The NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis in just 11 days. I will be there and in between now and then I’ll be doing a lot of work getting up to speed on the draft class of 2015. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.
What they’re saying
Strengths: Looks the part of an NFL safety, sporting a well-built frame with long limbs. He is an alert, active defender with good vision and the athleticism to handle deep coverage responsibilities. He changes directions fluidly and is a smooth accelerator.
Weaknesses: Possesses good (but not great) top-end speed and can get himself in trouble with aggressive pursuit lines that leave him little room for error.
—Rob Rang, CBS Sports
This tweet came from Senior Bowl practices.
S Cody Prewitt is a play maker. He just blew up a reverse. Had a pick yesterday.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) January 21, 2015
How he fits the Redskins: This could be a case where need meets the best available player. Prewitt is likely to be there when Redskins’ second-round pick comes up and if things fall right he could be available in the third. They would have to take a long, hard look at him to plug in as the starting free safety in training camp and take care of that position for the next half dozen years or so.
At 6-2, he has the height that Scot McCloughan wants in defensive backs. Prewitt may have to add on a few pounds but not at the risk of losing much speed.
Potential issues: Although Prewitt gets accolades for his “football I. Q.” and was a team captain at Ole Miss, McCloughan will do some deep digging to see if he is willing to do what it takes to correct the flaws in his game. The Redskins have had plenty of safeties who have taken the wrong pursuit lines and have made other mistakes over and over again.
You will see this theme a lot in this series. Just to narrow it down to defensive backs, the team had some last year that have a reputation for studying a lot of film and others that did the bare minimum. For the most part, the ones you saw blowing coverages were those who left the building early. McCloughan wants a collection of players who will put in the work. Which group if Prewitt in?
Bottom line: Under some previous regimes in Ashburn where drafts were guided by need and who the best player is right now you could put Prewitt very high on the list of second-round possibilities for the Redskins. But with McCloughan looking for the best available player and guys who can develop and be better than they are now, it’s a tougher call. The amount of interest the Redskins have in Prewitt is likely to depend more on interviews at the combine at with his coaches and athletic trainers in Oxford, Mississippi than on the stopwatch reading when he runs the 40.