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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Breaking down the CBs: Washington

By Matt Williamson

Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson breaks down the cornerbacks of each NFC East team. Today: Washington Redskins.

Although they are second on this list, the Redskins really did struggle in coverage last season. I still feel that Dallas and Philadelphia are worse off at the position as it stands at the beginning of May.

Carlos Rogers is scheduled to hit free agency. Rogers was much more effective in 2009 than he was last season -- he was banged up for much of the second half of the season. Still, plenty of teams should be interested in the former first-round selection.

DeAngelo Hall has a ton of ability but has always been inconsistent. Although he wasn’t deserving of his Pro Bowl berth, he does absolutely have a flair for the dramatic. He isn’t my style of corner, but I do respect his ability.

As Rogers battled injuries, Phillip Buchanon became the starter opposite Hall. Like Hall, consistency is a big problem for Buchanon. He had more than his share of ups and downs in 2010. He really is a difficult guy to count on as a true starter and should be considered a sub-package player.

Washington did add two depth players in the draft -- fifth rounder Dejon Gomes and seventh rounder Brandyn Thompson. But expect the ‘Skins to use some money in free agency on a veteran corner or to try to re-sign Rogers.

It needs to be noted that the addition of Oshiomogho Atogwe as the starting free safety should make Washington’s cornerbacks more effective all-around cover men. Last season, the pass-rush was well below average. The addition of first-round selection Ryan Kerrigan should boost that phase of pass defense as well.

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