1. Taylor Rapp, Washington
6-0, 208: No, he’s not the special talent of some of the recent high safety draft picks, but he’s the next great Washington defensive back who’ll step into the league, start right away, and be a big-time factor.
With 168 career tackles with seven interceptions, he’s equally good against the run and in pass coverage, but his money will be made as a tough guy hitter who’ll create plenty of pop.
Too much pop …
No, he’s not quite versatile enough for every scheme or every defensive coordinator – he doesn’t have the raw wheels – but he moves more than well enough to not take any wasted motion to get to the ball.
This is your quarterback and leader for a secondary. Don’t worry about the stats right away once he hits an NFL field – he’ll do a whole lot of the dirty work right out of the gate. Over time, he’ll make a defense his after first making a whole lot of noise as a star special teamer.
Projected Round: Second
Real Value: First