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Redskins Combine countdown: Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt

Feb 7, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

The NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis in just 11 days. I will be there and in between now and then I’ll be doing a lot of work getting up to speed on the draft class of 2015. 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.

Cody Prewitt
Free safety
Ole Miss


Height: 6-2
Weight: 212

What they’re saying

Strengths: Looks the part of an NFL safety, sporting a well-built frame with long limbs. He is an alert, active defender with good vision and the athleticism to handle deep coverage responsibilities. He changes directions fluidly and is a smooth accelerator.

Weaknesses: Possesses good (but not great) top-end speed and can get himself in trouble with aggressive pursuit lines that leave him little room for error.

Rob Rang, CBS Sports

This tweet came from Senior Bowl practices.

How he fits the Redskins: This could be a case where need meets the best available player. Prewitt is likely to be there when Redskins’ second-round pick comes up and if things fall right he could be available in the third. They would have to take a long, hard look at him to plug in as the starting free safety in training camp and take care of that position for the next half dozen years or so.

At 6-2, he has the height that Scot McCloughan wants in defensive backs. Prewitt may have to add on a few pounds but not at the risk of losing much speed.

Potential issues: Although Prewitt gets accolades for his “football I. Q.” and was a team captain at Ole Miss, McCloughan will do some deep digging to see if he is willing to do what it takes to correct the flaws in his game. The Redskins have had plenty of safeties who have taken the wrong pursuit lines and have made other mistakes over and over again.

You will see this theme a lot in this series. Just to narrow it down to defensive backs, the team had some last year that have a reputation for studying a lot of film and others that did the bare minimum. For the most part, the ones you saw blowing coverages were those who left the building early. McCloughan wants a collection of players who will put in the work. Which group if Prewitt in?

Bottom line: Under some previous regimes in Ashburn where drafts were guided by need and who the best player is right now you could put Prewitt very high on the list of second-round possibilities for the Redskins. But with McCloughan looking for the best available player and guys who can develop and be better than they are now, it’s a tougher call. The amount of interest the Redskins have in Prewitt is likely to depend more on interviews at the combine at with his coaches and athletic trainers in Oxford, Mississippi than on the stopwatch reading when he runs the 40.

  1. abanig - Feb 7, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    If love for the Redskins to draft NT Danny Shelton in Round 1, and then follow it up with FS Cody Prewitt, Gerrod Holliman or Derron Smith in round 2.

    It’d be absolutely awesome to see the Redskins fix their NT & FS positions long term with their first two picks of the 2015 Draft.

    • Redskins82 - Feb 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM

      I agree with you on both. I really want Prewitt. Thanks Rich for the write up.

  2. kenlinkins - Feb 7, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    So, why not draft Collins (SS) in 1st round and Prewitt (FS) in 2nd round? That could put the Safety concerns to bed for many years to come. Both are play makers, both have the size you require, and if rebuilding a NFL team is like building your personal net worth, these two are like money in the bank. Teaming them with the CB’s you have on the roster now and you might get a pretty good d-backfield that will help get turn overs! I understand that many feel that RG3 needs O-Linemen or that a pass rush is a bigger concern, but IMO if the Redskins do not close that big open hole on the back end of the defense they will always be playing from behind, Drafting two safeties early could keep the Redskins in games that they would other wise have no shot at after half time. You get no points for a sack or and lose no points for giving up one, but every time that hole opens up in the D-backfield it cost your 7 points.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      Because Collins is a smallish in-the-box only S who has a really good chance of being a bust in the NFL.

      • kenlinkins - Feb 7, 2015 at 8:54 PM

        Really, 6’0″ and 222 is smallish for a SS (Compton is 6’1′ 230 and plays a pretty good ILB). Besides, most SS are only asked to cover TE’s and RB’s (unless your DC is named Haslett who thinks FS and SS should be able to exchange places and that ILB can cover TE’s 30 yards down field). Most scouting reports I have read say that Collins can play both SS and FS. I get that you want O-Linemen for RG3 but the Redskins invested TWO 3rd round pick last year at O-Line (or is it a pass rusher / OLB where the Redskins used a 2nd round pick and signed a FA to a ton of money last year). Why draft more early and have so many picks tied up at one position? I do not think that there are many on the site that can say that they know for sure that most Big Boards have the 5th – 10th guys listed 100% with their grades! Collins could be the 5th BPA in this draft and with only one Safety on the roster drafting two Safeties would seem like a better way to get bang for the picks. What if QB Winston is the BPA? Should the Redskins draft him? Your BPA plan would say Yes! (IMO that would be a big mistake).

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 8, 2015 at 7:41 AM

          I don’t want to bust on you, Ken but here is how that logic proceeds:

          –A quarterback (or, as others say, wide receiver) might be the best available player on the board at No. 5.
          –Therefore, the Redskins should reach for the player I think they need.

          It will work out, folks. Need does factor into the player’s grade. If there are two players who are close, McC will pick the one in the greater area of need. For all we know, Winston could be off of their board for character concerns and Mariota might have a low grade due to the offense he ran at Oregon.

          They will be able to stick to their system and get a player they need at No. 5.

          This draft is not about 2015, not even at that first pick. It’s about improving the team in 2016 and beyond.

        • captblood3000 - Feb 8, 2015 at 9:52 PM

          Any safety looks small when he’s on his back as Collins was against Ohio State. How is Collins better than Amari Cooper, who should also be available at #5. I haven’t seen Prewitt play, but I have seen Anthony Harris play for UVa.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 8, 2015 at 11:53 PM

          Did you see OSU run over Collins all game long and knock him out of play several times? He’s not big enough to play his physical style and his coverage skills are bad.

    • thirdistheworrd - Feb 8, 2015 at 2:00 AM

      I don’t think Collins has a big chance of busting, or even being a merely average safety, but Mean Joe above is right that he isn’t the right pick for the Redskins at 6. Like Rich was saying above, he’s the classic 2000’s Redskins draftee– a sexy pick who fits a need. If all goes well, we won’t be picking below 10 for a long time to come, so we need to spend the 6th overall pick on a guy who will be a for sure All Pro for the next decade, regardless of position. Personally I’m a big fan of Shane Ray– he could be the best player available and pairing two stud pass-rushers together would nearly make up for the backfield mess we have.

      Besides, the safeties at the next tier down (Holliman, Harris, Smith, Prewitt) are all fairly interchangeable as far as fit and NFL prospects go and will be available in rounds two through potentially five. This might not be the year for a stud safety, but there’s no reason we won’t be able to get a starter as well as a superstar at another position.

      • Kurt Lunny - Feb 9, 2015 at 1:59 PM

        5Th overall pick not 6th

      • babyteal1 - Feb 9, 2015 at 2:43 PM

        Dude how do you not know we draft at #5???

  3. vtsquirm - Feb 7, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    I’m hoping we can trade back and pickup extra 2… Then select Shelton possible a RT and Prewitt would be nice add also

  4. Joe Greene - Feb 7, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    I’d take Holliman and Prewitt both over Landon Collins. Each one actually can play in the passing game and that’s clearly our biggest need at S.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 7, 2015 at 7:06 PM

      Agreed. Collins is going to go in the 1st round, and that’s too rich for us.

      We need offensive line, defensive line, and DBs who can cover.

      Collins is none of those.

    • thankslittlebrandonbanks - Feb 7, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      Holliman over Collins is debatable, but take prewitt for sure and there’s no need to debate.

  5. 214hof - Feb 7, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    I will admit.. I was on the trade down and take Collins bandwagon, but that was before the Senior Bowl. Holliman will be a wasted pick unless he is there in the 4th round when the Skins are on the clock and even then I think they don’t take him… He had a great stat line but his INTs were not mind blowing, most were over/under thrown balls that hit him in the numbers. IMO BPA is the way to go, Washington doesn’t need to worry about filling holes… What they need is more talent. Barring a trade i think #5 should be Sheldon, there just isn’t a way I see Washington passing on a kid like that. You don’t see guys like that in every draft, they’re are too few and far between too be passed on. Look at any top 3-4 D, and the have a stud NT. This draft is loaded with talent Washington can scoop up between rounds 2-5. Duke from Miami, would be a good pick if Helu isn’t resigned. He’s small but like Gruden like to say he plays with “fire in his belly”. Perfect change of pace back to spell Morris, good hands out of the backfield and will contribute right away with returning kicks.Amos from Penn St, another guy who might not fit the (big men win) mold of the new G.M. but he is a baller and plays bigger then is measurables. Might be there in the 3rd or 4th unless a team falls in love with him after the combine and pro days. The CB from Oregon( forgive me his name is wild lol) will also be available day two of the draft he his a physical CB that would be a good pair with Breeland.

  6. murphsman - Feb 7, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Thanks for the article Rich. First time I’ve heard of this guy, but if Scot wants him, I would be ok with taking Shelton the first round and taking this guy second. Doesn’t seem to be a great class for safeties, so I’m not convinced he would still be there by our third pick

  7. deepball1 - Feb 7, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    I think that I will just wait for free agency to open up and then wait for the draft before I give my “ok” on any moves the Redskins and “SCOTT decide to make. In fact…I have decided to go ahead and let Scott make the decisions. I’ll just watch.

  8. James - Feb 7, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    With the new GM in place, I really think he will take the best available player at 5. It didn’t seem like McCloughan was bluffing when he said it. After the combine players stocks will rise and fall on some draft boards and mock drafts, but after the pro days we will have an idea of who the redskins are targeting based off of who they invite to work out for them and the pro days McCloughan, Gruden, and Bruce shows up on a camera like Shanny did during RG3 work outs. The tree is still known by its fruits. Keep paying attention because this off season will be different than we are use to. Some of us will be scratching our heads this year, I promise you that!

  9. mr.moneylover - Feb 8, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    If he has the passion for the game scot might pick him but who knows…if he see a o-linemen that can start he might go in that direction instead of safety…todd mcshay said nobody shouldn’t draft a safety until the third round because he dont see that player who can come in and make a impact right away but he said if you plan on taking a year off to develop a safety then thats understandable

  10. Mr Hart - Feb 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    I recall when we tried Kareem Moore. Oj agediwe . I know I spelled his name wrong. We’ve tried Rambo and Ryan and Adam Archaletta. And nobody is even better than Laron Landry. I wont mention ST. You have to ask yourself who makes these decisions.
    Just terrible selections. The same thing with Oline. How do you only draft 2 lineman in the first round in the last 14 years??

  11. Salih jones - Feb 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    I think either prewitt, kurtis drummond Chris Hackett or Derron smith wouldn’t mind any of them 4 at safety in the second round Archives

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