The Washington Times - April 26, 2013, 11:22AM

Four cornerbacks and three safeties were drafted in the first round Thursday night, leaving many talented defensive backs on the board entering Friday’s second round, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Redskins on Friday pick 19th in the second round (51st overall) and 23rd in the third round (85th overall). To get a sense for the best defensive backs available at those picks, I have listed on this Google Drive spreadsheet the remaining cornerbacks and safeties among the top 100 draft prospects from four of the most respected publications run by former scouts, players and top analysts.


[Ourlads Scouting, which includes former longtime NFL Scout Dan Shonka. National Football Post, whose Big Board is assembled by former NFL scout Russ Lande. NFL Network, where former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Mayock lists his top 100. Scouts, Inc., ESPN’s scouting service which includes some former NFL scouts. (Insider protected).]

A few things jump out from the lists. Before we get to them, though, let me include a few disclaimers: These lists aren’t necessarily the answer key, and they almost certainly don’t match up exactly with the Redskins’ draft board. Every scout sees every player a bit differently. However, I believe it valuable to gather multiple respected opinions for this exercise. Keep in mind that’s exactly what they are - opinions.

Again, here are the lists.

1. At safety, there’s FIU’s John Cyprien, and then there’s everyone else. It seems unlikely he’ll be available after 18 picks in the second round. The Redskins, in my opinion, have too many other needs (CB, LB, TE, RT, WR, RB) for it to be worthwhile to trade up to draft Cyprien. I’m eager to see if Philadelphia or Dallas takes him. That would drive Redskins fans nuts, no?

2. There is a general consensus about the top cornerbacks remaining: Boise St.’s Jamar Taylor and Mississippi St.’s Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay.

Here, I took the top eight cornerbacks on each of the four lists and assigned them a value 8 through 1, 8 being the best. You can see each player’s total score and average:

Jamar Taylor, Boise St.6878297.25
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St. 8686287
Darius Slay, Mississippi St.7364205
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Uconn

David Amerson, NC State.55
Robert Alford, SE Louisiana
Jordan Poyer, Oregon St.421 71.75
B.W. Webb, William & Mary1
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU2

Sanders Commings, Georgia
Dwayne Gratz, UConn

Logan Ryan, Rutgers3

Leon McFadden, San Diego 


3. The four publications average 8.75 cornerbacks remaining in the top 100 and only 3.5 safeties remaining. That gives you an idea about the depth at each position.

4. Opinions about the cornerbacks differ significantly in some cases. Keep that in mind when you hate who the Redskins pick or don’t pick.