Combine preview: Cornerbacks

Combine preview: Cornerbacks
February 16, 2013, 6:30 am
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With the NFL Scouting Combine set to begin Wednesday in Indianapolis, it’s time to take a look at the invitees the Redskins could have a keen interest in monitoring. 

With a defense that ranked 30th in passing yards yielded and tied for 31st in passing touchdowns allowed, one area Mike Shanahan and Co. will likely consider upgrading is cornerback. Here are three prospects pegged for the second or third round that could address that need: 

Name: Jordan Poyer

School: Oregon State

The skinny: Poyer is a tough, aggressive player who relies on his football smarts to compensate for a lack of elite speed. The 6-0, 182-pounder intercepted seven passes (and returned them for a total of 122 yards last season) to go along with 51 tackles, including five for loss. Three of his interceptions came in a 19-6 win over Washington State in October. Poyer also defended 14 passes, returned 10 punts for an average of 7.1 yards per and was named to the AP All-America first team.

Name: Jamar Taylor

School: Boise State

The skinny: An instinctual and technically sound player who possesses superior speed, Taylor excels in both pass coverage and run defense. At 5-11, 192 pounds, the Broncos’ senior recorded 51 tackles, including 2.5 sacks (for a total loss of 24 yards) in 2012. Taylor also possesses strong ball skills; he posted a team-high four interceptions last season and also defended 13 passes. In 2011, he was reportedly clocked in the 40 by Boise State coaches at 4.33 seconds.

Name: Darius Slay

School: Mississippi State

The skinny: Although Slay was overshadowed by teammate Johnthan Banks, a fellow cornerback projected to be selected in the first round, he managed to make a name for himself as a senior. At 6-1, 190, Slay possesses good straight-line speed, long arms and a nose for the ball. Last season, he recorded 40 tackles and five interceptions that he returned for a total of 101 yards and one touchdown. Slay was also named Second Team All-SEC.