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Need to Know: Five popular Redskins mock draft picks at No. 34

Apr 11, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 11, 27 days before the NFL draft.

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In an unscientific survey of mock drafts that extend beyond the first round, here are five names I found coming up frequently for the Redskins with the 34th pick.

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia—He’s just the right size for a Gruden offensive tackle at 6-6, 314. Moses started 43 of 48 games for the Cavaliers and you could probably plug him in at right tackle for the next eight years or so in Washington.

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech—Staying in the Commonwealth, Fuller isn’t Legion of Boom sized but he’s plenty big at 6-0, 190. His hands are among his best assets; when he gets them on the ball he usually catches it. And while he’s waiting for a full-time role on defense he should be a strong special teams contributor.

Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois—Ward is athletic and aggressive, a solid tackler who, like Fuller, could be a strong special teams contributor while he learns the intricacies of the defense.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State—If Jay Gruden really does like big receivers he’ll love the 6-5 Benjamin. He has been sliding off of here some since the signing of DeSean Jackson but the need for a red zone and move the chains target for Robert Griffin III remains.

Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame—Although the Redskins do have some depth on the D-line, it’s not really quality depth. This would go into the category of being a safe pick. Tuitt isn’t likely to be a star but you have to think he’ll be a solid player at worst.

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  1. Al Goode - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    I like Moses, Benjamin or Truitt. I also like Alabama’s tackle, Minnesota’s DL and both WR from LSU. Later on we will have a shot at Florida State’s center. This draft could put us over the top. How can we extend GM Allen’s contract? IMJS. Lol. HTTR

  2. hailyeah1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    they really haven’t done anything with RT in FA so Moses would be the logical choice if he is still on the board .
    Benjamin would be intringing but may be off the board also.
    The other three may still be there or they could have someone else in mind or someone could drop right to us that wasn’t expected..

  3. samhuff96 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    If there is a guard or right tackle worth the pick at 34 *TAKE HIM*. Protect Robert so he can throw deep and also give Alfred some more places to run. Likewise with the 3 rounder. A good running game is a powerful help to a QB, not to mention more time to throw.

    Yes, I know that the ‘Skins need more help in the defense, but tackles that can offend come along rarely and there is a great need to protect Robert.

  4. kenlinkins - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    I have seem way to many mock draft that have the Redskins picking a WR, OT, or Saftey / CB with the explanation of “This is a position of need”. IMO there will be a run on OT, WR and S/CB early in this draft, this will allow a true first round talent to drop to the Redskins, like, ILB CJ Mosley, TE Amaro, OLB K. Van Noy. The Redskins should not pass on a gift of a real first round talent in order to pick someone like the five guys listed above. IMO, 4 of the 5 listed above are really project guys who should be last 2nd to 3rd round picks in this draft, but too many teams are going to pick at the WR, OT, S/CB position as they are keys in today NFL. (all of these position will be picked over by the 34th pick) IMO The Redskins are not yet ready to play that game, they must start getting better players as “Better Players Make Better Teams” and take the long term out look of building thru the draft over the next 3 years and not try and reach to fill holes this early in the process. The new CBA favors teams that build using the draft and with the cost of the RG3 still being added up, the Redskins can reduce that cost by getting a real 1st round guy in the 2nd round and not pick a guy because they are weak in that position today. Stay smart GM Allen, so far so good.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      I support going B.P.A., because that’s what the draft is for.

      Use free agency to plug holes, use the draft to get talent.

      But you’re wrong about WR being picked over early. This draft is incredibly deep at WR.

      Since we’ve signed DeSean and Andre Roberts, we don’t need a WR with the 34th pick. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pick one later.

      • kenlinkins - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        what if WR’s Watkins or Evans dropped to the Redskins at the 34th pick due to illness or not career ending injury and had to miss half the year, would you pass? Or if Clowney had dropped due to failing a drug test, would you pass on the best talent in the draft? Or if the Redskins rated a QB higher than RG3 or Luck and he was there at 34th pick, would you pass. I would take the best talent still standing until the Redskins are a much better team.

    • shermanp79 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      I agree!! I think the signing of Jackson is a bad sign. I was OK with them making progress this year while letting the young guys develop. I think they need that first rd pick next year, a top 12 pick. This team is young. I know teams can turn it around in a year but I want long term success. I don’t want to start having salary dumps It will be interesting to see how far RG3 can bring us next year. I’m just worried the Jackson signing starts them returning to old form. Where they think this one or two guys put them over the top. I hope I’m wrong but they have more needs than they can fill this year and I want them to draft talent with pick value, not take a guy rated lower because they need that position either, hopefully they just felt Jackson’s talent was too much to pass on. It would have been smarter to sign one of the S, that would make more of an impact Signing him after Roberts isn’t going to make a difference. I would of been fine with AR and Roberts along with a drafted WR next year to go with Garcon and Reed. I think Britt for one year would have complimented the rest better. It’s a risk Jackson is his own guy and starts missing meetings or taking plays off, now we are stuck next year. I think Byrd would have had a bigger impact for that money.. .

      • kenlinkins - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        I disagree, This is not a young NFL team. The Redskins were the 31 oldest team when the 53 man roster was made in Sept 2013 and we have not added that many younger guys to the 90 man roster. With only 6 draft picks this year and signing so many older Free Agents “stop gap” types to the 90 man roster I do not see the Redskins getting into the even the top 16 youngest NFL Teams.

        • Rich Tandler - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM

          I don’t disagree but taking Fletcher and Rocca off the roster will lop a few tents off the average right there.

        • kenlinkins - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM

          I forgot about Fletcher and Rocca, add to that Moss and Chester who might not make the team. I also noticed that many of the guys who were placed on IR before the season opener were younger types, so the rating might be a bit misleading. Shermanp79 might end up being correct if you consider those facts and that most new head coach’s seem to keep younger guys that they believe in. That’s the wonderful thing about this web site, you can agree to disagree and debate without problems. Time will tell.

      • shamari - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Some of what you said is true but other then safety we don’t have that many holes in our team and not to mention I’m tired of people looking at the best talent and forgetting what football is…. Every year we see people drafted in rounds where they should be getting developed and not see much time playing just yet and those guys end up being full time starters. Football is a next man up game there are many people no name or not waiting to get their opportunity to play a large role on teams via special teams back up or even as starters. . So to say we have holes that can’t possibly be filled this year is nonsense, just like holes we don’t have on our team could easily become a problem spot due to many reasons injury bad play many reasons. . As for Jackson he spreads the field out for our team. .. He gives rg3 that deep threat that the now Dallas cowboy receiver Williams gave him when he was in college. ..As long as rg makes the reads right like we know he can it’s going to be a pick your poison kinda offense! Trips single back single te sets garcon Jackson Roberts and Reed with Morris or Helu/Thompson coming out back field? Dangerous! !

  5. rcjur - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Skins should not pick a WR in this years draft. That would be stupid. We have enough on the roster. Skins should take either DT Tuitt or T Kouandjio at #34. I would go with Tuitt if he’s there and get my Tackle in 3rd. Let’s do it GM and Coach!

    2nd – Tuitt DT
    3rd – Kouandjio T
    4th – McGill CB
    5th – Skov LB
    6th – Ladler S
    7th – Grimble TE

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      What, there aren’t “enough” DL on the roster? I count eight w/NFL experience who have a good shot at making the roster and they only play three at a time, will probably keep seven max.

      Not advocating for a WR but the depth there is much weaker. If you can justify a DL, one can certainly advocate for a WR.

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      • kenlinkins - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        Rich: If the Redskins had a guy like Tuitt rated at 98 and the next closest player rated at 89 (say WR, CB, OT) would you still pass on Tuitt? I guess some could ask if a QB was rated 98, and the next player was 89 but was a CB, WR, OT, would you pick the QB? My answer is yes at this stage of the Redskins rebuild. The better player at the start of a rebuild is always the correct pick. Some will say that is nuts due to RG3 but I still feel until you have build a solid team with few holes and your 3-4 year plan is working, you must take the better player. Your Thoughts?

        • Rich Tandler - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

          I would say you take the better player but the gap is unlikely to be that big. Also, I would add the caveat that I would try like heck to trade down first.

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  6. captblood3000 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    BPA is my mantra on this. (Ask yourself: Would Ozzie Newsome draft this player at #34?) Luckily for the Redskins, they don’t have needs at two positions where teams overdraft: QB and LT. The other position where teams overdraft, CB, is a need but not an urgent one.

    Also, when day 1 ends, every other team in the NFL is going to take a long look at their board and determine if they want to move up to snag their first-round talent at what will be the second pick of day 2. If the Redskins don’t see someone they must have at #34 (think Vinny drafting Orakpo), there’s a good chance they can trade down and still get a right tackle later in round 2. Any of the top 9 or 10 tackle prospects should meet their need. Two of those prospects went to Tennessee, so one of them (James) was a RT in college. If one of the top 4 tackle prospects (say, Zack Martin) is still there at #34, take him. If they grade Moses as a late first rounder, take him. If they have Moses as a mid-2nd-rounder, don’t reach for him.

    I could apply the same logic to any of these players. The Redskins front office must have grades on all these guys so they know who they consider to be a reach at #34. They won’t be telling us their grades, though.

    In my opinion, it’s free safety that’s the bigger position of need. Ward is a strong safety.

    Remember that your right tackle prospect is someone else’s left tackle prospect.

  7. ceetown22 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I like Moses, Fuller or Ward at 34, but I’m with everyone… Best player available makes the most sense. I just want whoever it is that we do end up taking to be a solid contributor and not a project (Jarvis Jenkins?)

  8. richardlee22304 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Wont be surprised if the Redskins trade the 34th pick to get more picks.

    • annunaki77 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Exactly my thinking also.

  9. annunaki77 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I don’t get it. Why in the world would we draft a WR? I know this class is deep but we are LOADED at WR now. What once was a weakness is now the Teams $trength. In fact, we have the Best WR corps in our division and one of the deepest in the entire NFL with the re-signing of Santana Moss who will be an above average number 4!!! We have 3 STARTERS that will all be fighting for balls and not enough will be able to go around. 1. Garcon 2. Jackson 3. Roberts 4. Santana Moss 5. Hankerson 6. Robinson And even if Hankerson isn’t fully healthy for camp we are Still loaded. Not to mention Jordan Reed is a 60+ catch TE when fully healthy. Any WR drafted this year will be a Waste because he will essentially be a red shirted freshman that probably wont even see the field cause we are so deep. We just shelled out 25 Mill for Jack and 15+ Mill for Roberts who will now be a great slot number 3 who can start as a number 2 in a pinch if there is an injury. We need to focus on OL & Secondary, while also adding some dept to our D line and LB positions. If I was the owner I would Trade Back and obtain more picks. The QB position is deep this year as this entire draft, and somebody is going to slip and we have the 2nd overall pick in the 2nd round. TRADE BACK and try to get an extra 3 rounder or 4th to a desperate team when the QB run starts in the 2nd round. You can trade back probably 5-10 spots and still get a player you want like a LT or Guard. In my opinion this can be a Super Bowl caliber team This year with a healthy RG3 plus we still have Alfred Morris and Helu at RB. In a Perfect worLd my draft would go like this.

    (Trade back obtain 3rd Round pick)
    2nd Round – CJ Mosley (ILB) Alabama or Morgan Moses (RT) Virgina
    3rd Round – Keith McGill (CB) Utah or Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB) Utah
    3rd Round – Deone Bucannon (S) Washington State
    4th Round – Daniel McCullers (DT) Tennessee
    5th Round – Russell Bodine (LG/RG) North Carolina
    6th Round – A.C. Leonard (TE) Tennessee State
    7th Round – Kevin Pierre-Louis (OLB/SpecialTeams) Boston College

  10. Erick Sweet - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    They have to build the o line. Draft a solid right tackle to go a long with Trent Williams. Archives

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