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This week's draft tracker has some new additions for prospects and mock draft sources. I've included Mel Kiper's mock, but I didn't add Todd McShay's because it was done before Fred Davis was resigned, and he projected TE Gavin Escobar to the Redskins. Some new players this week are NT John Jenkins and WR Da'Rick Rogers. OT/OG Dallas Thomas was also added which seems to be a big reach in the 2nd round.

The popular name this week is CB Darius Slay who has been rising in the last few weeks, and some analysts consider him to be a better prospect than teammate Johnthan Banks who was also mocked to the Skins this week. Another notable trend this week, where are the safeties? There is not a single safety projected to the Redskins in this sampling of mock drafts. Cornerback is becoming the most common position mocked to us, even with the recent signing of EJ Biggers, and resigning of Deangelo Hall. What position will the Redskins address with their first pick in the 2013 Draft?

Website

Draft Pick

Date

CBS Sports Projections

Overall Position

Drafttek

Darius Slay, CB, Miss St

4/9/2013

#73

#9 CB

Reasoning: "Darius Slay played opposite Banks and was targeted often. He had a season that was arguably as good as, if not better than, Banks. Slay had five INTs, 6 pass breakups, and 40 tackles. He had a good 40 time (4.36) and has shown he can play well in man coverage on the outside."

Height: 6' Weight: 192lbs

Alternative Picks: Logan Ryan CB Rutgers, Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego St

Walter Football (Walter)

Darius Slay, CB, Miss St

4/9/2013

#73

#9 CB

CBS Sports Analysis:

"STRENGTHS: Possesses an athletic build with long arms. Good quickness, fluidity and straight-line speed. Better than expected route-recognition given his lack of experience and has natural coverage ability. Reads the quarterback's eyes and shows a burst to close on the ball. Times his leap nicely to compete for 50-50 balls, showing good hand-eye coordination to at least disrupt the pass. Experience as a kick returner is evident in his open field running ability. Has good vision and the patience to allow blocks to set up as well as enough athleticism to make opponents miss in the open field.

WEAKNESSES: Only has one year of starting experience at the BCS level and had plenty of opportunities to make plays starting opposite Banks, an established star. Is better in coverage than he is as a run defender. Struggles to get off of blocks and shows less than ideal aggression as a tackler, overall. Has a tendency to duck his head and swipe at ball-carriers' legs, resulting in missed tackles.

COMPARES TO: Tracy Porter, CB, Denver Broncos -- Don't judge Slay on his surname as he is far from a physical striker but the coverage skills are in place to warrant a middle round selection. With greater willingness to get his jersey dirty, Slay could develop into a starter."

Height: 6' Weight: 192lbs

Walter Football (Charlie)

Darius Slay, CB, Miss St

4/8/2013

#73

#9 CB

Reasoning: "The Redskins signed E.J. Biggers and retained DeAngelo Hall, so they're OK at cornerback for now. However, Biggers, Hall and Josh Wilson all have expiring contracts in March 2014. Long-term corner help is needed."

Height: 6' Weight: 192lbs

NEPD (Christensen)

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St

4/8/2013

#28

#5 DT

Reasoning: "The Redskins defensive line could use some talent and depth, especially with Adam Carriker suffering a setback in his recovery. Hankins is inconsistent, but flashes first round talent."

Height: 6' 3" Weight: 320lbs

NEPD (Santorsa)

David Amerson, CB, NC State

4/6/2013

#50

#6 CB

CBS Sports Analysis:

"STRENGTHS: Amerson has rare height and length for the position and actually played primarily at safety in high school. He has the size and ballskills for the next level, but scouts are also impressed with his competitive drive to get better, showing vast improvement between his freshman and sophomore seasons. And the coaching staff says there is no problem keeping Amerson hungry, as he is one of the top practice players each week. Could prove a fit in a press-based scheme. Highly aggressive defender who intercepted many of his passes reading the eyes of quarterbacks and jumping short routes.

WEAKNESSES: Concerns about his fluidity and straight-line speed. Typically lined up in off-man and zone coverage in college, but his lack of elite speed would make that a difficult fit in the NFL. Aggression makes him vulnerable to double-moves. Amerson was beaten soundly in several-highly anticipated matchups in 2012, which contributed to losses to Tennessee and Clemson."

Height: 6' 1" Weight: 205lbs

Draft Season (Lupagus)

Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss St

4/8/2013

#47

#5 CB

Reasoning: "The Redskins want to get younger at corner and go with Banks who has borderline first round ability."

Height: 6'2" Weight: 185lbs

Draft Season (Lomas)

Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

4/6/2013

#117

#16 OT

CBS Sports Analysis:

"STRENGTHS: Naturally large man with even weight distribution and the long arms to make the transition back outside to offensive tackle. This isn't the typical rotund blocker who is simply too un-athletic to compete on the outside. Thomas is an impressive athlete who plays with very good initial quickness as well as top flexibility and balance.

Thomas plays with excellent knee bend, giving him the base to handle powerful bull rushers, as well as the spring to easily move left and right to remain square to quicker pass rushers. Thomas has an explosive punch that he uses often to knock defenders back in the running game. He steps up quickly to seal off the reeling defender and erase him from the play.

Thomas exhibits good effort to get to the second level. He proved his mental toughness and team-first approach by agreeing to the position change as a senior. Is physically tough, as well, having started the final 37 consecutive games of his career.

WEAKNESSES: While Thomas has demonstrated some of the traits necessary to move back to offensive tackle and be successful, there are reasons why he was moved inside.

For one, Thomas is susceptible to speed rushers, as lacks the sustained foot speed to earn top grades as a pass blocker. He gets an aggressive punch in but often stops moving his feet as he does so and therefore if his punch doesn't stop the pass rush entirely, leaving himself vulnerable to an outside speed rush or quick counter back inside.

Thomas can get himself in trouble by playing too low, on occasion, as well, giving savvy defenders ample opportunity to simply "swim" over the top of him with a quick arm-over move.

Finally, while demonstrating good lateral agility in pass protection, Thomas has a consistent hitch when attempting to pull, making himself much better suited to a power drive-blocking scheme than a zone-blocking attack that asks him to consistently get to and make adjustments to moving targets at the second level.

COMPARES TO: Marshall Newhouse, OL, Green Bay Packers -- Like Newhouse, Thomas has the size and athleticism to handle a variety of roles up front and is a dependable, hard-working player. He is a bit of a 'tweener, however, whose best assets may in fact be this versatility and toughness.

Height: 6' 5" Weight: 306lbs

NFL Draft Geek

David Amerson, CB NC State

4/9/2013

#50

#6 CB

Reasoning: "Washington has needs at both cornerback and safety, which is great because David Amerson could play either. A true ball hawk, Amerson has the instincts and ball skills to be an interception machine at safety, but also the speed and athleticism to cover outside the numbers."

Height: 6'1" Weight: 205lbs

#MockFive

Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss St

4/8/2013

#47

#5 CB

CBS Sports Analysis:

"STRENGTHS: Good length and tall frame for the position. Natural flexibility and agile footwork to quickly redirect, driving fast and physical on plays. Always seems to know where the ball is, quickly locating and aggressively goes after it. Good discipline to read routes and stay glued to receivers.

Very good ballskills to snatch the ball out of the air and is ballhawk in the secondary with a school-record 16 career interceptions. Comfortable and confident in coverage, using his eyes to bait throws. Opportunistic player and always looking for the game-changing play, never afraid to take chances.

Aggressive and tough against the run and works hard to shed. Lacks ideal bulk but doesn't shy from big hits and easy to love his physical nature and competitiveness. Fiery demeanor and not afraid to get on teammates for mistakes. Known as a vocal team leader with strong football character, work ethic and ambition.

WEAKNESSES: Lean and lanky body type. Starts too upright at times and can get lazy with his technique. Gets caught with his eyes in the backfield and can lose sight of his man. Opens hips too early and needs to stay balanced in his backpedal.

Tends to overpursue in run support and needs to tight his angles to play under control and finish tackles. Often hits too high and needs to consistently use his long arms to wrap. Can get hung up on blocks and has looked worn down late in games, not playing with a full tank. Nagging left knee injury in 2012, but not a serious issue."

Height: 6' 2" Weight: 185lbs

Optimum Scouting

Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tenn Tech

4/8/2013

#82

#11 WR

CBS Sports Analysis:

"STRENGTHS Despite playing in the ultra-physical SEC, Rogers proved too strong for most teams to consider pressing. He's also versatile, showing the ability to line up outside, as well as in the slot. While it is easy to get excited about Rogers' size-speed potential, one of his greatest attributes is simply his toughness, as he absorbed several big collisions on games viewed and never dropped a pass due to a hit while at Tennessee. Rogers is a powerful runner who fights for additional yardage and has the agility and speed to run away from the pack for explosive plays.

WEAKNESSES: Generally a reliable pass catcher, but will occasionally look to juke the defender before securing the pass, resulting in an occasional bad drop. Until he cleans up the conception that he's a troublemaker, it may not matter how talented Rogers is, NFL teams will be too concerned to give him the first-round grade his talent deserves."

Height: 6' 3" Weight: 217lbs

DraftBreakdown

Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon St

4/9/2013

#67

#8 CB

CBS Sports Analysis:

"STRENGTHS: Balanced athlete with good closing burst. Tough and competes with very good eye discipline. Sets the edge and works hard to shed, playing stronger than he looks. Gets physical and matches up well with bigger receivers. Nice job reading the eyes of the quarterback and puts himself in position to make a play on the ball.

Willing run defender and throws his body around, taking accurate angles. Quick learner as a former safety, moving to cornerback in 2010 and starting the past two seasons. Good experience in zone coverage, often moving inside to cover the slot receiver. Leader of the secondary and a fiery player. Extensive special teams experience on kickoff and punt returns. Former Oregon State baseball player.

WEAKNESSES: Leaner frame with limited bulk, probably will never be able to gain 190+ pounds. Not a quick-twitch athlete and lacks natural explosion. Plays too far off the line of scrimmage to protect against speed, allowing too much of a cushion and conceding underneath throws.

Tends to bite on fakes and gets overaggressive at times. Streaky tackler and often lowers his head and whiffs in the open field. Can get caught with his eyes in the backfield too much and struggles to recover after false steps. Reliable return man, but not a dynamic performer in this area. Some minor character concerns after an arrest last May for a bar fight."

Height: 6' Weight: 191lbs

Fanspeak (Steve)

John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

4/8/2013

#74

#8 DT

CBS Sports Analysis:

"STRENGTHS: Built like a Coke machine and is just as difficult to move. Has a wide frame with thick, strong limbs. Good strength and use of leverage (generally) to hold up to double-teams and create a pile. Surprisingly quick off the snap and can split gaps to destroy plays before they've even begun.

Good lateral agility, balance to slide laterally in pursuit of the ballcarrier to string out the play while fighting off blockers. Keeps his hands active, showing good effort, strength and technique to battle his ways towards the quarterback.

Good bull rusher. Can simply drive opponents backward. Locates the ball well and shows good effort to the flanks. Slips off of blocks to grab on and drag down ballcarriers attempting to slip past him. Very good strength for the drag-down tackle.

Versatile. Has lined up virtually all over the Georgia defensive line. Appears to possess long enough arms to potentially play the five-technique role, as well as at nose guard or defensive tackle.

WEAKNESSES: Provides little in terms of an interior pass rush. Is simply too wide to not get slowed down while squeezing through tight gaps in the interior line and has only phone booth quickness.

Wears down quickly and will need to be substituted often to be fully effective in the NFL. Allows his pad level to rise as he tires, which negates his strength.

COMPARES TO: B.J. Raji, NG, Green Bay Packers -- Like the former Boston College standout, Jenkins' mass and strength are the most obvious of his impressive physical characteristics, but surprisingly light feet and willingness to fight through blocks to provide some interior pass rush are attributes which could lead to a steady ascent as the draft approaches."

Height: 6' 4" Weight: 346lbs

Mel Kiper Jr

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn

4/4/2013

#121

#15 CB

CBS Sports Analysis: "Wreh-Wilson will have to prove he's completely over the knee injury that robbed him of half of the 2011 season, but he offers the combination of size, athleticism and starting experience (enters 2012 with 30 career starts) that scouts are looking for.

Voted a team captain in 2010, Wreh-Wilson looked like a potential all-conference selection before suffering the knee injury against Buffalo on September 24. After missing five games, Wreh-Wilson returned to play in the final three and was tested often. Despite not being 100%, he registered nine passes broken up, which tied his previous career high.

For the cornerback position, Wreh-Wilson looks the part at 6-feet-1 and 192 pounds with 32.5-inch arms, but his lack of speed showed up on several occasions during Senior Bowl practices."

Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195lbs

SBNation (Fairburn)

Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St

4/8/2013

#30

#4 CB

Reasoning: "The Redskins' secondary will be a priority in this draft. Lucky for them, the depth at cornerback and safety should allow them to make a value pick in the second round."

Height: 5' 11" Weight 192lbs

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