Inside the Redskins draft: Defensive backs

Inside the Redskins draft: Defensive backs
April 22, 2011, 4:37 pm
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Friday, April 22, 2011 9:00 By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger
CSNwashington.com Need: With the possibility that both Carlos Rogers and Phillip Buchanon, two of the Redskins top three corners in 2010, leave via free agency, this is a potential need that has not received much attention. They could choose to cover their bases and take a cornerback with starter potential in this draft, they could let Kevin Barnes and Byron Westbrook fight it out for the job, or they could take their chances and get a corner when free agency starts (assuming that it does at some point). The starting safety spots are well covered with LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe. The Redskins may look later in the draft for depth to challenge Reid Doughty, Kareem Moore, and Chris Horton. Target rounds: It would be surprising if they took a corner with their top pick but its within the realm of possibility. Keep your eyes open for a corner anywhere from the second round on back, especially if they are able to trade back and get a third- or fourth-round pick.If a safety is the best player on the board at some point during rounds 5-7 the Redskins could look there. Inside the selection If they do pull off the stunner and go cornerback in the first round, Prince Amukamara of Nebraska is likely to be the best one on the board. Patrick Peterson, the top corner, is likely to be gone by then. Amukamara is a step or two of speed away from being an elite corner but hes certainly capable of starting right away and for many years. If they are able to pick up a mid-round pick or two a couple of local players, Rashad Carmichael of Virginia Tech and Ras-I Dowling of Virginia, could be under consideration. Tandlers Top Ten Defensive backs Prospects are rated considering where the Redskins might be looking for players at the position and the players fit with the Redskins schemes. Prince Amukamara, CB, NebraskaGood instincts, will be good but not greatJimmy Smith, CB, ColoradoExcellent athlete, lacks polishBrandon Harris, CB, Miami (FL)Has great makeup and closing speed, footwork needs workMarcus Gilchrist, S, ClemsonSafetycorner hybrid who could be a good nickel backRashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia TechGood ball skills, could play nickel right away, start eventuallyChimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio StateSize and speed impressive but tackling needs workNate Williams, S, WashingtonGood nose for the football, lacks rangeJaiquawn Jarrett, S, TemplePhysical tacklerRas-I Dowling, CB, VirginiaSmart player, may struggle in man to man coverageRyan Hill, CB, Miami (FL)Converted wide receiver who could be a late-round projectFor more coverage, go to CSN's draft page. Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler. Special thanks to Wes Bunting of the National Football Post for his assistance.