Rambo among top prospects at safety

Rambo among top prospects at safety
February 26, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Indianapolis – If the Redskins hope to add a playmaking safety in April’s draft, one player they might consider is Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo.

“I describe myself as the quarterback of our secondary,” he said Sunday at NFL's scouting combine. “At the University of Georgia, I made all the calls. I’m a ballhawk. I have great instincts. I’m a leader. If you need a big play or an interception, or forced fumble, I can be that guy for your team.” 

Rambo’s statistics back up his self-confidence. In four seasons at Georgia, he intercepted 16 passes and returned three of them for touchdowns. He also picked off a pass in last month’s Senior Bowl.

“The past couple years I had a lot of interceptions,” he said. “I didn’t have too many big hits. So I consider myself as a cover safety.”

Some NFL teams, however, may have questions about Rambo’s off the field behavior. He was suspended twice as a Bulldog reportedly for failing drug tests. 

“Once the [teams] get to know me, and they can sit down and talk to me, they can see my true character,” he explained when asked about the effect the suspensions might have on his draft stock. 

Rambo is projected by some talent evaluators as a second or third round pick; the Redskins’ first selection is 51st overall. 

If Washington passes on Rambo, there are a handful of other safeties the team may target. Assuming top-rated talents Kenny Vacarro (Texas) and Eric Reid (LSU) are off the board by the time they pick, Mike Shanahan and Co. could find another potential starter in Phillip Thomas (Fresno State), Johnathan Cyprien (Florida International), Matt Elam (Florida) or D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina), among others.

But there’s only one correct choice in Rambo's mind.

“I see myself as the best,” he said.