NFL draft Day 3 – Redskins still have some top prospects available at positions of need

Phillip Thomas grew up wanting to play for the Redskins. (Eugene Tanner/Associated Press)

Phillip Thomas grew up wanting to play for the Redskins. (Eugene Tanner/Associated Press)

After meeting a need by taking cornerback David Amerson in the second round, the Redskins made a bit of a surprise move, drafting tight end Jordan Reed out of Florida in the third round.

With five picks (a fourth, two fifths, a sixth and seventh) on this final day of the draft, Washington should be able to meet more needs as quality players remain on the board.

Here’s a look at some of the remaining prospects at those positions of need:

Safety Phillip Thomas (Fresno State) – Described as a ball-hawking safety, Thomas recorded an NCAA-leading eight interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) last season and is a fluid, instinctive player. The 6-foot, 208-pound Thomas, who grew up cheering for the Redskins, would meet a pressing need for Washington, which doesn’t have a starting free safety.

Cornerback Jordan Poyer (Oregon State) – Amerson will play on the outside, Coach Mike Shanahan said, and Washington could look to add a corner capable of covering slot receivers. Despite pedestrian numbers at the combine, Poyer is a talented prospect who is suited well as a nickel corner in the NFL. He recorded 13 interceptions during his college career, with seven of them coming last season.

Running back Johnathan Franklin (UCLA) – The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Franklin is a speed back that clocked a 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds – tops by a running back at the combine – and would fit the bill of a change-of-pace back that also is capable of doing damage as a receiver out of the backfield.

Tackle Oday Aboushi (Virginia) – With experience both at right and left tackle, the 6-foot-5, 308-pound Aboushi has good strength and mobility. He doesn’t quite have the quickness to match up with elite blind-side pass rushers, so right tackle would suit him well. He was projected as a second- or third-round pick, but remains on the board and could fill a long-term need for Washington.

Safety Duke Williams (Nevada) – Boasting great speed (4.52 40-yard dash), Williams does well both in pass coverage and in run support. Williams recorded 105 tackles, an interception and nine pass breakups along with three forced fumbles as a senior. He gets into trouble for over-aggression at times and has a checkered past (underage possession of alcohol in 2009, driving on a suspended license and without insurance in 2011)

Safety Bacarri Rambo (Georgia) – The 6-foot, 211-pound Rambo is a physical, athletic safety. He has playmaking ability having recorded 73 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 10 games last season. Rambo gets fooled in coverage at times, but has the potential to develop into a talented NFL safety. Off-field issues likely have played a part in him not going higher in the draft. He served a suspension for failing a drug test at the start of his senior year, but said at the Senior Bowl that those issues are a thing of the past.

 

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