When Bacarri Rambo was drafted in the sixth round with the 191st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, many were curious as to why a player who was at worst a late second, early third round talent dropped so far.
It was later reported that Rambo had failed two drug tests while at the University of Georgia, and that certainly raised many reg flags across a number of draft war rooms which explains why he nearly went undrafted. That said, the Redskins have a potential gem if Rambo stays out of trouble and improves as a football player.
As far as Rambo the player is concerned, what he brings to the table is the ability to play both strong safety and free safety positions with strong safety being what he played while at Georgia. Aside from his positional versatility, Rambo is a sure tackler, good in battling on 50/50 passes against receivers, and does a good job with flowing towards the play.
Despite his raw, athletic skills, Rambo struggled with taking bad angles towards a ball carrier, can be easily juked or eluded by ball carriers who reach the second level, and can be effectively blocked by physical receivers.
In organized training activities (OTAs), Rambo has spent a lot of time playing and working at the strong safety position given his skill set and that the Redskins also drafted Phillip Thomas out of Fresno State, who was a free safety in college. Given the amount of work he has gotten in OTAs and the depth level at the safety position for the Redskins, Rambo could get significant playing time in the 2013 season.
Transitioning into training camp, Rambo will need to continue working on learning the intricacies of Jim Haslett‘s defensive scheme. In a Jim Haslett coached defense, the safeties are asked to do a lot of back end work, play certain angles, and potentially blitz if playing in the box.
While Rambo has had his fair share of issues off the field of play, his talent on the field has never been questioned. If he is able to grow up and mature, the Redskins could have a player who could come in right away and be a starter as well as a necessary playmaker on defense that they could really use.