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Thoughts on taking Eric Berry... as a CB?




Based on the workouts I saw yesterday, the best position for Eric Berry may just be at CB. Running his 4.47 at 211 lbs. shows that he is already fast enough to be an effective CB, and losing a little weight (back to his playing weight at Tennessee) should make him even faster. His leaping and agility tests were also off the chart. A 43" vertical leap and his 10'10" broad jump, both combine bests for the safety position,  show all his tremendous explosiveness. I think my biggest reason for suggesting his move to CB would be the durability required for run support, and concerns about his smaller frame. Career longevity would likely be extended by avoiding most of the constant collisions the safety position demands. Plugging him in opposite Talib would solidify a position of great need for us, and could allow a little more development time for someone to step up (Jermaine Phillips?). There is always the possibility of adding a F/A as well.

Who to take at position No.3 is a hotbed of discussion around Buc 'Em right now, and my personal choice would be one of the two monster DTs out there, being Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh. The real possibility that they could both be gone by pick #3 is there, and if that scenario played out, we would be unable to fill our biggest need without reaching for a player.

There is also the option of trading down. Should both QBs Sam Bradford and Jimmy Claussen be available at #3, there would definitely be some interest from several QB hungry teams hoping to take the player they want away from the Redskins. The disappointing 40 times run by the top CB prospect Joe Haden, and the subsequent view of him, had muddled the top 10 selections a bit. Should he drop significantly, the discussion on who the top CB prospect actually is becomes inherently more debatable. This development may also add some value to Berry.

What to do, what to do?

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