Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Rashard Hall, S, Clemson

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

Draft profile for a late-round safety whose bark is as big as his bite.

Measurements: Height- 6'1", Weight- 210 lbs.

Projected Round: 7

Why he would be a good Redskin:

The Redskins have a lot of names at safety (Meriweather, Jackson, Doughty, Bernstine, and Gomes) but there is not a single one on the roster that is a guaranteed lock to make the final 53-man roster. So, it is more than likely that the Redskins come out of draft weekend with 2 rookie safeties. Rashard Hall would be worth a look as their second safety taken and you could find him in the later rounds. Hall is a smart, instinctive, in-the-box safety who can decipher plays and react to fill gaps and lay the lumber on ball-carriers. He's a four-year senior who finished his career at Clemson with 302 tackles and 17 takeaways (good for 3rd in school history). Hall graduated in just over three years, being named a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Scouts also suggest that he is a vocal leader who consistently makes sure everyone in front of him is in the right spots. You can tell he's got that big voice from his ACC Championship post-game press conference.

Why he won't be drafted by the Redskins:

His interception total is impressive but it's misleading. He is not a cover free safety by any means. He lacks the recovery speed and fluid hips you'd like to see from your last line of defense. From his film, it looks like he will benefit from being plugged into a role that keeps him in the box where he can hit receivers coming down the middle or stuff running backs squeezing through gaps. However, he does have a tendency to miss tackles because of highly questionable angles he takes on runs bounced outside. Especially with the passing game woes that plagued Washington's defense a year ago, having this type of safety could seem luxurious and unnecessary. Also, with such a great need for secondary help, the Redskins could elect to take their two safeties much earlier (ie. 3rd and 4th round) in order to get better value.

Bottom Line:

Rashard Hall, like Jordan Bernstine from a year ago, would make the final 53 as 1). Special Teams support. 2). Safety depth. Hall has experience on kick return coverage and would be a willing student for Keith Burns to coach up. He would have an immediate impact on that phase of the game which could use some solidifying with the loss of Lorenzo Alexander and potential release of Doughty or Gomes. Also, under the tutelage of Raheem Morris, he could develop into a solid strong safety in a few years. Plus, DeAngelo Hall will finally get 'D. Hall' on his jersey and if the two are ever on the same side the sub-par trash talk practically writes itself. "Don't throw the ball down the Hallway!" or "You're not Owen Wilson...you don't get a Hall Pass!"

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