Redskins cornering market on pass defenders with third-round selection

The Redskins wrapped up their Day 2 selections with cornerback Kendall Fuller from Virginia Tech.

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins handed Josh Norman a fat five-year contract with Bashaud Breeland and Chris Culliver already on the roster. That kind of depth didn't prevent general manager Scot McCloughan from adding another cornerback early in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Redskins used their second pick on Day 2 to draft Virginia Tech cornerback and Baltimore native Kendall Fuller with the 84th overall selection. Washington selected USC safety Su'a Cravens earlier Friday in Round 2 after taking TCU receiver Josh Doctson with the 22nd overall pick Thursday.

Set to become the fourth member of his family to play in an NFL game, Fuller was considered a potential first-round pick before suffering a right knee injury during preseason work with the Hokies. After playing in three games, he was shut down for the season and underwent microfracture surgery soon after. 

Player: Kendall Fuller

Position: CB

College: Virginia Tech

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 187 pounds

Prospect rankScout (46), Mike Mayock (93), Rob Rang (53)

NFL.com: "The playmaking production didn't happen by accident. Fuller has the twitch and the anticipation to challenge throws on the NFL level and come away with his fair share of interceptions, but scouts are very leery of the chances he is willing to take as they have concerns about his ability to carry long speed. With the way Fuller plays the ball in front of him combined with his tackling prowess, his home could be with a Tampa­ 2-oriented defense that values physical, zone corners over speed."

Standig on Fuller: Talked about the VT corner with CSN. 

Analysis: Clearly GM Scot McCloughan sees value with Fuller deep in round three. Whether he can help in 2016 is a question that will certainly be asked. Either way, his family history -- brothers Vincent, Corey and Kyle are played in the league -- and pre-injury suggests he'll eventually make an impact. The most interesting aspect is that McCloughan passed on defensive line options for the third straight round. He also has yet to add any extra 2016 draft picks via a trade down. It becomes harder for a big haul in return in Day 3.

Washington Redskins 2016 picks

Round 1, Pick 22 (22)  - TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson

Round 2, Pick 22 (53) USC safety/linebacker Su'a Cravens

Round 3, Pick 21 (84) - Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller

Round 5, Pick 13 (152) (From Saints) - Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis

Round 6, Pick 12 (187) (From Saints) - Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld

Round 7, Pick 11 (232) (From Buccaneers) Boston College linebacker Steven Daniels

Round 7, Pick 21 (242) Georgia running back Keith Marshall

* The Redskins traded their fifth-round pick (No. 158) to the New York Jets for a fourth-rounder in 2017. They added a 2017 fifth-round pick by trading their fourth-round pick (No. 120) to the New Orleans Saints. They also picked up a 2017 sixth-round pick by swapping first-round picks with the Houston Texans

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+

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