Notre Dame Fighting Irish nose tackle Louis Nix (1). Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins will have their pick of Linemen at 34

The Washington Redskins will have their pick of a number of offensive and defensive lineman when they make their pick in the second round.  As surprisingly a few highly rated prospects on both sides of the ball fell from the first round and will ripe for the picking for a team like the Redskins who need depth on their lines.

It was always speculated that the Redskins would look to upgrade their right tackle spot, and they will be able to do so beyond a shadow of a doubt if they choose to with their # 34 pick.  Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio is still on the board, and so it Morgan Moses the offensive tackle from Virginia.

So even if the Houston Texans take one of them or trade down for another team to at pick 33, on the of them will still be on the board for the Redskins one pick later.  Also, one of the top guards in the draft is still available in UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-filo, who would fit nicely at right guard for the Redskins.   As would Nevada’s Joel Bitonio.

On the defensive side of the line there may be an even bigger selection to choose from.  Two defensive tackles with first round grades have fallen into the Redskins lap in Notre Dame’s mammoth Louis Nix, and Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan.  Nix would probably fit better at nose tackle in the Redskins 3-4 scheme than Jernigan.

Also, the talented Ra’Shede Hageman out of Minnesota is still available, as is Missouri’s Kony Ealy, who both could help the Redskins with their pass rushing issues.  The Redskins war room must be buzzing, and their phone’s ringing off the hook with teams wanting to trade up.  We’ll see what GM Bruce Allen decides to do come round 2.


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