If the Redskins can’t find a safety they like in free agency or even in the college ranks, they can turn to another position to fill this need: corner. A handful of players each year make the transition from corner to safety. There will be several more who could do the same in 2013, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper.
David Amerson, N.C. State: Russ Lande talked about him in my email report last week and Amerson was the first name Kiper mentioned when asked about this topic. It’ll be interesting to see what he runs in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine – the knock on him is that he’ll be too slow to play corner in the NFL. In the games I saw him play, Amerson often lined up eight or nine yards off his man; he could not get away with that in the NFL.
“He had a big year a couple years ago, but he struggled this year in coverage,” Kiper said. “But he’s certainly a guy at the top of that list because of what he brings to the table.”
Micah Hyde, Iowa: Another guy Landed discussed. Hyde is a terrific athlete – a former high school quarterback who played corner in college. Check out his scouting report here.
Terry Hawthorne, Illinois: Here’s a good scouting report on him. As a junior he intercepted three passes while defending 11. But he did not produce as a senior for a team that struggled. Because he runs well and is a taller corner (at 6-feet) I haven’t seen many projections of him to safety. But Kiper put his name on this list. He said it will be “very interesting” to see what happens with him.
“He has a lot of talent and potential, but he struggled in coverage,” Kiper said.
Melvin White, Louisiana Lafayette: Kiper likes his versatility and there’s a definite mix of opinion on whether he’ll be a safety or a zone corner in the NFL. With more teams fielding big receivers, a guy with White’s length – he’s 6-foot-1. Like Hyde, White is a former high school quarterback.
Sanders Commings, Georgia: Another big, physical corner (6-foot-2, 216 pounds) but one who scouts and evaluators question his speed and footwork. He played both corner and safety in college. Another elite athlete: The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Commings, an outfielder, in the 2008 baseball draft.
“He could have multiple roles at the pro level with the way he performed at Georgia,” Kiper said. “He showed talent.”
Just know: Commings was arrested for a domestic violence charge in January 2012. It led to a two-game suspension at the start of last season as well as drug and alcohol testing and anger management counseling.