Redskins 7-Round Mock Draft: Re-examining what happens if the team takes a quarterback early
It’s feasible that the Redskins could wait on a safety in this draft class. The 2019 draft is considered to have some solid depth at the position, so they may be content taking a player later in the process than many anticipated.
Of course, that would only be if the team thinks that either Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Montae Nicholson can hold the fort next to Landon Collins. DRC has veteran experience, but he may end up playing corner at the end of the day. A transition to safety shouldn’t be ruled out, though, as he could find success there. Meanwhile Nicholson looked great as a rookie before struggling last year. Still, they may be willing to give him and Troy Apke a chance to develop.
That said, Delvon Randall was one of the best players on the board in this round. I featured Randall in my mid-February seven-round mock, and here’s what I said about him at the time.
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"Randall was a solid, consistent playmaker at Temple. On tape, he shows good ball tracking ability and is opportunistic. In each of the past three seasons at Temple, he has grabbed four interceptions and has good instincts. In addition to his ball tracking ability, Randall has the potential to be a solid tackler. He needs to make faster moves and take better angles to get to the ball, but he has the frame needed to be a good tackler from the safety position in the NFL. The biggest concern with Randall is his lack of overall athleticism. He doesn’t have a lot of speed and as a result, he relies on his instincts to help him make plays. These instincts exist in passing situations, but they need to be honed more against the run. If he can’t do that, it will be hard to justify keeping him on the field in obvious running situations."
Randall would be an ideal challenger at safety and if he plays well, he could make the team as a depth player and special teams ace. And if he didn’t, he would surely be a practice squad candidate at the very least.