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The Landon Collins to the Redskins movement is getting stronger as the team will look to yet again address the safety position this offseason, a spot that has been a major problem since the death of Sean Taylor.

Now, the purpose of this particular blog isn't to delve into which defensive back will be the one to end the never-ending cycle or explain why that cycle exists.

Instead, it's simply to show you just how many guys Washington has given significant action to on the back end of their defense and the various ways the team has found those guys.

Ready to see some names that you haven't thought about in years but will immediately remember for likely not-so-fond reasons? Cool. Let's do it.

Safeties drafted with 1st, 2nd or 3rd-round picks

LaRon Landry - The sixth overall pick in the 2007 Draft paired well with Taylor early on in D.C., but a combination of missing Taylor and Achilles injuries completely altered the course of a promising career.

Su'a Cravens - Cravens was slated to become a starter at safety heading into his second year — until he informed the organization he was retiring, which kick-started an eventful back-and-forth between player and franchise. Eventually, he was traded to the Broncos, meaning the 2016 second-rounder appeared in just 11 games for the 'Skins.

 

Safeties drafted with 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th-round picks

Montae Nicholson - A flashy rookie campaign prompted Jay Gruden to call Nicholson the Jordan Reed of the defense, but he wasn't able to build off it in 2018 and a December arrest capped off a disappointing few months for the 23-year-old. There's still plenty of football left in him, though, and lots of talent, too. 

Troy Apke - He injured his hamstring as a first-year pro and contributed next to nothing. You definitely can't label him a failure yet, but it was a very inauspicious beginning to life in the NFL for the Penn State product. 

Bacarri Rambo - He was a 2013 draftee who never recorded an interception in the Burgundy and Gold.

Phillip Thomas - He was a 2013 draftee who never recorded an interception in the Burgundy and Gold.

Kyshoen Jarrett - Few names on this list will stand out more than Jarrett, who was awesome and versatile in 2015 as a sixth-round rookie until a Week 17 nerve injury forced him off the field. He's now a coach on the Redskins staff and sorely missed in the secondary.

Chris Horton - This 2008 seventh-rounder had three picks in a three-game stretch early in his career and then never really did anything of note again. At least he intercepted Tony Romo once.

Kareem Moore - Words aren't needed to sum up Moore in Washington. This video is all you need:

If that wasn't so depressing, it'd be really impressive.

Reed Doughty - Doughty received a lot of criticism from fans during his extended time on the roster, but getting eight years out of a sixth-round DB is pretty useful.

DeJon Gomes - He played 30 games across two years for the 'Skins, was medicore and then left.  

Undrafted players

Deshazor Everett - Everett has performed capably when given the chance to start, but those chances haven't come by that often. Still, he's a useful member of the defense and special teams units, but likely won't ever ascend beyond that.

Signed veterans

DJ Swearinger - At times, Swearinger was the Redskins' best defender in his two seasons in D.C. During others, he was inconsistent. Almost always, however, he was vocal, and that was what ultimately brought his tenure to an end. Whether you agree with that decision is totally up to you.

Donte Whitner - Bet you forgot about this one.

Duke Ihenacho - Two injured reserve stints and one uneven, healthy campaign is what adds up to Ihenacho's nondescript time in the nation's capital.

 

David Bruton - He signed a three-year contract in March 2016, appeared in four contests, landed on IR and then retired. So... yeah. 

Dashon Goldson - Here's another vet whose player card includes one random stop with Washington. He racked up a ton of tackles, but they were more of the 11 yards downfield variety than the impactful stop variety.

Jeron Johnson - Here was someone who was supposed to bloom with the Redskins. What really ended up happening? He couldn't even claim the job in training camp and was let go after 14 games. 

Trent Robinson - Robinson recorded a couple of INTs in a couple of seasons with the 'Skins. And that's about all there is to say.

Are you still reading this blog? If so, 1) Wow 2) Why? 3) Thank you.

Ryan Clark - Washington let Clark go just before he peaked and then re-signed him right after he bottomed out. That's generally not how you want things to go.

Brandon Meriweather - Of all the safeties on this list, Meriweather was one of the more frustrating. He was either hurt or getting suspended for ridiculous helmet-to-helmet hits. He was with the organization for three years but it felt like 10.

OJ Atogwe - Did you remember that Atogwe was given a FIVE-year deal back in 2011? And that he only played out ONE of them? That's ROUGH. And so is this LIST.

Madieu Williams - The lasting memory from Williams' stint here was Victor Cruz burning him late in a 2012 regular season matchup at MetLife Stadium for a crushing touchdown. If you're still not over that sequence, that's perfectly fine. 

Trade acquisitions 

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - The Swearinger-Clinton-Dix duo was supposed to catapult the Redskins into the 2018 playoffs and make their rising defense even better. Those two never meshed, however, and Clinton-Dix had an overall lackluster handful of appearances on Greg Manusky's unit. He'll likely be gone this offseason.

Converted corners 

DeAngelo Hall - Hall switched to safety after Achilles injuries robbed him of his classic speed, yet the project never fully took off thanks to a torn ACL and age.

Will Blackmon - Blackmon was also asked to move to safety, and showed more progress there than Hall. The transition was never going to be a long-term solution, though.

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