Earlier this week, I wrote that the Redskins best course in the draft might be to look to taking a cornerback in the third or fourth round of the draft instead of trying to address the safety need. This article from NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter also suggests that might a wise course of action.
Reuter broke down the strengths and weaknesses in the draft and the strongest area was cornerback. “Dwight Bentley (Louisiana-Lafayette), Jamell Fleming (Oklahoma), Jayron Hosley (Virginia Tech), Josh Robinson (UCF) lead a strong contingent of top 100 cornerbacks,” he wrote.
With the Redskins first pick after they take their quarterback of the future second overall coming at the 69th selection there seems to be a very good chance that a cornerback will be the best player available when they pick. And it certainly is possible that one or two of those top 100 talents could slip back to one of the Redskins’ fourth-round picks (102 and 109 overall).
Reuter warns that teams looking for a safety aren’t going to find much. “General managers have known most of the year that they should not rely on this year's draft class to produce a ton of playmaking safeties,” he wrote.
There are only two safeties Reuter thinks will go in the top 100. Alabama’s Mark Barron has missed the entire pre-draft workout process as he recovers from hernia surgery and Harrison Smith of Notre Dame has elevated into the second or third round thanks to a strong workout at the combine and a sheer lack of quality competition at the position.