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Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Blidi Wreh-Wilson

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A pre-draft profile of UConn cornerback, Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

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Position: CB, UConn
Measurements: 6-1, 195
Projected Round: 3


• Why he would be a good Redskin

Because, um, we don’t have any other corners? If the season started today, the Redskins would start Josh Wilson on one side and either EJ Biggers or Richard Crawford on the other with Chase Minnifield at nickel — assuming he can walk, that is. Obviously that’s subject to change if we end up signing Antoine Winfield, DeAngelo Hall or both. And even at that, Winfield would only be a stopgap. Adding a young corner with the potential to open the season as a starter is an absolute must for the Redskins, and it isn’t as though we can use our first-round pick or free agency.

• Why he won’t be drafted by the Redskins
For one thing, again, there might not be quite as much urgency at corner by the time the draft rolls around, depending on how things shake out in free agency. For another, Wreh-Wilson’s game has some rather obvious flaws in it. He doesn’t have elite speed, for example, and even though he has decent size and 32-inch arms, he doesn’t play as physical as you’d like. He also isn’t a great tackler and his knee had to be rebuilt in 2011.

• Bottom Line: (final comments)

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, Wreh-Wilson almost projects as a guy who might start as a rookie, then settle into a supporting role when we have more cap room and draft picks. His greatest strength at this point is that he’s been a four-year starter and team captain. He’s polished for a rookie and he has a nose for the ball, but what you see is what you’re likely to get. What he lacks in upside potential he makes up for by being a little more ready to play right now than someone who’s more of a project. When you’re coming off a 10-6 season and a division title but have a yawning chasm at corner back, now is not the time to gamble on long-term projects.