The Redskins 2012 draft will rise or fall based on the success of their picks in the third and fourth rounds. They are getting their quarterback of the future with their top pick, they traded away their second rounder, and anything you can get from the fifth round on is gravy. Those middle-round picks will be important, especially since the team is without its first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
Between now and the draft, were going to identify some of the players who the Redskins might target when they come on the clock for those three picks (one in the third and two in the fourth). Today, we look at Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming. See the bottom of the page for a list of those previously featured.Jamell Fleming
OklahomaHeightWeight:5-10 58,206 lb40 time: 4.46Best attributes: Timing, zone coverage
Needs to work on: Footwork, techniqueThe redshirt senior and two-time All-Big 12 performer started 24 games the past two seasons, picking off seven passes for the Sooners. As a junior Fleming finished second nationally with 19 passes defended, including five interceptions. Though physically nothing special, his closing speed should benefit him in zone defense scenarios. Fleming's success came at a school known forhavinghypeddefensive backs who lose the love of scouts before draft day or turn into mediocre options (at best) on the pro level.Some analysts have him going in rounds 2-3while others have Fleming barely inside the top 30 corners in this class. Postionally, the Redskins need help in this area and even if he needs time to develop, Fleming can help on special teams as he did with Oklahoma.Flemingon Fleming(Playing against Ryan Tannehill and identifying his own weak areas): "I got three interceptions in my career against him....I mean he can throw. Not just to me. But hes a competitor. The biggest thing about him is that hes competitive, especially last year when we lost. He threw two interceptions to me, but he kept fighting and scratching and thats the biggest thing I think about him...My footwork. Just keep moving my feet. Dont get dead feet. I am fast, quick and
all that. Just got to keep them going:SummariesPro Football WeeklyTemporarily dismissed from OU prior to the season (academic misconduct), but regained his spot and elevated his play in 2011 when he was consistently around the ball. Will not appeal to everyone, but could be functional in zones and best protected by the boundary. Wes Bunting, National Football PostHe's a balanced, coordinated kid who keeps his feet under him when changing directions and can turn and run. Doesn't give up much separation, knows how to make plays on the football and if he can improve as a tackler looks like a guy who warrants a starting job in the NFL down the line.
Previously on Redskins draft radar:CB Dwight Bentley C Ben Jones OL Tony Bergstrom RB Robert Turbin RB Bernard Pierce CB Jayron Hosley C Philip Blake OT Zebrie Sanders OL Lucas Nix CB Chase Minnifield ILB Bobby Wagner TE Ladarius GreenILB James-Micahel JohnsonBen Standigblogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C. area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at email@example.com follow him on Twitter @BenStandig