Thanks to last year's trade up for Robert Griffin III - which exactly zero Washington Redskins fans regret - our friends at Hogs Haven have yet to participate in the 2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft. That's no longer the case, as Kevin Ewoldt is here to make the team's second-round selection to kick off this mock's final week.
|51. Washington Redskins||Jamar Taylor, Boise State||CB||5'11"||192||SR|
Kevin Ewoldt: With the Redskins on the clock at No. 51, a quick scan of the prior 50 picks show that the best player available is cornerback Jamar Taylor. That happens to work out well for the Redskins, since secondary is a major need. The Redskins currently do not have a starting free safety on their roster, but corner is a need, and Taylor is a good one at that.
"The Redskins' current cornerback situation consists of DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers - all of whom will be free agents next year. Hall and Wilson played at an OK level, but there is room for improvement, and the Redskins need a long-term solution. Scouting reports praise Taylor's ability to play in zone coverages, which the Redskins run often. His 4.39 40 time also stands out. What makes Taylor a good fit for the Redskins are the turnovers, one of the consistencies stats-wise when looking at defensive players drafted by Mike Shanahan and Jim Haslett. Via his NFL.com profile, Taylor finished his junior year with 27 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups. As a senior, Taylor started every game while registering 51 total tackles; 3.5 went for loss, including 2.5 sacks. He added nine pass breakups, four interceptions, and three forced fumbles. His senior season earned him first-team All-Mountain West honors."
Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:
The question the Redskins will weigh in the second round could be a player like Taylor (or fellow zone maven Jordan Poyer) or a safety like D.J. Swearinger. In this scenario, the Redskins can’t go wrong with either Taylor or Swearinger. In fact, if they have these options in the actual draft, they could slide down a few picks and add an extra late-round selection. But in regard to the Taylor selection, it’s a sound one. He’s getting discussion as a late first-round pick. So to get him in the middle of the second round is good value. He could play straight away for the Redskins and make an impact.
|39||Jamie Collins||LB||Southern Miss||6'3"||250|
|40||Gavin Escobar *||TE||San Diego State||6'6"||254|
|48||Robert Woods *||WR||USC||6'0"||200|
|2||51||Washington Redskins||Jamar Taylor||CB||Boise State|