After trading down in the first round of the draft and selecting DE Ryan Kerrigan at number 16, the Redskins are now in the unlikely and quite fortuitous situation of having two second round draft picks. Though the selection of Kerrigan might have caught some off-guard, it was a wise move as the Redskins will be hurting mid-draft, having given away several picks in order to secure QB Donovan McNabb last year. The question now revolves around who the Redskins will pick.
I still think the greatest need for the Redskins remains in the WR position. With the 41st pick overall, I envision the Skins taking a name familiar to many in this region, Maryland WR Torrey Smith. Though Smith is not by any stretch of imagination the cream of the receiving crop when compared to Julio Jones and A.J. Green, both in size and overall ability, he got the job done for Maryland and I think he can definitely grow into a receiving position with the Skins.
With the 49th overall pick (that sounds nice doesn’t it) the Redskins will take Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett, if he is available. If not Mallett, then the Redskins will take Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. I would ideally like to see Mallett. I definitely think he is as good as Jake Locker, who went to the Tennessee Titans 8th overall, and not quite as risky as the number one overall pick Cam Newton of Auburn. It makes sense for the Redskins to take a QB. I think McNabb is, for his part, history. Rex Grossman will start and whoever the Skins draft at QB will be groomed for the position, unlike Cam Newton who may very well get a starting nod at some point this year; a risky gamble for Carolina, but QBs usually are. Just look at their last year’s QB pick, Jimmy Clausen.
If the Redskins do take a QB and WR in round two, don’t expect any more offensive players unless it’s a lineman. Honestly, I would like to see the Redskins bolster their defense after round two. This is all academic though, and I am sure the Redskins will completely surprise me by doing something like drafting Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling to give their secondary much needed help in round two. I wait with anticipation.
Note: Recently there has been word the Skins might try to dump their 41st pick in round two in an attempt to regain some of their mid-draft picks. Personally, I would keep the two second round picks based upon the Skins’ needs and who is still likely to be available. If they do deal though, expect the Skins to take a QB with their one second round pick.