NFL Mock Draft 2013: Could Matt Elam fall to the Redskins in the 2nd round?

Sam Greenwood

After trading away its first round pick for the rights to draft Robert Griffin, Washington must wait to make its first pick in April. Could a safety that has been projected to go early fall to the Redskins later on?

Nobody in Washington should be upset that the Redskins have Robert Griffin III at quarterback, even if they are a little worried about that knee area. Still, the cost to acquire Griffin was expensive and it leaves the Redskins without first-round picks in each of the next two years and they still have significant holes to fill on defense.

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While Washington soared on offense as RG3 failed to miss a beat on his transition from Baylor to the pros, the defense was often inconsistent and relatively easy to throw on. The Redskins could really use upgrades in their defensive back unit and will probably be hoping to see a good player fall past 50 other teams until Washington finally gets to make a pick. Maybe they will get lucky.

The team at WalterFootball seems to think it's possible and has Florida safety Matt Elam going to Washington with the 51st pick of the draft:

Here's some much-needed help for the Redskins' secondary, as both safety positions need to be addressed. Brandon Meriweather cannot be relied upon to stay healthy, and it's not like he was a Pro Bowl talent anyway. Madieu Williams, meanwhile, needs to be upgraded because he's not any good.

Elam has generally been considered the top safety in the draft this year and would be an immediate upgrade and probable starter for the Skins next season. Could they possibly get that lucky? If so, the cost to acquire Griffin won't seem quite as... costly.

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