2013 NFL Mock Draft: Redskins add Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

With their greatest need for help in the secondary, two different mock drafts have the Redskins selecting Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas.

Without a first-round pick due to the RGIII trade, the Redskins will have to wait until the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft to add any rookie help to their roster. Team experts agree the Redskins need help in the secondary, particularly at safety. With a relatively deep pool of talent at that position in the draft, Washington should be able to find a solid player in the second round. The mock drafts at both Walter Football and DraftTek have the Redskins selecting Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas.

Washington allowed the third-most passing yards in the league in 2012, so addressing the secondary in the draft makes sense. The Redskins hope to get Brandon Meriweather on the field for more than just one game in 2013, but they still can use more depth at the position and someone to line up alongside him. Both Walter Football and DraftTek believe Thomas could be the solution. The mock at DraftTek thinks Thomas makes a particularly good fit with the Redskins, saying, "Thomas would be a great pairing with Brandon Meriweather, as both players can play both safety spots, which is exactly Jim Haslett's philosophy."

Thomas is just the ninth-ranked safety in the Mocking the Draft position rankings and he didn't wow anyone at the combine, so there are other safety options the Redskins could consider before Thomas. Still, DraftTek and Walter Football both have him as the fourth safety off the board.

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