how they look or how much they really like them as opposed to who is available in rd/s 2 & 3 could affect which pics they make . I hope we draft either CB or S with our 2nd rd pic , we need a pro bowl type guy in our secondary. Im confident that Allen and Co. will make the necessary moves in regards to the secondary .
You make a good point about the development of players who are already on the roster affecting draft day decisions. In the case of drafting a CB, it's not just the development of CB's who are already on the roster that might affect the round(s) in which we take a CB but many other circumstances, as well.

For example, what if the Skins are very pleased with the progress that OT Tom Compton has made and rate him above any potential Right OT that they might get in the draft. That might cause them to turn away from drafting an OT in Rnd 2 who they rate higher than a CB who they decide to draft instead.

What if London Fletcher decides to retire? Would the Skins move heaven and earth to move up into Rnd 1 to draft a player like Kevin Minter? That would probably mean trading our 2nd Rnd pick and more.

Regardless of what we do internally or by way of FA to upgrade the CB and/or safety positions, I feel certain that we're going to address both of those areas at some point in the draft. That's because we need more depth in those positions and this year's draft is deeper than usual at those positions.
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Agree with you KI , we should be able to find both S and CB in what looks like a deep draft !
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Scouts take on Cornerbacks from Keim's report:

Eyeing the draft: Cornerbacks

With no first-round pick, the Redskins wont have a chance to grab one of the elite players at a position. But they still can find a solid player in the second. Considering cornerback is a position of need even if they keep DeAngelo Hall and re-sign Cedric Griffin well take a look at this spot with the help from ex-NFL scout Russ Lande, currently in charge of scouting for the National Football Post. These are not Landes official rankings but rather grouped by projected rounds.

The top corners in the draft are easy to identify: Alabamas Dee Milliner and Florida States Xavier Rhodes. Lande said Milliner is a real athletic kid, powerful. Willing to play physical, which NFL teams love because most corners are not. Hes the whole package. And of Rhodes, Lande said, Very good size. Well-built kid. He can run. Hes been a dominant guy since he stepped on the field at Florida State. Hell play, and hell play early.

A couple high-round guys we did not discuss: Rutgers Logan Ryan and Southeastern Louisianas Robert Alford, both of whom project as second-rounders. Ex-Redskins safety Matt Bowen likes Alford: Hes 5-9, but Tim Jennings had nine picks for the Bears, and hes about 5-2. It doesnt really matter. Alford competes. Ryan, at 6-feet, 190 pounds, has good size and plays physical. But he only runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5s.

Heres what Lande has to say about the other corners who could tempt the Redskins in the second and third rounds (if theyre available).

Desmond Trufant, Washington

A lot of scouts see him as a third- or fourth-round player off film, but at the Senior Bowl he was awesome. Ive heard a lot of scouts say, I dont like him. Hes 5-11 and will run in the mid to low 4.4s, and he had a great week in front of the coaches. Hell be a first-round pick, and hell get picked on. Hes athletic and willing to play physical. He is tough. The question is can he become a more consistent corner. Hell get picked higher than his production warrants because hes so gifted.

Range Late first-early second. Hes unlikely to fall to the Redskins pick at 51.

Jamar Taylor, Boise State

Hes a well-built kid, and he is explosive. He can close on the ball in a heartbeat. He really impresses me. Hell be a very good player. Hes a tough, physical aggressive corner. He has very quick feet. He has a nice backpedal. He can change directions easily. Hes a little aggressive trying to make plays, and that will lead to him biting on receivers when they make a fake or when a quarterback pump fakes it. Hes the type of guy physically who can stay with most receivers. He has good size. Hes an intriguing kid. Hes a guy I wouldnt be shocked if a month from now people are talking about him as a late first-round pick. When youre 5-11 and explosive, which he is, those guys tend to zoom up the draft boards.

Range Late first-second.

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

Hes one of the most interesting corners in the draft. When you look at him physically and watch him play, there are many similarities to Jimmy Smith in terms of pure talent. Hes a long linear kid who can run and has loose hips and great coverage skills and instincts. Hes just real thin. He gets pushed around at the point of attack, and receivers get open because they shove him off. But its hard to find 6-2 corners with great feet and natural hips and good coverage skills. Thats the type of guy you want to take a gamble on. Hes a smart kid; hes already graduated. He has a lot of positive traits in terms of character and intangibles, which leads me to believe hell keep getting better. There are a lot of scouts that like him.

Range Late first-second.

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

Hes very instinctive, a little thin. Great break on the ball. Poyer was also at the Senior Bowl. Hes a good player, but hes not a blazer. That will be the thing that leads him to being there in the second round. Ill bet he runs in the mid 4.5s at the combine, but hes a really good player. He has a good feel for whats going on. Hes one of those guys who gets in the league without a lot of pub and two years later when hes a good starter youre like, How did he end up being drafted in the second round? He has a feel you cant teach. He reads the route combinations, the quarterback. He reads all of that well.

Range Second-third round.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State

Hes a kid that three years from now people will say, Son of a gun, hes another guy we overlooked. If you just watched film and never worried about 40 times, youd say his production warrants a first- or second-round grade. Hes 5-10. Hes physical. Hes aggressive. Hes so smooth and athletic, and his technique is great. Hes just not a fast kid, so premier fast guys will run by him. But the bulk of receivers, hell stay on their hip and disrupt their route. He reads the route, he closes and he makes plays on the ball. Then you add in the fact that hes not only willing but he loves to come up and make hits and tackle. Hes a really good player. I dont think hell run well; Id say high 4.5s. But every scout I speak to is saying, I hope my team snares him in the third round; I think hell be a starter even though he runs bad.

Range Third-fourth round.

Darius Slay, Mississippi State

Hes not as well-known as the Banks kid, who is obviously a premier prospect. But hes a really good player. You watch film on this kid, and hes the type of guy who gets overlooked because Banks is playing across from him. But hes a good sized kid 6-1 or 5-11 and a half. A good athlete. Hes a quick twitch kid who can explode and close on the ball. Definitely as a slot corner hell play, and he has potential to be a starter.

Range Third round.

Terry Hawthorne, Illinois

Talk about a kid who should be a first-round pick. Hes 6-foot, and he can run with anybody. Hes a tremendous athlete. But I dont know what it is. I spoke to a bunch of different scouts, and they think its a lack of football instincts with him because he has no real awareness where the receiver is or when the ball is coming. Hes often right there, right on the hip, and then the guy turns and catches the ball, and he has no idea its coming. But hes a gifted kid who I think will work out tremendously well. Itll lead to some team taking a gamble on him way higher than his production dictates.

As a possible safety: A big part of that is because hes not great when his back is to the quarterback. When youre in coverage and he cant watch the quarterback, he struggles. When he can watch the quarterback, hes more effective. I dont think hes consistently physical as a tackler, and he doesnt fly up to make tackles. Those guys make me nervous putting them at safety.

Range Fifth round.

More corner chatter

Is Chase Minnifield a realistic option for 2013? Difficult to say, but theres a definite sense that the Redskins would not have kept him around after the ACL surgery on his knee last summer otherwise. It marked the second time in six months that he needed surgery on that knee, the first being a microfracture surgery in January. The problem with microfracture surgeries is that it increases the likelihood of more surgery for that knee.

But the point is this: If the Redskins did not think Minnifield might help them, they would not have kept him around. Hes working out at Redskins Park and said to be running fine on the treadmill. Of course, cutting is another matter. Its uncertain when the Redskins would let him return to full-time work in terms of offseason practices.

Theres still a risk of him incurring further injury because of the surgeries hes had, so fingers must be constantly crossed with him. Still, the Redskins are telling people that hes rehabbing well. Eventually well find out how well.

So Pro Football Focus suggested Bills corner Leodis McKelvin as a potential target for the Redskins? Heres what one Bills insider said in an email about McKelvin: 1 of 10 most physically gifted CBs in the league, but relies solely on physical ability, and that gets him in trouble. Rarely in position to make plays on the ball. Inconsistent with his leverage, doesnt have a feel for his coverage assignments week to week. Just kind of goes out and plays. Dynamic returner because his physical ability can take over, but when he has to read plays and make quick decisions, hes late to the party on defense.
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Safety prospects from Keim's report:

Eyeing the draft: Safety

With no first-round pick the Redskins wont have a chance to grab one of the elite players at a position. But they can still find a solid player in the second. Considering safety is a primary position of need, well take a look at this spot first with the help from ex-NFL scout Russ Lande, currently in charge of scouting for the National Football Post. These are not Landes official rankings, but rather grouped by projected rounds. There are two corners included because some teams consider them best at safety.

1. FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

Hes the only guy that is consistently productive in coverage, not just playing deep. There were one or two times this year they brought him down and said this receiver is your guy and he covered him the whole game. He can cover in the slot, the tight end, deep. He comes up in run support. Hes a hitter and a tackler. Hes a top-10 guy in the draft better than Mark Barron coming out a year ago. Theres no question hes a better athlete.

Range: First round. Barron was picked seventh by Tampa Bay last April. Obviously the Redskins have no shot at him.

2. FS Eric Reid, LSU

Hell be the next guy picked. Hes a tremendous athlete, a highly competitive kid who loves blowing plays up. He flies around the field and plays with an Im going to knock your head off attitude. He gets out of control and misses tackles but athletically hes all there. He has great range. Id like to see more consistency. He likes to bite on stuff.

Range: Middle of the first round to around 25. Thats too early for the Redskins.

3. SS Matt Elam, Florida

Hes a very intriguing kid. Hell have issues. Hes the old-school, close-to-the-line-of-scrimmage safety. There arent many teams that play with differentiated safeties. Most have to cover and this kid has issues in coverage. Hes not great in coverage. Hes not a big kid, but he can run with guys man to man. But at 5-foot-10, its an issue defending the pass against tight ends. Against the run this kid is a missile. He attacks the play. He can get through traffic. Hes more a launch-and-hit guy than a wrap-up guy. Theres a lot to like about what he contributes against the run; hes a physical player. He could be exposed in coverage at the next level. He may be a backup, but hell be a dynamic special teams guy.

Range: Second round. He could be available at 51 when the Redskins pick.

4. SS Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

This kid walks in the room and [people are like], Thats my guy. Hes muscled up, thick, but athletic. He has nice feet and can peddle and change direction. Hes what you want in todays NFL. He can be a box guy, but he can cover. It wouldnt floor me if he ends up being the second or third safety taken. Hes a really good player. But small-school guys arent well-known and that will cause some teams to pass him up. He occasionally would get flexed deep and at the Senior Bowl people were shocked at how easily he moved and his range. I was standing with a DB coach who has been in the NFL or Division I college football for more than 20 years and he said, Russ, Im telling you those are the feet of a starting safety. This is what you want in a starting safety.

Range: Second. At one point he seemed like a safe bet to be available for the Redskins first pick. But after offseason workouts he could go higher.

5. FS Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Hes an athletic kid and can run. He has great coverage skills, especially when you look at the history of covering in the slot and tight ends. Hes not afraid to hit guys even though hes slender-framed. Hes not big. Hes versatile.

Range: Second-third round. Hell be available for Washington. One good thing for the Redskins: Their ex-linebackers coach, Kirk Olivadotti, is Georgias linebackers coach and could provide a good scouting report for them.

6. FS Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

Very athletic. Long, linear. He can hit but he misses a ton of tackles. He really misses a lot of tackles. A low, dive-and-lunge guy. I wonder about his overall awareness. He often seems lost in coverage. Hes an athlete and hell probably work out well.

Range: Second-third round. Clearly in the Redskins range.

7. FS Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

Hes one of those typical Fresno State guys who plays with a chip on their shoulder. An aggressive kid. Good at everything, but not elite at anything. Thats why teams like him. Hes not a special athlete, but hes a good one. Hes effective in coverage. Hes not Ed Reed. Overall hes just one of those guys who will probably be a workmanlike starter, but not a guy you read about much. He does his job and doesnt make errors but he wont make highlight-reel plays. Hell be a consistent guy. Hell have some trouble with really fast guys if you pair him up one on one, but otherwise hes a good solid player.

Range: Second-third round.

8. FS T.J. McDonald, Southern California

Im not a big fan of him. Someone will take him in the second or at worst in the third. Hes what you want when getting off the bus. He looks like an All-Pro specimen. But when you put in the game film hes a disappointment. He doesnt attack the play; hes hoping teammates make the play. When he wants to he makes it, but hes not a consistent tackler. He can be one of those guys who strikes a guy and knocks him off his feet and does it with great technique about once a game. He can run and he has range deep and over the tight end but I dont know if hes instinctive or not being real aggressive. But he always seems to be on the periphery and not involved in a lot of plays. At the Senior Bowl I had a few people say he didnt look good moving around with those other athletes.

Range: Second-third round.

9. CB/FS David Amerson, N.C. State

Hes been a corner his whole life. Many projected him as a top-10 pick as a corner [before last season]. But hes not a fast guy. If a team plays cover-2 and their corners dont have to be great runners, or if you want a real athletic safety whos willing to hit, he could be the sleeper safety of the draft. Hes tall, linear and for a safety he can run and is athletic.

Range: Second to third round. His future could be at corner or safety.

10. SS Shawn Williams, Georgia

One kid who will go higher than he should. I could see any team where the coaches have the power falling in love with him. Like McDonald, walking off the bus this kid is unbelievable. He has the intangibles, the leadership. Hes top of the line and hes freaky smart so when you put him on the chalkboard hell be unbelievable. The problem is hes not very good. But hes a three-year starter and so smart that some team will say hell be a great last guy on defense and making the calls. But hell have trouble in coverage because even though hes athletic ,hes not natural in terms of football. Even at the Senior Bowl where he wasnt impressive he just looks the part. Rambo is the better player.

Range: Third round.

11. SS Duke Williams, Nevada

The kid who may end up being the best of all of them other than Vacarro. Hes a violent player. He flies up the field. He also played a bunch of corner. Hes 6-foot or 5-11 and is versatile, and in todays NFL teams will love having a guy like him because he can move around. Hes a smart kid. Hes one of the more intriguing guys at the position because of his experience at corner and his willingness to hit. Hell test great on the chalkboard.

Range: Third-fifth rounds.

12. FS D.J. Swearinger, Clemson

He has experience covering and being deep. Hes aggressive. He has great range and versatility. I like him. Hes not a guy you take in the second, but in the third or fourth round area hes very intriguing. Hes a good player.

Range: Fourth round.

13. CB/FS Micah Hyde, Iowa

Hes not a high pick, maybe a fourth rounder. Hes a very intriguing kid. He started his whole career at corner. Hes a tall, long-armed linear athlete. But hes not an explosive kid, which is why he could be moved out of corner and to safety. But hes so smooth and a very bright kid. I dont love him, but I could see him being that type of guy who people arent high on but who gets into camp and you say hes a smooth, fluid athlete and does all the things you want him to do.

Range: Fourth-sixth rounds.

14. SS JJ Wilcox, Georgia Southern

Hes a dominant small-school kid. The big question on him is when you watch a play he looks like hes fast enough and a good athlete, but you want to see how he handles it in coverage in the NFL. The biggest issue I have with him is, does he have the athleticism and speed to cover at the NFL level?

Range: Fifth-sixth round.

15. SS Cooper Taylor, Richmond

He has a chance to not just make it but be good. He started his career at Georgia Tech. He measured in at 6-4 and 225 pounds and he looked so athletic for a big kid with such range. I know a lot of teams dont like tall safeties because they dont feel they can change directions and can be exposed. But in all-star games he doesnt look like he has any issue in coverage.

Range: Late rounds.
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Thanks for the scouting of DBs Chico . I read some similar scouting reports on Walters football and rotoworld .
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2. FS Eric Reid, LSU

Hell be the next guy picked. Hes a tremendous athlete, a highly competitive kid who loves blowing plays up. He flies around the field and plays with an Im going to knock your head off attitude. He gets out of control and misses tackles but athletically hes all there. He has great range. Id like to see more consistency. He likes to bite on stuff.

Did anyone read this about Eric Reid and think:

2. FS Laron Landry, LSU

Hell be the next guy picked. Hes a tremendous athlete, a highly competitive kid who loves blowing plays up. He flies around the field and plays with an Im going to knock your head off attitude. He gets out of control and misses tackles but athletically hes all there. He has great range. Id like to see more consistency. He likes to bite on stuff.
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Did anyone read this about Eric Reid and think:

2. FS Laron Landry, LSU

Hell be the next guy picked. Hes a tremendous athlete, a highly competitive kid who loves blowing plays up. He flies around the field and plays with an Im going to knock your head off attitude. He gets out of control and misses tackles but athletically hes all there. He has great range. Id like to see more consistency. He likes to bite on stuff.
Yes , LOL . Everyone likes Reid , but every scouting report says the same thing , gets beat too often . The .... Jets , Raiders or Rams can have him.
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Regarding the scouting reports, I have some observations and opinions on some of these players, as well. I'm just an average guy who loves NFL football and who has closely watched players for over 50 years, so I do have a point of reference. I'd like to share some of my quick and dirty observations on these players.

CB's

First of all, I agree with the author that Milliner, Rhodes, and Trufant should go before we pick. However, I'm surprised that he didn't list Johnthan Banks as one of the top corners in the draft. I would rate him second behind only Milliner who, IMO, is clearly the best CB in the draft.

The rest of the corners that I would rate as Tier 1 are Poyer, Ryan, Alford, and (surprise!) Adrian Bushell. Any of those players could either fall to us or be drafted before we pick at #51 (except for Bushell).

IMO, Alford covers as well as any CB in this draft. Half the time, it almost looks like he's the WR.

Poyer is one of my favorites because he is a playmaker who is an exciting PR. We'll have to see how he runs at the Combine.

I see Bushell as a potential bargain in the draft. He might go as low as the 4th or 5th Rnd but he is fast, he covers well, tackles well, and is a great ST player as a KR/PR.

Now for my Tier 2 CB's:

I sincerely hope that Jamar Taylor is taken by somebody in the 1st or early 2nd Round because I think he's an average prospect and that will leave one more good CB for us. Taylor is a willing tackler, though.

To me, Leon Mcfadden has everything you would want in a CB. He's very talented but, I think, a bit raw. He's a converted WR, so that's to be expected. he'd be a very nice pick in the 4th Rnd.

Terry Hawthorne is no NFL CB at all, IMO. However, I think he could be a very good NFL safety, in time. He's strong, fast, and a great tackler. He'd be a very nice 6th Rnd pick as a safety, IMO.

Safeties

On to the safeties. Man, there are a lot of good safety prospects, IMO.

Kenny Vaccaro is #1 and it ain't even close. Here's my initial note on him: "Heat-seeking missle!" He could be a great one.

I'm not nearly as positive about Eric Reid. He is a punishing tackler with good range but can he cover and is he fast enough? I say let's hope that another team takes him before we draft and let them find out.

I don't share the writer's concerns about Matt Elam. He is a great tackler with good range.

Cyprien has good size, great range, and he competes well. But he seems to me to play a bit out of control. He may not go as high as they think.

I think Baccari Rambo would be a good pick for us in Rnd 3. He is a silky smooth athlete with size, very good ball skills, and he's a good tackler. Who wouldn't want a player named Rambo as their FS?

I don't understand the concerns about Tony Jefferson. I think he is dynamic player who does it all. I've had my eye on him for years.

Ah yes, Phillip Thomas! According to the article Thomas is "an aggressive kid" who is "good at everything, but not elite at anything". I strongly disagree with those observations. Thomas has spectacular ball skills, he's a big hitter, and he's an outstanding blitzer. I would be thrilled if the Skins were to draft him in the 3rd Rnd.

As the man said, T.J. McDonald is not a willing tackler. I would not draft him.

I also agree with the author on David Amerson. He could either struggle as a CB or excel as a safety. I like him a lot at FS. He's very big and he's a great athlete with good hands.

I like Shawn Williams. Maybe I shouldn't like him so much but he really knows how to play the game and he'll knock your damn head off. He will be feared in the NFL.

Duke Williams is a hitter who can cover. He has good size and speed. It bothers me that he often takes bad angles. Would I take him as a 5th or 6th round pick? Sure.

I really like DJ Swearinger. He is a very tough player who can do it all. Lack of speed might be an issue with him.

To me, JJ Wilcox has all the skills you want as well as good size but he looks like someone who will need to be developed as a player. Could be a 6th Rnd pick.

I don't know enough about Micah Hyde and Cooper Taylor to comment on them.
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No longer were NFL coaches dealing inflexibly with spread [QBs] in ways that caused stunted development for players like [A. Smith and Vick] now, the idea is to bring what the quarterback can do, and what he should do, together as an organic whole
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