2019 NFL Draft: Washington Redskins’ top Day 2 targets
The Redskins could still look to add some talent at safety. They signed Landon Collins in free agency, but they don’t have proven talent next to him. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix walked in free agency, while Montae Nicholson and Troy Apke have both struggled to hold down the starting spot.
With that said, the Redskins could opt to add some depth at the position to compete with Nicholson and Apke. If Deionte Thompson is on the board in the third round, he could suffice.
At a point this season, Thompson was seen as a first-round option and a player that the Redskins could consider with the 15th pick. That changed rapidly after Thompson struggled late in the season and during the College Football Playoff. His instincts in coverage just weren’t great, and that caused him to fall a bit.
Thompson probably could have used another year in school, but the fact of the matter is that he still has excellent potential for the NFL level. He has good athleticism and is a rangy playmaker. If he can hone his instincts and become a better playmaker, he should find success at the NFL level.
The Redskins would have Thompson compete with Nicholson and Apke right away. If he’s not ready for the job, he can develop as a backup. In the best case scenario, he can overtake Nicholson and give the team a better-organized depth chart at safety. He will certainly be an option with the team’s first third-round pick.