With the second pick, in 2012 NFL draft, the Washington Redskins select….
You can finish the sentence.
The only thing keeping Robert Griffin III out of Washington right now is time, and some fans cannot contain their excitement. The Redskins are expected to select RG3 with the second overall pick in this years draft, making it the biggest draft pick in recent history in D.C. But we as fans are forgetting about the other needs that the ‘Skins still have. One thing you need to be a successful team in the NFL is balanced talent, and right now that’s exactly what the Redskins are lacking.
Here is a 7-round mock draft that will touch every Washington need plus more:
Round 1, #2: Robert Griffin III, Baylor QB
No explanation needed for this pick. Mike Shanahan’s career will thrive or die on this selection
Round 3, #69: Phillip Blake, Baylor C
In a thin class of offensive centers, there is a slight chance that Blake will not survive a draft fall this big. If he is around, however, expect the Redskins to bring in RG3’s former snapper. They desperately need help on the O-line, and if Blake were to start this season, he could take the pressure off Will Montgomery and allow him to return to Guard position, where he belongs
Round 4, #102: Chase Minnifield, Virgina CB
I really see this pick happening for the Resskins. They defiantly want to nab a decent defensive-back while they can, and Minnifeild would be a steal. In his play at Viginia, he showed great potential and discipline, and is the right guy for a young team.
Round 4, #109: Ryan Miller, Colorado OG
If the Redskins were able to pull this off, they will have made a great decision. At 6’8 and 295, Ryan Miller dominated at Colorado, where he only allowed 5 sacks in 3,320 career plays. With RG3 aboard, it’s time to start thinking about some serious insurance
Round 5, #141: George lloka, Boise State S
At 6’4 and 222, this Boise State product will be a great addition to a patched up Washington secondary. lloka has great ball instinct and is a great player in a shallow pool of safeties, making it questionable that he’ll last until the fifth-round. If he does however, the Redskins could pair him up with pro-bowler Brandon Meriweather in the deep secondary
Round 6, #173: Tom Compton, South Dakota OL
The line still needs help, and after a year of learning the ropes, this could be a great addition to help protect Griffin III. In 2009, Compton started 10 games at right tackle, helping the rush unit average over 400 yards per game
Round 7, #213: Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern WR
Although the Redskins made upgrades in wide-receivers this off-season by adding Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, the unit is not yet solid. Ebert brings in raw talent that, with time, could develop into a major threat downfeild
Many of you may be wondering why I stayed clear from ILB, unlike many other mock drafts. I think London Fletcher will be around for three more years, and has solid back-ups in Perry Riley and Lorenzo Alexander. Washington needs to worry about their week secondary and protecting the franchise QB from Baylor, and also surrounding him with talent, raw or not. There is no reason why that shouldn’t be a main focus, and is exactly what should happen.
Bruce Allen and the front office know what they have to do to win this draft, and it’s up to them and owner Dan Snyder to make that happen.
Tune in Thursday night to watch history as the Redskins select Robert Griffin III to lead the future.