MOBILE, Ala.—On Tuesday, draft analyst Josh Norris of NBC Sports and Rotoworld discussed Senior Bowl participants who might be able to help the Redskins on offense.
Today, Norris covered prospects who could be of assistance on defense. In his estimation, the Redskins' priorities this offseason include the addition of an inside linebacker to provide depth and, perhaps, become a starter in short order as well as a versatile safety.
Here are Norris’ suggestions:
Name/school: Chris Borland/Wisconsin
Size/position/stats: 5-11, 246/inside linebacker/111 tackles, 8.5 for loss
Norris’ comment: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he earns some Zach Thomas comparisons because of his size. He’s under 6-feet tall, but he’s so technical. You see these linebackers who are more athletes than competitors, that don’t attack these blockers. But he does. He uses everything he has. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up in the fourth or fifth round because the NFL is obsessed with size.”
Name/school: Jimmie Ward/Northern Illinois
Size/position/stats: 5-11,192/safety/95 tackles, 7 INTs
Norris’ comment: “He’s a safety that’s somewhat interchangeable. He can wind up in the back half. He can step up closer to the line of scrimmage as a strong safety. He can cover slot prospects and tight ends and that’s something that is really growing in importance in the NFL now. [Bacarri] Rambo and Thomas, to me, coming out were more back half, free safeties that roamed and could run underneath deep routes and pick off passes. So a safety like Jimmie Ward would be a big upgrade.”