Steve and I will be dropping our usual college round up for individual draft profiles of players who could potentially be on the Redskins draft radar in April. We did this here at HH last year and the community was the most educated in draft personnel that it has ever been (and likely more than any other SB Nation blog). We are going to tie these prospects to an upcoming games in hopes that you can tune in and check out the prospects.
The state of Virginia has a couple of high profile corners this year in UVA's Chase Minnifield and Virgina Tech's Jayron Hosley. Hosley (5'10, 175) and the #10 Hokies will take on #21 Georgia Tech tonight on ESPN (let's hope the Hokies remember their jerseys this time). It's an interesting match up for Hosley given Georgia Tech's triple-option attack that just sends some defensive coordinators into fits.
Strengths: Hosley's ball skills are what set him apart from other corners in the draft. Last year he lead the nation in interceptions with nine and he has again racked up three INTs this year, despite some injuries. Hosley is also a leader and has great instincts. He takes great lines to the ball and always seems to be in the right place in coverage, once the play begins. Hosley also brings with him an ability to return kicks and punts, which certainly wouldn't hurt in D.C.
Weaknesses: Hosley's biggest weakness is his size. He's smaller than the average NFL corner and can get bullied at the line. He also struggles in run support (which you should keep an eye on tonight vs. GT). His struggles in run support are not due to any lack of effort, you'll often see him chasing down players heading to the end zone, but more due to his inability to shed blocks.
Projected Draft Slot: Hosley is a junior so there is no guarantee that he will come out (but its about a 99% chance he will). Currently he's an early to mid 2nd round prospect. If the Redskins feel that they need CB help (I do!), then Hosley should be there for them come second round, unless a team like St. Louis tries to supplement their aging secondary.