Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reported yesterday that Colorado Cornerback Jimmy Smith is set to visit with the Redskins this week. This visit will certainly add fuel to the fire of whether or not Carlos Rogers will stay in the burgundy and gold for 2011. But in my eyes it can provide speculation into the Redskins early draft strategy.
First off, I think Rogers is as good as gone. It seems like he's been trying to find a way out of DC for two years now and wants a big money deal (good luck finding it). Smith would be a good replacement for Rogers, he's a big, physical corner at 6'2, 211 lbs and has good speed for his size (ran a 4.46 at the combine).
But does this signal something more for the Redskins draft plans? I think it might. Smith is a late first round prospect and I would be surprised to see the Skins take him at the 10th spot, especially with a great chance of Prince Amukamara being on the board. I think the visit could show the Skins plans of trading back. Priority number one for Shanahan seems to be a pass rusher, and he could certainly get one with another 2nd rounder. It really opens up a plethora of speculation. But if I had to guess Shanny's draft plan includes a replacement for Rogers in Jimmy Smith, Brandon Harris, or Ras-I Dowling.
It will certainly be interesting to see what plays out on draft night.