|Redskins Draft Target Fact Sheet|
|#9 @ Cornerback|
(5 's max)
|Titans (visit 4/12)|
When the NFL scouts descended on Austin for Texas' Pro Day, the defensive back with the most impressive performance in the eyes of may observers was not safety Michael Huff, projected to be a top-10 selection, but Cedric Griffin.
Griffin certainly has the resume for the next level, starting for four years at Texas. What will make him fall into the second round is that he often is hesitant reacting to the ball--not physically, but mentally. One would think that this is something that Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray could help him with. The Redskins also are said to be one of the best in teaching players how to watch, study, and break down film to have them better prepared for what they see out on the field.
Griffin could be the one stone that kills two birds for the Redskins. They need depth at cornerback behind starters Carlos Rogers and Shawn Springs. Free agent Kenny Wright might be a short-term solution there, but there is room for an upgrade from him. Washington is also thin at safety even if Sean Taylor is able to avoid legal entanglements and stay on the field and Griffin certainly has the proper size and mentality to contribute there as well.
Cedric Griffin Nitty-Gritty
Bio: Four-year starter used at both corner and safety. All-Conference selection as a senior after 86 tackles and 15 pass defenses. Junior numbers included 68/2/6. Outstanding special-teams player throughout college.
Pos: Physical cornerback with good upside potential. Jams opponents at the line, fluid turning his hips and easily runs downfield with receivers. Quickly breaks to the throw, has a burst of closing speed as well as a hard-hitting style. Active in run defense, attacks opponents and shakes the ball loose with jarring hits.
Neg: Mentally hesitant, slow locating the ball and gives up receptions when he should not. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
Analysis: A terrific athlete with good upside, Griffin could start at the next level in the proper system. Best in a zone system or press coverage.