Earlier today it was reported that Maryland CB Dexter McDougle was going to meet with the Redskins, and now another name at cornerback has been released. Florida CB Jaylen Watkins has already had a meeting with the Redskins, along with several other teams according to National Football Post.
Watkins is currently the #95 overall prospect according to CBS Sports, and is considered a 3rd round prospect. The Redskins re-signed DeAngelo Hall to a 4 year deal this year, signed Tracy Porter to replace Josh Wilson, and have 2nd year CB David Amerson projected to man the top three spots on the depth chart. Richard Crawford got playing time in his rookie year, but tore his ACL in preseason last year and is still working his recovery to get medically cleared. Chase Minnifield is a popular name with fans, but has still not been active for a regular season game since being signed as an undrafted free agent two years ago.
Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett loves versatile/utility players in the secondary which is one reason the team re-signed CB E.J. Biggers this year. Watkins could be the kind of player that comes in and takes Biggers spot on the team with his ability to play multiple positions in the secondary, and he also plays all phases of special teams. If the Redskins choose to go cornerback early, they will want someone that projects to be a starter in a year or two when Hall and Porter are possibly gone. Can Watkins be that player with two years of development on an NFL roster?
Watkins is an athletic, versatile player who has lined up at cornerback, safety and nickel.
Watkins had 52 tackles last season as he started six games at safety and three at cornerback. He returned an interception for a touchdown the previous season against Kentucky, recording 39 tackles as he started 11 games at cornerback.
Source: Florida corner Jaylen Watkins has visited Falcons, Eagles, Redskins http://t.co/Mc99mzhLXw— NationalFootballPost (@FootballPost) April 22, 2014
STRENGTHS: Watkins possesses a lean, athletic build more suited to cornerback. He's a willing hitter, however, with good vision and closing ability, making it likely that he'll be able to successfully handle the transition to safety. The willingness to change positions during his senior season is a good indication of Watkins' selflessness and maturity.