My Redskins Pre-Draft Scouting Report

March 6, 2013 in Washington Redskins Draft

Here’s a list of prospects I think the Redskins need to seriously consider. I’ve included where they’re projected to fall in the draft, and why I think they’d look great in a Redskin uniform. I’ve also divided them into groups by where they’ll fall in relation to Redskins draft picks.

#42 – SS – Jonathan Cyprien – I think we’re more desperate for help at FS or CB, but Cyprien is a big hitter, and a playmaker, and would be a great value if still available at pick #51.

#49 – CB – David Amerson – He’s tall and long. He‘s one of the slower CB in the draft, but still has an impressive highlight reel.


#52 – FS – Eric Reid – He seems to relish the big hit. Sometimes at the expense of failing to wrap up the ball carrier and the occasional senseless penalty. Has been compared to Laron Landry (a household name for Redskins fans)

#54 – OL – Barrett Jones – I hate to spend an early round draft pick on an OL.  HOWEVER, since redshirting in 2008, Jones has started 49 of the past 53 games, earning action at right guard (25 starts), center (14 starts) left tackle (10 starts). He’s quick. He’s intelligent. He’s versatile. PS. He played his final game of his college career against Notre Dame with numerous torn ligaments in his foot. How’s that for being tough!

#55 – CB – Jordan Poyer – He’s big. He’s physical. He hits hard. He helps out in the run game. He’s got WR hands. He’ll most likely fall between our draft picks, but I would love to have him at CB.

#70 – FS – Phillip Thomas – 20 career turnovers. (13 interceptions, 6 caused fumbles, 1 recovered fumble) He had 8 interceptions last year, and returned 3 for touchdowns. Kid is the absolute best safety in the draft that NOBODY has heard of. Maybe because of playing in Fresno State?

#77 – SS – Shamarko Thomas – He plays like Sean Taylor. He wears Sean Taylor’s old #21. At 5-9, 213 pounds, he’s shorter then some coaches would prefer but he’s ALL muscle. He’s a pit bull with an unofficial 4.26, 40 yard dash.

#83 – CB – Tyrann Mathieu – I don’t like the idea of investing 2nd round pick on a pothead who has spent more time during the past year in police custody then on a football field. A 5th or 6th round pick, MAYBE. But he can’t expect to go this high (No pun intended) Nobody is that dumb. Not even on pot.


#89 – FS – Bacarri Rambo – He’s a turnover creating machine. Unfortunately he likes to gamble. He’s a high risk, high reward pick. Big hits. Big turnovers. Big plays getting burnt the other way as well. Like Mathieu, he has his share of off field issues.

#94 – TE – Travis Kelce – IF Fred Davis hits Free Agency running, I like the 6-5, 255 pound kid out of Cincinnati as his replacement. He’s big. He’s described as a ‘violent blocker’, but he moves well and has GREAT hands. I like the idea of RG3 having a big target down near the goal line.

#99 – FS – Tony Jefferson – 22 tackles for losses in 33 starts. Reliable tackler. He has good awareness and GREAT instinct. Diagnoses and closes on plays quickly.

#100 – CB – Blidi Wreh-Wilson – Zone coverage specialist with good hands. Floating between rounds, but if he falls to pick #116, he could be a great value.

#114 – FS – DJ Swearinger. – In college he played both zone and man coverage. He’s also played CB, FS, and SS. He’s a big hitting ball hawk, that can play any position in the secondary.


#117 – CB – Leon McFadden – He’s quick. He’s got great hands. He moves well with the WR through the route, never giving up on the play. Would have to use pick #116 to get him though.

#121 – ILB – Jon Bostic – CBS Sports ranks him as the 4th best ILB in the draft. If we could scoop him up with pick #147, he’d be a great value. Especially if he could spend a year learning from London Fletcher before the veteran retires. Once London Fletcher has been resigned, I think it will be the perfect time to start grooming his protege.

#122 – OL – Jordan Mills – Assuming we don’t address our OL concerns in Free Agency, having an extra option might not hurt. When it comes to corners and safeties, this was by far the weakest round.

#125 – OL – David Quessenberry – Assuming we don’t address our OL concerns in Free Agency, having an extra option might not hurt. When it comes to corners and safeties, this was by far the weakest round.

#132 – FS – TJ McDonald – Good speed for a “lights out hitter”. Covered slot WR, played ‘centerfield’ and blitzed in college. Aggressively attacks the line when he reads run.


#153 – RB – Kenjon Barner – 4.52, 40 yard dash.  A threat to score every time he touches the ball.  Shifty.  Finesse runner with excellent speed, both straightline and in and out of cuts.  Reliable hands out of the backfield and has experience as a return man.  Could be lightening to Alfred Morris' thunder.

#154 – FB – Lonnie Pryor – As a RB Pryor gained 2,281 yards and 20 touchdowns his senior year of high school. Bulked up to play FB, per coaches request. Gained 134 yards on just 5 carries in the 2012 Orange Bowl.


#155 – SS – Robert Lester – Good speed. Excellent ball skills. Closes on run plays and underneath pass routes very quickly.

#156 – CB – Terry Hawthorne – A 4.44, 40 yard dash, fluid footwork and a physical defender who doesn’t shy away from contact. Very physical. History of being injury prone.

#158 – FS – Josh Evans – Aggressive attacker and a sure tackler. A rare combination. Always trying to rip the ball out of the WR hands, even after the completion.

#160 – OL – Brennan Williams – Long arms and an athletic build. Relatively quick. A little rough around the edges. With good coaching, could be an eventual starter. Would be projected a little higher had he not missed the last 4 games of his senior year and the NFL combine with a torn labrum.

#170 – ILB – AJ Klein – Excellent diagnosis skills. Able read and react quickly. Not as athletic as some would like, yet he ended his college career tied with the FBS record, with 4 interceptions returned for touchdowns. Could be a bit of a sleeper. Might fall to #181?

#177 – CB – Josh Johnson – Physical in bump and run coverage. Excellent awareness. Good hands. Confident in man coverage. Often left on an island at Purdue. Not often fooled. Violent tackler and run defender, not afraid to undercut and out-physical a WR.


#192 – RB – Zac Stacy – 1,193 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year. Injury prone (mostly small injuries) He’s not fancy. He’s not explosive. But he’s a good solid back. The kind Mike Shanahan could possibly turn into a pro bowl RB.

#197 – WR – Rodney Smith – 6-4, 225 pounds with a 34.5” vertical leap. If he plays as big as he is, he could turn into a stud. Especially inside the red zone.

#207 – WR – Denard Robinson – 4.43, 40 yard dash and a 36.5” vertical leap. He’s spent time at QB, RB, and WR. Willing to return kicks, and has even discussed playing CB. I WANT THIS KID IN A SKINS JERSEY. Him, RG3 and Alfred Morris in the backfield. Could be unstoppable. I’d be willing to spend pick #181 on Denard Robinson.


#213 – CB – Micah Hyde – 77 and 66 yard interception returns for touchdowns in 2010. I like his highlight reel. Good hands. Good speed. Good range. Could be a good insurance pick.

#217 – OL – Braden Brown – Long athletic frame. Ideal NFL tackle. His only downside is he’s a more impressive pass blocker then run blocker and we run the ball about 60% of the time.

#222 – WR – Marquess Wilson – Not quite as big as Rodney Smith, but quicker. Better hands. And he plays bigger then he really is.


#236 – WR – Brandon Kaufman – 6-5, 216 pounds. In 42 games, over 4 seasons, Kaufman recorded 221 passes for 3,731 yards, and 33 touchdowns. That’s almost 17 yards per catch. Besides his size, he has deceptive build up speed on deep routes and reliable hands, even with off target throws.

In conclusion…  I want David Amerson (CB) Barrett Jones (OL) Jordan Poyer(CB) and Phillip Thomas (FS)…  Unfortunately they are all projected to go within 20 picks of each other so the odds of landing even two of the four seem slim.

#51 – SS – Jonathan Cyprien – Though as said before, I would be okay with David Amerson (CB) Eric Reid (FS) Barrett Jones (OL) or Jordan Poyer (CB), but if Cyprien is available, he's the best bang for your buck.

#84 – FS – Phillip Thomas – If he's still available, I love this pick!

#116 –  CB – Leon McFadden – Though depending on the Fred Davis negotiations I might go with Travis Kelce (TE) and nab a CB or two later in the draft.

#147 – IRB – Kenjon Barner – Projected #153, but I like him a lot.  Don't want to miss out on this guy.

#155 – OL – Brennan Williams

#181 – WR – Denard Robinson – I like Josh Johnson (CB) but Denard Robinson is too potent a weapon to let slip through our fingers.

#212 – CB – Micah Hyde – Though I like Marquess Wilson (WR) Brandon Kaufman (WR) and Rodney Smith (WR) as well.

These are just my two cents.  Worth exactly what you paid for them.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

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  • Steve Shoup

    Nice breakdown!

    Assuming they keep their pick I'd like to see Poyer with that 2nd rounder (if Cyprien is off the board). In the 3rd I'd take whatever safety is there Phillip Thomas, Jefferson or Rambo. In the 4th I'm not a huge Wreh-Wilson fan so I'd rather see McFadden or an OL like Mills/Quessenberry. In the 5th and 6th rounds I'm looking at whomever might be falling, but targeting CB's, S's, RB's and TE's (maybe a WR).

  • Jonathan Turrell

    I LOVE POYER! I like McFadden over Wreh-Wilson as well. Brain fart. My bad. I'll be updating it regularly. Over analyzing it. I really wish I could see who's going to be available when they get to pick #51. Makes predicting the rest of the picks SO much easier. My entire list is based on pick #51. I need to research some runningbacks for later in the draft. But I LOVE the idea of Denard Robinson in a Redskin jersey, even if we have to spend a 6th round pick on a 7th round player to get him. And I simply don't know enough about what makes a good offensive line for our offensive scheme to say too much about them.

    • Steve Shoup

      really appreciate the input!

      I don't mind Robinson, but for me not before the 6th (and hopefully after adding an extra late round pick or two)

  • Jonathan Turrell

    The first three picks are intriguing. So many options…
    51 – SS – Jonathan Cyprien
    84 – FS – Phillip Thomas
    116 – CB – Leon McFadden
    51 – FS – Eric Reid
    84 – SS – Shamarko Thomas
    116 – CB – Leon McFadden
    51 – CB – Amerson or Poyer
    84 – SS – Shamarko Thomas
    116 – FS – DJ Swearinger
    51 – OL – Barrett Jones (Really impressed with him, just not sure he's worth OUR first pick)
    84 – FS – Phillip Thomas
    116 – CB – Leon McFadden
    Which option do you all like most? Just so many interesting combinations of talent. I really think all 3 picks need to be secondary and we need to address OL, either in Free Agency or later in the draft…
    Past that I like WR – Denard Robinson with pick #181. He's scary talented. Versatile. Adds CHAPTERS, not mere pages to the playbook. SO MANY OPTIONS!!!!

    • Steve Shoup

      I like all the options to a degree but would go with the Cyprien or Poyer (not as big a fan on Amerson) options the most

  • Megan Shoup

    Amazing breakdown! If we get a right tackle in free agency…Please!! Then I hope 51 pick is Cyprein, Reid or Poyer.

    If we don't get OT in free agency, then I hope we get Barrett Jones, Kyle Long (think he can play right tackle and very versatile), or Justin Pugh at 51 and then focus on Safety and CB with 84 and 116!

  • Jonathan Turrell

    Okay Steve.
    I updated the bottom half of my draft… (First 3 rounds should be one of the combinations listed above ^^^)
    The bottom half looks like this… (Decided to roll the dice and go after some firepower, because 34 points a game, just isn't enough for me!!!)

    #147 – RB – Kenjon Barner – Projected #153, but I like him a lot. Don't want to miss out on this guy waiting for our next pick to roll around. Though we could check to see if those 8 teams need a RB and try waiting for pick #155… I guess…

    #155 – OL – Brennan Williams or another OL you like?

    #181 – WR – Denard Robinson – I like Josh Johnson (CB) but Denard Robinson is too potent a weapon to let slip through our fingers.

    #212 – CB – Micah Hyde – Though I also like Marquess Wilson (WR) Brandon Kaufman (WR) and Rodney Smith (WR) with this pick…

    Gives us… 1 CB, 1 FS, 1 SS in 3 picks. Adds teeth to our secondary. BUNCH of big playmakers in those first 3 picks.
    Gives us a true finesse RB to compliment Morris, and a possible return man.
    Gives us a 5th round OL (to add to whoever we nab in free agency)
    Gives us a WR/RB/QB in Denard Robinson who is nothing more then a human highlight reel.
    Gives us a sleeper pick of either a CB or a BIG WR for the red zone.

    Assuming we fix our OL in free agency, these picks make us a very good team!

    • Steve Shoup

      I'd be really happy if that was the bottom of our draft. Lover Barner and Brennan Williams, really high on Hyde as well. Robinson is an intriguing project as well.

      • Jonathan Turrell

        Robinson is a MONSTER. He's like Kordell Stewart only he's not trying to play QB. He just has the skill set. He can throw. He can catch. He can run. He's an absolute playmaker!

        • Steve Shoup

          I do think Robinson will need a year or two to really be effective. He doesn't seem to be a natural pass catcher. Really struggled at the Senior Bowl., But in the 6th he's worth grabbing and using early on in a couple packages. Def. an upgrade over Banks (not that is saying much)

  • Megan Shoup

    Love it as long as we get RT in free agency…if we don't …think that has to be in first 3 picks (rounds 2-4) and not late rounder. Love it overall though…great work!
    Would maybe replace TE for #116 and get another CB later.
    Hopefully we can also get some trade backs in the mid rounds to get even more picks for depth later for the big/tall WR, Defensive line depth, punter…stuff like that. But most of these picks!

    • Jonathan Turrell

      I like Leon McFadden at CB. But if Fred Davis hits free agency running, I say we let him run. I really LIKE Travis Kelce at TE and he's projected #94 (right between picks) If he fell to #116, and Fred Davis is gone, I'd be okay with picking up Kelce over McFadden. But I like Paulsen and if Davis returns that gives us two viable options at TE already. Just my thoughts.

      • Steve Shoup

        yeah TE could def. be an option there. I also like guys like Kasa and Sims even though they are rated a bit lower.

  • Jonathan Turrell

    I have 3-4 BIG WR listed. Rodney Smith was my initial 7th round pick, but he has a tendency to 'play small', getting out-muscled by smaller CB. Worries me a little. Marquess Wilson is not as big, but he plays big, and has GREAT hands. Brandon Kaufman is HUGE and has GREAT hands. Aaron Mellette is a big boy too… If we had an extra pick I think the talent is out there. They'll never be elite Calvin Johnson-esque WR, but they could become a big part of our offensive playbook as much as we spread the ball around, and as average as our WR core is. Same thing with Denard Robinson. He'll NEVER be a number 1 WR. But he'll be an amazing tool in team Shanahan's belt. Same thing with Kenjon Barner at RB. Not durable enough to be a number 1 RB, but he'll make an amazing change of pace back when Alfred Morris gets winded. Will help Alfred Morris stay healthy.

    • Steve Shoup

      I really hope they can add some more picks to take some shots on some of these guys in the late rounds

      • Jonathan Turrell

        Kaufman is like 6-5, 216. And can move. He's buried at like #236. Would love to roll the dice on a couple of receivers late…

  • Jonathan Turrell

    Could you imagine the speed of Denard Robinson and Kenjon Barner contrasted with the power of Alfred Morris and the size of a 6-5, 225 pound WR? We need to fix our OL in FA. We need to fix our secondary in rounds 2,3,4. And RG3 needs to get and stay healthy. And we'll be TERRIFYING to play against!!!

  • hosch

    You have a lot of 1-2 round prospects rated in the 5-7round UDFA range. TJ McDonald and Robert Lester have lost their hype train but they are the two most accomplished and productive safeties in the draft and they have done it for 3+ years against elite competition. Getting psyched out for guys like Jonathan Cyprien or Blidi-Wreh, Shamarko Thomas is pretty laughable.

    • Jonathan Turrell

      Are you saying I'm rating my prospects too high? Or I'm hoping to get 1st and 2nd rounders in the 5th and 6th rounds? Not sure either is true? Cyprien is the highest rated guy I listed. According to The CBS Sports NFL Draft Prospect ranking page, he's projected to be pick #42. We have pick # 51. Not saying it's likely that he drops that far. But it's possible. I like TJ McDonald. He's a big boy. Robert Lester played for Alabama. I live in TN. Almost to the Alabama line. I know how elite the guys Lester played against were, but I also know that he had a pretty elite defense around him as well. I think way too much emphasis is put on the name on the front of the uniform (school) whereas it should be on the playmaker wearing the uniform. Just because Lester played for a big school, in a big conference with lots of media coverage doesn't make him any more talented then a player from a smaller school. And apparently I'm not the only one who feels that way (looking at the rankings on NUMEROUS websites) If Lester were that good, he'd be ranked higher. With all that said, I have Lester on my list of alternates if the first 3 rounds go to pot. I would certainly take Lester. I'm not psyched out about any one guy. I would be happy with any combination of these defensive guys. But as much as I like TJ McDonald and Robert Lester, I don't think they hold a candle to Jonathan Cyprien, Eric Reid, Phillip Thomas, Bacarri Rambo (if he can stay out of trouble) Tony Jefferson or DJ Swearinger. Assuming the more talented players are available, and I think at least a couple of them will be, I'm taking them over McDonald and Lester. Just me.

  • Cam Ross

    Great list. A lot of the same talent I've been impressed with too. Ryan Swope is another 2nd rounder that I'm keen to see.
    I think Reid and Rambo are my top two safeties for us to target. Vance McDonald would be another of my favorite targets.

    • Jonathan Turrell

      Rambo and Mathieu were two of my original favorites. But both have had some off field issues that worry me a little. We already have suspension prone Fred Davis (who it looks like we're going to resign) We don't need any more distractions. In my opinion. However if we get to those picks and that's who's left I think I'd roll the dice on either of them just for their playmaking ability…

      • Steve Shoup

        I don't mind Rambo, but Mathieu worries me.

        • Jonathan Turrell

          Mathieu definitely worries me MORE. I would have to sign both to incentive based contracts. So their pay was completely based on their production. First sign of off field any issue that interferes with playing time (arrest/suspension) and they forfeit EVERYTHING from that point forward and I would have the right to release them, that day. That's the only way I would sign ANY problem child. (Fred Davis should have the same conditions put on him, if he wants to be a Redskin next year) Again, just my two cents.

          • Steve Shoup

            unfortunately rookie contracts are fairly standard, not a lot of wiggle room for provisions like that

  • Jonathan Turrell

    That surprises me to some extent. I would think after a very small base pay, rookie contracts would give coaches and GMs the MOST flexibility, until the player proves themselves. Seems kinda backwards to me.