With the NFL Combine coming up later this week, we will be taking a close look at a few position groups to keep an eye on in Indianapolis.
We'll continue with an area the Redskins could upgrade over the course of a few rounds: safety. Here's who the Redskins may be keeping close tabs on.
Deionte Thompson, Alabama
Deionte Thompson might have only started one season for Alabama, but he made his mark as one of the best safeties in the country. Thompson, 6-foot-2, 196 pounds, spent the first three years of his career as a depth option for the Crimson Tide, redshirting his freshman year before playing 15 games as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior, Thompson was named a first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC member. Thompson shined in zone coverage sets, getting 78 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defensed in 2018.
Taylor Rapp, Washington
Taylor Rapp became an instant playmaker for the Washington Huskies right when he stepped foot on campus. As a freshman, Rapp started 13 games for the Huskies en route to a college football playoff appearance while being named Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year. Over his career, Rapp, 6-feet, 212 pounds, played in 39 games, getting 168 total tackles, with eight and a half for loss and six sacks. He had seven interceptions and six passes defensed as well.
Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
After spending his freshman season at the University of Georgia, Johnathan Abram transferred to Mississippi State. In his two seasons there, Abram, 6-feet, 215 pounds, was one of the best players on the Bulldogs’ stout defense. Abram was named first-team All-SEC his junior season, after registering 99 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble, two interceptions and five passes defensed.
Nasir Adderley, Deleware
Coming out of high school, Nasir Adderley did not have any major Division-1 scholarship offers. Adderley chose to sign with the Deleware Blue Hens, where he shined in the secondary. In three seasons, Adderley, 6-feet, 200 pounds, caught 11 career interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Adderley used his combination of speed and playmaking ability to disrupt passes and be a nuisance in zone coverage.
Lukas Denis, Boston College
Lukas Denis was undersized and underrecruited coming out of high school. As a low-three-star prospect, Denis, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, went to Boston College where he would turn into one of the best safeties in the ACC. Denis’ best season came in 2017 as a junior, where he started all 13 of the Eagles’ games. He racked up 83 total tackles and was a force in the passing game, getting 10 pas