Round 6, Pick 164, CB Camryn Bynum, California
Bynum started all 42 games during his Bears career and was a team captain his junior and senior season. He has ideal size for a cornerback at 6’0″ 200 pounds, with one analyst comparing him to Josh Norman, which wouldn’t be bad value for a sixth-rounder.
He isn’t the best at the line of scrimmage but he has the physicality to keep up with receivers on the intermediate route tree. He won’t be a day one starter, but he could add value as a spot corner.
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Round 6, Pick 173, S Aashari Crosswell, Arizona State
At this point of the draft, a lot of the picks are speculative as not much separates those drafted this late from those who go on to become undrafted free agents.
Since Washington needs some additional safety help, the pick was Aashari Crosswell. Crosswell was suspended indefinitely during the 2020 season, which is a potential red flag, but he did perform on the field in his freshman and junior years.
As a freshman, he had 43 tackles, and a team-high four interceptions and nine passes defended. In his sophomore season, he increases his tackle total to 53 and had 10 pass deflections with a slight dip in interceptions, two. He was also tied for first in the Pac-12 for forced fumbles with three.
One thing that stood out about Crosswell was the fact that he did not miss a tackle on a running play during his sophomore season, being the only safety to have that honor. With Washington’s tackling issues in the secondary, a sure tackler is a welcome addition.
Round 6, Pick 182, S Paris Ford, Pittsburgh
Once again, Ian and I ended up drafting the same player in the sixth round, safety Paris Ford out of Pittsburgh. Ford is known for his physicality and aggressiveness, which are great traits for a safety to have. He has good coverage skills but isn’t the surest tackler, which is a pitfall.
He is on the smaller size in terms of weight and could get bodied by bigger receivers. He led the Panthers in tackles in his sophomore season with 97, to go along with three interceptions and 11 passes defended.
His stats fell off in 2020, with only 41 tackles, but he did get three interceptions again. He has the potential to become a starter like Kam Curl, but would be better utilized in certain packages to start his career.