Once again, I turned to Russ Lande of the National Football Post, and an ex-NFL scout, for help analyzing the draft. This week: cornerbacks. Even if the Redskins manage to keep DeAngelo Hall — they’ll need to adjust his salary — they could still use help at this position. Josh Wilson is a solid No. 2 corner and Cedric Griffin is an unrestricted free agent. Even if they want to keep him, it might be cheaper to just draft a corner and use him as a No. 3, grooming him for a larger role in, say, 2014.
Could Chase Minnifield be part of the picture? As one NFL source said, there’s a reason the team hasn’t cut him yet. And he’s working out at Redskins Park and running on the treadmill. They do have Richard Crawford, who is a smart player, but he’ll still have to prove he can handle a third or fourth role.
If the Redskins want a corner who can provide immediate help they’ll have to find one in the second or, at the latest, the third round.
Here are a couple that Lande talked about:
Jordan Poyer, Oregon State: “He’s a good player, but he’s not a blazer. That will be the thing that leads him to being there in the second round. I’ll bet he runs in the mid 4.5s at the combine, but he’s a really good player. He has a good feel for what’s going on. He’s one of those guys who gets in the league without a lot of pub and two years later when he’s a good starter you’re like, ‘How did he end up being drafted in the second round?’ ”
Range: Second-third round
Darius Slay, Mississippi State: “He’s not as well-known as [teammate Johnthan] Banks, who is obviously a premier prospect. But he’s a really good player. You watch film on this kid and he’s the type of guy who gets overlooked because Banks is playing across from him. But he’s a good sized kid – 6-1 or 5-11 and a half. A good athlete. He’s a quick twitch kid who can explode and close on the ball. Definitely as a slot corner he’ll play and he has potential to be a starter.”
Range: Third round.
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