Let’s say no major names or quarterbacks slide from the first round, then I expect the Washington Redskins to then look at four positions, offensive tackle, safety, cornerback, and pass rusher. They have a clear need at offensive tackle, and there should be at least one of the top tackles still on the board when the Redskins pick.
Either Morgan Moses out of Virginia or JaWuan James from Tennessee both are offensive tackles that may be there at 34 for the Redskins. The pass rusher could be a defensive lineman or an outside linebacker. If a guy like Auburn’s Dee Ford is on the board, then he would be a tempting pick, as you can never have too any pass rushers.
Ra’Shede Hageman is a guy who could become a good pass rusher as a 3-4 defensive end, and the Redskins need to add some youth on their defensive line as well. It’s also possible one of the top corners might be there at 34 like Ohio State’s Bradley Roby or TCU’s Jason Verrett, two guys with first round talent.
The top two safeties in the draft, Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor will both be off the board in the first round. However, Northern Illinois’ Jimmie Ward might be there for the taking for the Redskins if they see him as the best player available and rate him higher than players at the other positions.
Positions you won’t see the Redskins taking at # 34? The Redskins don’t need a quarterback, they are really stocked at wide receiver, so I wouldn’t look for one to be taken at 34. Inside linebacker is a need, but unless Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, or Alabama’s C.J. Mosley fall to them, I can’t see the Redskins taking an inside linebacker at 34.