As a follow-up to my Washington Redskins pre-draft position grades, I will be updating each review for the next few weeks. Today's installment is on the Defensive Backs positions.
Others: Dashaun Phillips, Louis Young, Joshua Hosley (rookie), Tevin Homer (rookie)
Pre-Draft Grade: B-
Pre-Training Camp Grade: B
What was said pre-draft: The Redskins have some good corners, but you can never have enough players at that position. I think their glaring hole is at nickel-back and in today's NFL, you need a guy to play the slot. They baptized Kendall Fuller by fire last year in the slot. He was an outside corner at Virginia Tech and I think that's his strength. However, I think he can be developed in the slot. Of Washington's current corners, Fuller is the most fluid. He has a lot of potential. Breeland is on the last year of his deal. I think he can still be a high-end corner in this league.
New Notes: I actually really like the potential of this cornerback unit. I think it has the upside of becoming the second best unit on the team behind the offensive line. They drafted depth in Fabian Moreau, who would've had a round one grade from me if not for his pec injury. I think he's a high upside player. I still believe in Bashaud Breeland. Kendall Fuller is another who has high upside. Not to mention, Josh Hosley really impressed me in rookie camp this offseason. It'll be interesting to see if he's able to continue shining when training camp begins.
Others: Montae Nicholson (rookie), Earl Wolff, Josh Evans Fish Smithson (rookie)
Pre-Draft Grade: C-
Pre-Training Camp Grade: C-
What was said pre draft: If the Redskins were to enter the season with Swearinger and Cravens as their starting safeties (which I expect them to do), it wouldn't be a terrible tandem. I just think there's more questions at the position(s) right now because of the unknown. Either way, the Redskins lack depth at the position and could use an upgrade or two.
Notes: The Redskins didn't make any major additions to this position via the draft. My feeling on the group remains the same. I'm unsure what to expect from this unit. Swearinger could either transition his success in Arizona to the back-end of this defense. Or he could be another Brandon Meriweather. I honestly don't know what to expect, but he undoubtedly has talent. As for Cravens, that's another question mark for me. I'm interested in seeing how he fares at safety. I think he'll be a good blitzer and he'll do fine uphill. However, I just wonder if he could end up having a sophomore slump. His progress will be interesting to watch. I actually really liked him at linebacker.