With the loss of Fred Smoot to free agency, the Redskins have little choice but to invest the pick to shore up this critical position. With Gregg Williams' defense relying on blitzing to the degree that it does, it's important that the team has a corner that can operate on an island. This doesn't describe Walt Harris or Garnell Wilds by any stretch of the imagination.
The Redskins need to do this even if two corners are off the boards by the time their pick comes up. Antrel Rolle, Pac-Man Jones, and Carlos Rogers are all polished, outstanding players from big-time programs; you can throw a blanket over them, they're so close. Just like any one of them will be able to throw a blanket over an opposing receiver from Day One.
Drafting by need is one of the worst ways to build a winner. Reaching for a position makes for draft mistakes. For evidence of this, look up Shuler, Heath and Westbrook, Michael. At #9, the Redskins have to take the best available football player—as long as that football player plays wide receiver, tight end, defensive end, defensive tackle, or cornerback.
Harris is no slouch. He has started 114 NFL games on the island there and has acquitted himself very well. The undrafted Wilds is they kind of guy you have to develop in the salary cap age; the Skins need to give him a shot at the nickel spot.
Sure, if a corner is the best player there, grab him. But don't settle for the second- or third-best cornerback if the best at another position of need is still on the board.
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