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The Washington Redskins Options During The NFL Draft

3:36 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) -- With the NFL Draft later on this month, let's take a look at some of the options the team should have during Day 2 and 3.

Considering pass coverage was a huge liability of Mike Shanahan's defense last year, and has yet to be addressed, here are five safeties that can help right the ship.

S Baccari Rambo

The second team All-SEC safety is exactly what the Redskins need. Last year, Washington lacked a safety that would give their corners help over the top. Rambo addresses that need. The Bulldog is a ballhawk with good hands. He will aggressively challenge receivers on deep routes and, with his 6-1 frame and 34 inch vertical, win a few jump balls.

S Ray Ray Armstrong

The former Miami Hurricane was regarded as the best safety in college football his junior year.  However, before his senior season, he was kicked off the team after multiple conduct issues. He didn't play football in 2012, but proved he still has some of his quickness when he ran a 4.24 short shuttle time. He lacks elite speed, but is not only an asset in coverage, but also run support. He could be a steal in day 3 of the draft for Mike Shanahan. Besides, given the Skins recent success with Miami players, Armstrong should fit right in.

S John Cyprien

Cyprien's draft stock is rising so quickly, he may not be on the board by the time the Skins pick in the second round. The FIU playmaker's highlight reel ranges from big play interceptions to big hits that level his pass catching opponents. I'm not calling this guy the next Sean Taylor because I know how well respected the former safety is in DC, but Cyprien sure makes you have flashbacks.

S Matt Elam

Considering that he was named a first-team All-American, Elam maybe a late second round steal for the Skins. Thing is, he's not exactly what Washington needs. The former Gator is a big hitter and good in run support, but is not necessarily strong in coverage. Washington has enough safeties that play the run, but Elam could be a project player that could pay off down the road.

S Philip Thomas

Washington fans have already gone to youtube and drafted Thomas to the team. What's not to like about this guy? He has the size, he's a good tackler, and he creates turnovers. He led the nation interceptions with eight, returning three of touchdowns. In college, Thomas did everything you'd want your safety to do and I believe he can play either free or strong.

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