Kevin Barnes, Safety or Corner?

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 12: Kevin Barnes #22 of the Washington Redskins tackles Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedExField on August 12, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Steelers 16-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

According to Rich Campbell, Kevin Barnes has been spending about two-thirds of OTAs at cornerback and the other third at safety. Barnes hasn't lived up to his third round billing yet at the corner position and did start a couple games at safety in 2010, when he had an interception in overtime versus the Jaguars. But where will Barnes play in 2012?

He seems to think he can perform better at the corner due to his size:

"Mostly now they’re keeping me on the outside, so I’m just using my size and dominating receivers,"

With Leigh Torrence being cut Barnes' job security just went up a little. It is also a contract year for the former Maryland Terp, which could bring out even more drive from the veteran. Barnes even touched on losing his job to Byron Westbrook late last year:

"Of course my pride was hurt a little bit because I wanted to play, I wanted to finish out with my teammates the last few games, But I understand they’ve got to evaluate being that our season didn’t go the way we wanted it to."

So does Barnes have the tools to win a role in the 2012 Redskins defense? Does his versatility and ability to play both safety and corner give him an advantage in this crowded defensive backfield competition?

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