2013 NFL Draft: Washington Redskins Select Phillip Thomas at 119

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

With the Redskins third overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, they select Phillip Thomas, a ball hawking safety from Fresno State.

Noticing a trend here?

Like the team's second-round pick David Amerson, the Redskins once again grab a player who had ample production throughout his college career.

Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas led the NCAA with eight interceptions in 2012, and added four forced fumbles and 12 tackles for a loss to his resume. He breaks on the ball extremely well, and his penchant for causing turnovers fits well within Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett's aggressive philosophy.

Thomas also has shown plus closing-speed on ball carriers, though he's been known to over-pursue at times. His 6-foot-1 frame that sits at 208 pounds still has some room to grow if the Redskins want him playing interchangeable safety positions instead of an exclusive role at free safety.

At Fresno State, Thomas played under a 3-4 defense and lined up just about everywhere. He could play single-high, in the box, on top of slot receivers and was effective enough to suggest he can be a huge contributor for a defensive coordinator who loves to tinker with various defensive formations.

Either way, he possesses the size, instincts and elite ball skills to do just about anything his coaches in Washington ask. The Redskins got themselves another player in the middle rounds who could start immediately.

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