From the moment he was drafted in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins, former Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo had the best name in the NFL. However, that alone is not going to earn him any playing time for head coach Mike Shanahan. The Redskins are in dire need of improvement in the secondary, and their draft strategy reflected that need. Along with Rambo, the Skins drafted corner David Amerson out of North Carolina State in the second round and saftey Phillip Thomas from Fresno State in the fourth. Although not a certainty to help a defense ranked 30th in pass defense and 31st in passing touchdowns allowed, it’s a step in the right direction.
Of the three, Rambo is the best suited to make an immediate impact. At Georgia, Rambo was a ball-hawking safety who was known for creating key turnovers. In his career as a Bulldog he intercepted 16 passes and caused an additional six fumbles. His ability and willingness to tackle is what separated him from a lot of other free safeties. In his final three years in college, he averaged 70 tackles per season. At 6’1″ and 210 pounds, Rambo has ideal size to cover (he ran in the mid 4.5s in the 40 yard dash) and still be able to play in the box when the situation calls for it.
The one question mark about Rambo centers around his two drug-related suspensions while at Georgia. Like any collegiate player with similar issues, Rambo saw his draft stock fall quickly. In the end, that could very well benefit the Redskins. By the end of this year Rambo could make a significant impact in a secondary that needs to see dramatic improvement.
B.L. is a college football writer for Rant Sports, you can follow him on Twitter @coachlip