Redskins eye safeties in NFL Draft

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The Redskins don't have a first-round pick, so they won't have a shot at one of the elite safeties in the draft. But some other intriguing names will be available for the Redskins in April. With help from Russ Lande, an ex-NFL scout who now heads the National Football Post's draft coverage, here are three names -- two of which are under the radar:

Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International »

"I was standing [at the Senior Bowl] with a DB coach who has been in the NFL or Division I college football for more than 20 years," Lande said, "and he said, 'Russ, I'm telling you those are the feet of a starting safety. This is what you want in a starting safety.' "

David Amerson, N.C. State » "He's been a corner his whole life," Lande said. "But he's not a fast guy. If a team plays cover-2 and their corners don't have to be great runners, ... or if you want a real athletic safety who's willing to hit, he could be the sleeper safety of the draft. He's tall, linear and for a safety he can run and is athletic."

Duke Williams, Nevada » "The kid who may end up being the best of all of them other than Kenny Vacarro," Lande said. "He's a violent player. He flies up the field. He also played a bunch of corner. He'll test great on the chalkboard."

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