The Redskins have four big areas of need with a limited number of picks, and no first round selection, giving even more importance to their second and third rounders (34th and 66th overall). The more I think about it, the more I think the Skins need to shore up that right tackle position to ensure RG3 can use his now vast array of weapons.
I think if the draft goes to plan, Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan and Zack Martin will be off the board, leaving Morgan Moses, Cyrus Kouandjio and JaWuan James as likely candidates at #34, but if any of the first group do slide, they should be snapped up without hesitation.
My second favoured route will be the defensive line, specifically defensive tackle, a real monster in the center of the defense that consistently draws double teams. If any of Rashede Hageman, Tim Jernigan, Aaron Donald and Louis Nix are still there when the Redskins pick, it would be hard not to pull the trigger.
Although I wonder if Jernigan and Donald are more suited to end in the NFL. Conversely, Daniel McCullers is listed at 6’7” and 352 lbs, now that is a big man! You couldn’t ignore that from an offensive point of view, so I would like to see him picked up with our third or fourth pick if we go OL first.
There is not much depth at inside linebacker this year with only CJ Mosley being slated as a first round pick. Chris Borland would be a good selection at #66 but a reach earlier so it’s unlikely that we go inside with our high pick, unless by some remote chance, that Mosley slides.
Finally the secondary. After investing so many picks last year it would be disappointing to write them off after just 12 months, particularly considering Thomas didn’t play a down. There is great depth at corner this year so a decent, starting quality player such as Marcus Roberson could be found with a third or fourth round pick.
But unless Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix slide, I don’t think the Redskins will be spending a high pick on a safety. Not this year anyway. So my early picks subject to some surprising slides would be:
- Round 2 (#34 overall): Cyrus Kounandjio, the monster OT from Alabama
- Round 3 (#66 overall): Chris Borland, ILB from Wisconsin
- Round 4 (#102 overall): Daniel McCullers, the other monster, DT from Tennessee
Now I’d be happy with that.