Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Sanders Commings, Free Safety/Cornerback, Georgia

Sam Greenwood

Draft Profiles for Sanders Commings, Free Safety/Cornerback, Georgia.

Projected Round: 5-6

Why he would be a good Redskin: Big, physical defensive backs that are athletic cannot be found at your local Walmart. Commings has developed a reputation for being just that. He is rangy with big hands and was often tasked with covering the opposing team’s biggest wide receiver while at Georgia. While not putting up big interception totals (8 int’s in four years), he showed a natural ability to adjust with the ball in the air. He also ran a 4.41 40 yard dash at the Combine and displayed decent balance.

Why he won’t be drafted by the Redskins: Before running his impressive 40 yard dash, Commings disappointed at the Combine by only measuring in at 6'0" (two inches shorter than he was listed in college). He also did not stand out at the Senior Bowl. Seemingly stiff in zone coverage and when playing back, many scouts cannot see him playing cornerback full time in the NFL. The move to safety is a possibility; however, he is sporadic in run support and does not wrap up his target when tackling. Off the field, he was arrested in 2012 for a domestic abuse charge and was suspended for two games because of it.

Bottom Line: His physicality and straight line speed could be a welcome addition to a defense that was sorely undermanned in the secondary in 2012. Despite his height, he plays big as evidenced by his time with the Bulldogs. Redskins’ defensive coordinator Jim Haslett likes to run blitz packages in which he leaves his corners on an island with limited or no safety help. Commings would fit the bill as a defender who could thrive in these situations, as he is most effective playing up at the line in man coverage and jamming the receiver.

Stat:106 tackles and four interceptions in last two seasons


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