WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Now that the Washington Redskins have re-signed DeAngelo Hall, Fred Smoot wants them to draft the Honey Badger with their first pick, dismissing comparisons to former busts who also sat out a year, like Mike Williams, one of the “fattest, laziest wide receivers” he’s ever seen.

Bringing back DeAngelo Hall is more than a fan favorite move. They’re bringing back a proven commodity on the defense that creates turnovers, while limiting the amount of unknowns.

It seems coverage on the outside is shored up, which means it’s now time for the team to focus on slot coverage.

“We’re talking about a guy that’s going to be playing on the inside. Can I ask you something? Why not draft the Honey Badger?” Fred Smoot asked on his weekly appearance with 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny. “Why not go out there and draft a kid that did not play this year? And I know this is kind of rubbing some people the wrong way, but I think he’ll be perfect as an inside slot guy. I think he will make plays in the running game. I think he will make plays in the passing game.”

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Tyrann Mathieu is widely regarded as one of the more high-risk, high-reward guys eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. He was a Heisman finalist two years ago, who was forced to quit the LSU football team after countless marijuana infractions.

Essentially, he’s missed a year and is now being compared to other former college standouts teams have taken chances on after a year of dormancy, like former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett, or former USC receiver, Mike Williams.

“Let’s talk about Mike Williams. First of all, we’re talking about one of the fattest, laziest wide receivers I’ve ever seen in my life. Even when he was in the NFL, he didn’t work out,” Smoot pointed out. “Then we want to talk about Maurice Clarett. I think the only thing that was wrong with him, he thought he was better than he really was, and in the NFL we will humble you.”

Smoot fears a guy like Mathieu – who he believes is comparable to Ronde Barber – won’t be available to the Redskins in the third round, but the skill set he offers makes him worth the second-round risk.

“He’s naturally going to help you on Special Teams, all Special Teams,” Smoot said. “So when he comes in, he’s playing everything but offense and he’s actually lending a hand to the team. I think he’s well worth the risk.”

Intangibles Smoot mentioned:

  • knack for finding the ball
  • knowledge of slot corner position makes him NFL-ready

Listen to the full interview below…


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