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Redskins Draft Countdown: Penn State safety Adrian Amos

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Redskins Draft Countdown: Penn State safety Adrian Amos

The NFL Draft is just over four weeks away and I’ll continue researching the prospects throughout the lead-up to the draft. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.

Adrian Amos
Safety
Penn State

What they’re saying:

Strengths: Well-built with good height, length and overall frame for the position, displaying adequate bulk and strength. Takes aggressive angles and explodes downhill while also showing the start/stop quickness to recover and alter his path mid-momentum. Very smooth in coverage and plays the football extremely well.

Weaknesses: Sound and quality player, but doesn't make many big plays. Misses some open-field tackles. Does not wrap up when tackling and usually leads with a shoulder. May be too slow to be a full-time starter on the corner. Not real smooth and will lose a little in transition. Will have to learn to come up faster and wrap up better at the next level.

Dane Brugler and Bo Marchionte, CBS Sports

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins are still trying to solve the free safety position and they likely are looking for two. One might be a veteran free agent who could start immediately and another may come in the draft, a player with potential who will be groomed to take the job in 2016 or 2017.

Amos is a mid- to late-round prospect who fits what the team may be looking for as the longer-term answer in a number of ways. He is aggressive and has solid coverage skills. When he came to Penn State he played some cornerback and could possibly fill in during an emergency but it appears that his NFL future will be playing deep.

At his pro day he improved his 40 times from 4.56 at the combine to 4.37. That’s better but Scot McCloughan and the smarter GMs around the league will look at his speed on game tape and take only a passing glance at timed events.

Potential issues: Amos “shrunk” a bit between his playing days at Penn State and the combine. The Nittany Lions listed him at 6-1 but when he was measured in Indianapolis he came in at a shade over six feet. Even at 6-1 he was on the small side for what is likely to be McCloughan’s preferred size range. Being smaller doesn’t wipe him off of the Redskins’ draft board but they will need to see someone who plays like a bigger safety even though he may be a bit shy when you put the tape measure to him.

His weight (218) puts him in the 89th percentile among free safeties at the combine per MockDraftable.com so that can help make up for his lack of great height. At 32 ¼ inches Amos’ reach is longer than the majority of players at his position so that can help him play bigger as well.

Bottom line: Amos would be a project, as would almost any player picked up on Saturday during the draft. He gets credit for having high football intelligence and he has reputation for being a hard worker. At Penn State Amos started 38 games so he has a good deal of big-time experience. All in all, he is the kind of player who is a good bet to succeed.

But he’s no sure thing to be the long-term answer and if the Redskins do take a chance with Amos they could end up being in search of their free safety for both the present and the future again in a couple of years.

In his own words:

Amos on his pro day at Penn State earlier this month:

I think I showed them that I can play cornerback, and they can see that on the film.

With the 40-yard dash, it was a better situation being back at Penn State. I've been working on that. I had a good idea I would do that because this is what I normally run. I was disappointed a little bit by my 40-yard dash at the combine. I knew I could run better.

The bench press, when I got to 21 reps, I was pleased with what I did.

I watched film with the Philadelphia Eagles. I talked with them afterward and a lot of teams who had me at 4.37, 4.38, 4.39. That included the Houston Texans. The Eagles and Ravens' secondary coaches were there.

The teams said I moved pretty good in the drills. I weighed in at 215. I didn't jump again, but I probably could have got better numbers than the combine.

Previously in Draft Countdown:

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199