Was Eric Berry Going To Be The Next Sean Taylor?

Eric Berry made news today in Redskins Nation.  Many experts, who ended really not knowing anything, were predicting and even sure that the Redskins were going to select Eric Berry.  I knew this was going to be perceived as a bad move for the Redskins by the fans and the media, but would it have been really that bad?

Here was the scouting report on him:

Skill Set by Matt McQuire:

  • Extremely productive
  • Highly athletic
  • Great initial quickness; short-range explosion
  • Nice recovery speed
  • Terrific instincts; anticipates the play
  • Smooth athlete
  • Fluid hips
  • Shows textbook footwork
  • Absolute playmaker
  • Can really lay the wood
  • Physical and violent player
  • Interception machine
  • Does a great job of reading the quarterback’s eyes
  • Gets out of backpedal cleanly and breaks on ball
  • Soft hands
  • Good route recognition
  • Doesn’t miss tackles
  • Elite range in pass coverage
  • Turns INTs into TDs
  • Aggressive against the run
  • Closes in on ball-carrier quickly
  • Scheme and position versatility (FS or SS)
  • Plays through pain
  • Elite skill set
  • Very intelligent
  • Nice work ethic
  • This is an impressive skill set. The highlight videos are phenomenal, and he would have been a star in our defensive backfield.  Thought not as big as Sean Taylor, I feel he would have been a quite the ball hawk, if not better.  So why are we talking about him in retrospect? Because he wasn’t selected, and will always go down in Redskins lore as a great “what if”.

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