Friday night’s huge free agent addition of corner Josh Norman has wide ranging impact on the Redskins. Obviously, changes will be made to meet salary cap limitations, but the signing also comes less than a week before the annual NFL Draft.
I have been insisting that the Redskins select a corner back in the first round of Thursday night’s NFL Draft. Elite players at the position are limited and they will be gone by the time Washington selects in the 2nd round on Friday, if not sooner. Let’s take a quick look at what the Redskins have a the position with the addition of Norman. We won’t list what will be on an expanded training camp roster, just those most likely to make the final 53-man squad.
2016 Redskins Cornerbacks
Several things jump right out at me… Norman becomes the teams shutdown corner, allowing Breeland to take on opponent’s second receiver.
I also believe that Chris Culliver won’t be on the roster this Fall, his cap number is too high and will go a long way towards offsetting the Norman signing. Bottom line: Corner is no longer a position of priority in the draft, falling in priority to day 3 (rounds 4 through 7)
While I still believe the ‘Skins should draft a corner next week, the priority isn’t nearly as high. I could also see looking at a CB/S combo, like LSU’s Jalen Mills, Ohio State’s Tyvis Powell or DeAndre Houston-Carson from William and Mary.
DRAFT NEEDS (by position)
Combine numbers for all position groups HERE
While these are the positions in priority of need, I am a firm believer in addressing scarcity, in any draft. As previously mentioned, corners are a priority, as there are a limited number of elite play-makers at the position. Conversely, I have identified a dozen interior defensive lineman who should contribute at the next level. A few positions could move up the list if a top player slips in the draft. Example; Alabama center Ryan Kelly, Ole Miss WR LaQuon Treadwell, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott or Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III, to name a few. Otherwise, we feel these are the positions to be addressed during the draft, in order of priority.
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— *Joshua R. Norman (@J_No24) April 22, 2016