Josh Norman has been shaky in coverage since 2017 and 2019 has been a total disaster. Already lacking in terms of ideal speed and fluidity, closing in on age 32 he simply cannot keep pace with moderately athletic wideouts in the league anymore. Representing a $15.5 million cap hit in 2020, Washington could release Norman for a cap savings of $12.5 million with just $3 million in accumulated dead cap. For a team that’s in transition, that seems like a logical move to make.
While Quinton Dunbar has shown some promise, there isn’t a viable option on the roster waiting to succeed Norman making it a top need for the Redskins to address in the offseason. Not having a second round pick as of now presents some challenges but perhaps Washington can trade back in the first round to accumulate some much-needed draft capital.
With the need at corner obvious, Washington is in luck to be staring at a deep and talented rising crop of corners in the 2020 draft class. We currently have 12 ranked among our top 100 prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft, including seven in the top 50.
If Washington fans want to get a look at some of the draft targets who could be future Redskins on Saturday, I’ve got your day mapped out.
12pm ET: Jeffery Okudah, Ohio State vs Wisconsin on FOX
Washington is destined for a top-five pick and if Bruce Allen wanted to target a cornerback in that range, Okudah is the one worthy of the selection. My No. 1 corner in the class, Okudah checks every box. He has size, length, rapid footwork, fluid hips, blazing speed, plus pattern matching ability and the ability to make game-changing plays on the football. He’s an excellent tackler that plays fast. Okudah is that guy who profiles as a high-caliber, lockdown corner that fits every scheme.
3:30pm ET: Kristian Fulton, LSU vs Auburn on CBS
In 2018, Greedy Williams got all the hype when it comes to LSU corners but Fulton is the better player and prospect which he is continuing to prove in 2019. Fulton is a physical, aggressive, alpha corner that also comes with the movement skills needed to be a No. 1 corner at the next level. I really love his instincts and how he trusts his technique in zone drops, restricts throwing windows and competes when challenged.
7pm ET: Trevon Diggs, Alabama vs Arkansas on ESPN
Diggs checks a lot of boxes. He has the size and length of a top corner, but he blends that with exciting ball skills, coverage instincts, versatility and physicality. That combination of traits makes him an appealing prospect and we know how much Washington loves to dip into the Alabama pipeline. What I really like about Diggs is how much he improved throughout his time at Alabama and is a player with an arrow that is clearly pointing up. He would be a terrific trade back option for the Redskins to target in the first round.
10pm ET: Jaylon Johnson, Utah vs Cal on FS1
An appealing prospect entering the season, Johnson has truly emerged in 2019 and cashed in some dominant performances shutting down top Pac Twelve receivers. Johnson has the body composition of a top corner, featuring good length and thickness throughout his frame. He plays to his size in coverage and brings the fight in press coverage. I love his willingness to be aggressive with receivers in the contact window and be disruptive. He’s always look to separate the ball from his man and plays an ultra competitive brand of football. Think Carolina version of Josh Norman here.