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Need to Know: 5 NFL draft notes including the Redskins’ pick at 34

Apr 16, 2014, 4:48 AM EST

Cyrus-Kouandjio-Alabama

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 16, 22 days before the NFL draft.

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Here are five thoughts on the Redskins and the NFL draft, which eventually will get here, I’m told.

It’s not a grocery list, people. You don’t grab your cart and head to aisle five to pick up a tackle first then zip over the produce to find a fresh cornerback after that and so on. You really don’t know what your board is going to look like when you’re on the clock. Even if you think you desperately need a starting right tackle it does you no good to just take a tackle if there isn’t one on your board who is capable of starting. Or if there is another player who is much better at his position than the tackle you’re staring it. You have to take the better player.

—With all of that said, I still wouldn’t be surprised if the factors of need and best available player magically melded together in the form of Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouankjio. I’m putting my (figurative) money on him to be the Redskins’ pick at 34.

—Since they are picking near the top of each round the Redskins should get someone who is capable of starting in 2014 with their top pick and someone who can start by 2015 with their third-round pick. The four players they pick on Saturday will be depth, special teams, and maybe, if they’re lucky, a 2015 or 2016 starter.

—The Redskins might like to trade down in the second round to pick up some additional selections. But it’s not like going up the window at a bank to get a ten and two fives for a $20 bill. You can’t call Roger Goodell and say, hey, I’d like two thirds and a fourth for this second rounder. There has to be a team that is willing to trade up. And in a draft that’s deep like this one is, teams may be reluctant to give up picks to move up. Don’t be surprised if the Redskins try to move down but fall.

—We will be getting our first look at how Bruce Allen drafts when he has the final say over personnel. In his first job as a GM in Oakland, Al Davis always had the final word. And in Tampa Bay, Jon Gruden already had a Super Bowl ring so he had plenty of influence in the process. Here Allen has the control and while he will take input from Jay Gruden, Scott Campbell, and others it’s his call. It takes a while to build up a history to see what Allen looks for so this is just a first step.

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Timeline

—It’s been 108 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 144 days until they play another one.

Days until: First veteran minicamp 13; NFL Draft 22; Training camp starts 98

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  1. thankslittlebrandonbanks - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    If we take Kouankjio at 34, does that mean Moses is already off the board or you like Kouankjio a little better?

  2. babyteal1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Take a guard with the #34

    • annunaki77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      RT or Guard would be happy with both as long as they play and contribute in year 1.

  3. annunaki77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Absolutely correct. NOBODY knows. All we can do is hope, make a wish list, or mock. Players always slip, and players always get over drafted. Would love to see the Skins take a RT though, a guy who is healthy and can play in year one and contribute. Hoping we can trade down as well somehow and obtain more picks. And hoping we stay away from red flag injury type dudes.

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    We’ve got needs all over.

    Best available player, please!
    ~

  5. captblood3000 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Most likely trade-down partner would be a team that needs a quarterback, that didn’t take one in round 1, that isn’t willing to wait until its own second round pick. You won’t be able to identify such a team until the end of day 1, although you can identify the quarterback-needy teams now. Pass rushers, tackles and cornerbacks are other positions where teams might trade for #34. A good example of a trade-down was when the Jaguars and Redskins traded first round picks 3 (I think) years ago. The Jags picked Blame Gabbert at #10 and the Skins picked Ryan Kerrigan at #16. The additional pick from the Jags eventually became Hankerson and Helu. As I recall, there were 2 other pash rushers available in round 1 (at 10) that the Redskins should had ranked near Kerrigan (Quinn was one) so the value of #16 was little less than the value of #10 if they wanted to take a pass rusher. This year it would seem that the top 4 or 5 tackles will be off the board at #34. There might be ten tackles off the board #66. At that point, all immediate starting right tackles could be gone. In a trade down, you could still get your starting tackle and use the later pick to address a different need. But to paraphrase Rich, you need a partner. And remember how that deal worked out for the Jags.

  6. kenlinkins - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    After running over 500 draft simulations and never seeing the same one twice, I agree no one knows who will be sitting there for the Redskins with the 34th pick. I agree that GM Allen will be the key, how he values each pick vs. the players sitting on the board. Is GM Allen a gambler (D Jackson), or take no risk guy (tagging Orakpo) or a sit and hold guy (Riley) or a fast mover (signing D. Hall and Lauvao). Right now I do not know how to label GM Allen and my guess is that other GM’s do not either. So, Rich: Have you ever played poker with GM Allen? Can he pull off a bluff, read across the table, manage money and value bet, understand the odds, know when to fold to fight another day? He sure does dress well so maybe but that doesn’t tell me anything about the draft. Rich: Would you buy a used car from him? (trying to get a read on him is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall). What am I missing?

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