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Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State

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Corner isn’t quite the priority it was a week ago, but the Redskins still have long-term needs at the position and the former Mountaineer has the size and athleticism to contribute at corner or safety

Appalachian State cornerback Demetrius McCray has the ball skills to be a late-round steal for the Redskins.
Appalachian State cornerback Demetrius McCray has the ball skills to be a late-round steal for the Redskins.
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Position: CB
School: Appalachian State
Height: 6-1, Weight: 187
Projected Round: 5


• Why he would be a good Redskin
With the Redskins’ re-signing of DeAngelo Hall and their ongoing courtship of Antoine Winfield, corner isn’t the priority it used to be, but it’s worth remembering that neither of those guys is a long-term solution. A raw-but-athletic prospect like McCray would make a lot of sense as a third-day pick who could get his feet wet for a season on special teams and dime packages before taking on a bigger role next year. Scouts love that he has the bigger body teams are looking for in a corner. He also has a knack for making plays.

• Why he won’t be drafted by the Redskins

His 4.55 speed in the 40 is good enough, but certainly not elite. Then, too, there’s the question of his having played at tiny Appalachian State against second-tier competition. He’s going to need some time to adjust to the size and speed of NFL receivers and the Redskins might not have time to wait. Lastly, with defensive back the team’s most glaring weakness, it’s likely that position will be addressed in the early rounds and, but the time the fifth comes around, Mike Shanahan will be taking fliers on RTs and future 1,000-yard rushers no one’s heard of yet.

• Bottom Line (final comments):
McCray is creeping up a lot of scouts’ boards and, depending on what they’ve done in the early rounds and in free agency, the Redskins could do a lot worse in the fifth round or later than to snag someone with the body and athleticism to one day be a starting corner in the NFL — or possibly be switched to safety.