2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Redskins
North Carolina State University defensive back David Amerson is a tweener who may shift to safety after establishing himself as one of the premiere corners in the nation.
A lean prospect with good height and length, average speed, smooth backpedal, and solid instincts in coverage. Rarely bites on double moves, but can be beat badly by elite speedsters. Plays his assignment well and rarely caught out of position. Amerson must run well at the combine to assure teams he does not need to move to safety. Exceptional ball skills and does a great job of securing the football while up in the air. Very aggressive when going after the ball and swiping it away.
Plays tight in his hips when in man and does a better job in zone. Reads the play well in front of him and can feel where the quarterback wants to deliver the football. Too often goes for the highlight reel hit and will need to learn to wrap up cleanly. Scrappy tackler and will sometimes rely on collision tackling.
Amerson's game has been picked apart since early evaluations had him as the top DB in this class. He projects as a third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Florida's Jordan Reed is an early round tight prospect who is built like an oversized wide receiver who can contribute immediately as a hybrid TE/H-back.
Very fluid runner. Average height and bulk are concerns. Blocking is lacking as well, but given his athleticism, that can be coached up. Gains separation with springy footwork and gets in and out of his breaks quickly. Does a nice job finding soft spots in zone coverage. Not afraid of contact after making the catch. Willing to absorb contact and get upfield. Ball skills are adequate. Needs to sell fakes better with head movement.
Can make a defender or two miss with the ball in his hands. Versatile receiver who could line up across the field in multiple positions. Was benched for bowl game this year, which will be something teams want to know more about. Not currently built to play much in-line. Needs to show more tenacity and attitude as a blocker. Better fit if allowed to line up out wide.
Reed projects as a third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas is an under-appreciated prospect who put together a great collegiate career with the Bulldogs. He played at an elite-level in the WAC and Mountain West conferences.
Thomas possesses adequate size and strength and can work the entire field as a deep safety. Not a burner, but has sufficient speed to play center field. Anticipates routes well and can diagnose multiple routes quickly. A legit ball hawk with good hands. Excels in zone coverage and can handle his own in man. Reliable tackler and can bring down a bigger receiver with authority.
Injuries prematurely ended his 2011 season. He is also susceptible to double moves, but is still improving as a football player. Above average vision and can play downhill against the run. Looks to lay the wood, yet maintains good technique by wrapping the legs and not relying on collision tackling. If he grabs an interception, he is a threat to return it for a score. Best fit at a free safety.
Thomas projects as a third round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Florida State Seminoles running back Chris Thompson has overcome injuries and has serious untapped potential. Broke two vertebrae in his back during the 2011 season and had a torn ACL in 2012. Looked very good when healthy. Explosive athlete. Follows blockers well. Can makes defenders miss in the open field. Stays north and south. Undersized. Doesn't break many tackles and instead relies on elusiveness. Upright runner. Solid in pass protection. Willing to sacrifice body. Lean frame. Excellent agility in a phone booth.... [Read More
Jenkins has been a productive defensive end at Florida State for the past three seasons. He played in 12 games as a freshman and exploded as a sophomore in 2010. The Tallahassee, FL native was third in the nation with 13.5 sacks and fourth in the nation with 21.5 tackles for loss. Jenkins stats are way down this year; 29 tackles (6.5 tackles for loss) and 3.5 sacks through nine games.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher, for one, is not too concerned with Jenkins' numbers. "If (Jenkins) will quit listening to the media and Mel Kiper and all those guys.… Because the NFL doesn't care about numbers. They care about how you play. Just because you don't have a sack doesn't mean you're not doing things right."
Jenkins is doing things right and will likely continue to do so at the next level. He stands at 6'3'' and 265 pounds after adding 15 pounds from his sophomore to junior campaigns. That alone will help his draft stock regardless of the drop in statistics. Jenkins generally runs in the 4.6s of the 40-yard dash. He is a good athlete, but not elite; makes himself lethal in the pass rush with a quick first step. Jenkins could move to outside linebacker in the NFL. Assuming he goes pro,... [Read More
Georgia Bulldogs free safety Bacarri Rambo has a great all-around game to go along with his fantastic name. He seems to play better in zone coverage and will have to respond positively to questions regarding his somewhat checkered off-field problems.
Rambo is hit or miss when it comes to recognizing and diagnosing the play. Has enough speed to get to the sideline when in deep coverage. Center field zone coverage is above-average. Sometimes he looks to be a step faster than anyone on the field and then will be a step late the next play. Keeps his eyes fixed on the receivers and doesn't rely on looking at the quarterback. Will need more experience if asked to play in man coverage. Must improve back pedal and learn to play with more flexibility from the waist down. Breaks out of pedal quickly and shows a nice burst when closing to the football.
Tackling is not a strength and will look to collision tackle at times. Too often goes for big hit and must break down and wrap-up. For his size, he should be more powerful and tackling technique is holding him back. Takes sharp, decisive angles to the ball carrier. Average hands despite high INT totals.
Rambo projects as a late round c... [Read More
Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Jawan Jamison is an undersized prospect with a low center of gravity and solid vision. Left school after redshirt sophomore season. Plenty of tread on his tires. Below-average speed. Character concerns. Hard runner. Can break tackles and fearless as a runner. Excellent ball security. Needs to stay more patient. Good vision. Excellent cut-back runner. Average receiving abilities. Good core strength, but not strong enough for short-yardage. Falls forward and churns legs in traffic.... [Read More