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With the 216th pick in the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins picked Arkansas safety Kamren Curl.

Rip Curl

At Arkansas, Curl played in 34 games over three years as a member of the Razorbacks’ secondary. Curl defended 15 passes and made 175 tackles over his three seasons at Arkansas. He picked off two passes in his career.

His two forced fumbles in 2019 were good for seventh in the SEC and Curl ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at the Combine with a 34.5-inch vertical jump.

A three-year starter at Arkansas, Curl started at strong safety the last two seasons after playing corner. He received a suspension for the Razorbacks’ season finale after socializing with Mississippi State’s dance team before their game.

What the Experts Say

Three-year starter with adequate size, instincts and competitiveness, but lacking speed and a plus position characteristic. Curl has experience in man coverage, but might be better suited as a split-safety where he can cover with his eyes more frequently than with his athleticism and speed. He’ll come up to hit and tackle but doesn’t have the frame or power to be an impactful run deterrent near the line of scrimmage. He has a chance to become a backup safety at some point if he has enough speed. -Lance Zierlein, NFL Network

Team Fit

I don’t know if Curl will find a place on the Redskins roster. If he does, it will be on special teams. His grade via NFL Network anticipates him being a fringe roster player and he could fall to the practice squad.