Measurements: 6-0, 220
Why he would be a good Redskin
Hey, Dejon Gomes worked out, didn’t he? Seriously though, Stafford would fill a need for a strong safety and this Cornhusker is a heat-seeking missile. Coverage isn’t his strong suit, but you can’t have everything in a late-round pick, and Stafford projects as a 5th to 7th rounder. He’d immediately contribute on special teams and could eventually work himself into the rotation as a guy you could walk up to the line as a blitzer/run stuffer.
Why he won’t be drafted by the Redskins
Big hits look nice on the highlight films, but there’s also a lot to be said for a safety who doesn’t watch helplessly as Victor Cruz streaks by him for the game-winning touchdown (Madieu Williams, I’m looking at you.) If the Redskins are going to look for a safety later in the draft, it’s likely to be someone with cover skills. At least one would hope.
Bottom Line: (final comments)
It’s been a long time since the Redskins had someone who made wideouts fear coming over the middle. And while Stafford is no Sean Taylor, he wouldn’t be any worse than what we trotted out there last year and has the upside potential to be better. If he learns to forget about going for the kill shot every time, he could be a helpful player.