Natrell Jamerson is one of the sleeper safeties who could develop into a high quality player at the NFL level. He only had one season in college where he was a primary starter, but he flashed enough during that time to warrant fourth-round consideration.
As a senior, Jamerson moved from cornerback to safety full-time after he had previously came to Wisconsin as a receiver. In his new role as a safety, Jamerson was able to use his elite athletic ability properly in that role. Jamerson recorded career highs in tackles with 51, interceptions with two, and showed an ability to function as a blitzer, as he recorded 1.5 sacks as well. It’s clear that he will be able to find a role in the NFL.
Jamerson shined in his performance at the East-West Shrine Game, where he returned a fumble 68 yards for a touchdown and earned the defensive MVP award. He showed elite speed on the play, and that was backed up by his performance at the Combine, where Jamerson blazed a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and did well in the on-field drills. His athleticism should make him successful in some role at the next level, and a team will definitely want to take him as a role player.
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For the Redskins, Jamerson could be a primary backup, but his elite athletic ability will give him a chance to earn a role on special teams. Perhaps he could be a gunner in punt coverage, and maybe he could work as a kick returner. He had experience as a return man in college, and averaged 20.6 yards on 38 kick returns in college. Those aren’t great numbers, but he has the athletic ability to break a touchdown any time he gets the ball. And that’s something that the Redskins could use.
If Jamerson is available in Round 5, the Redskins should consider taking him. He’s a bit raw in terms of development at the position, but he has the upside to potentially be a starter. At the very least, he should probably be a quality role player and special teamer, and that would help the team on Day 3.