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Need to Know: Five players the Redskins should hope slide down in the draft

Apr 23, 2014, 4:50 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 23, 15 days before the NFL draft.

Nickel coverage

Here are five players widely projected to be taken late in the first round that the Redskins should hope slip to them (as a guide I used players taken from picks 20-32 on at least one of these CBSSports.com mock drafts):

DE Dee Ford, Auburn—Let’s face facts; it will be nearly impossible for the Redskins to sign both Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to long term deals. One or both will be gone by 2016. A defense based on an aggressive pass rush needs, well, pass rushers. Ford, who had 8.5 sacks for Auburn last year and could do better lined up at outside linebacker where he can utilize his athletic ability to elude blockers.

ILB C. J. Mosley, Alabama—He’s mocked as high as 14th to the Bears and as low as out of the first round. The Redskins could search for a long time for someone to replace London Fletcher at inside linebacker. Or perhaps Mosley, the leader of the Crimson Tide’s tough defense, could fall into their laps.

FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville—Right now he appears to be top-20 material but his physical nature could scare off some teams in search of a safety but in fear of drawing too many personal-foul flags. The Redskins, of course, have a perpetual need at safety and might be willing to risk some laundry on the field to get the problem solved.

CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State—It seems that Dennard is more likely to be taken closer to the top 10 than the second round but some have him going in the late 20’s so a further slide is possible. He could be good enough to shake up the depth chart in the whole secondary.

CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech—Fuller has gone from being a popular pick for the Redskins at 34 to someone who could be gone somewhere in the 20’s. Is his rise a result of media hype or is he actually moving up draft boards? He also could shake up the secondary depth chart.

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—It’s been 115 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 137 days until they play another one.

Days until: First veteran minicamp 6; NFL Draft 15; Training camp starts 91

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    I think there’s a good chance one or both of Dee Ford and C.J. Mosley is there at 34.

    I’m sure Pryor and Dennard are gone in the 1st, but there may be a chance Kyle Fuller is still there. If so, no question about our pick!

    P.S. I agree with your comment re: Teddy Bridgewater. If he’s still on the board when we pick and a team or three wants him, that is our best chance to trade back and get better than the usual draft pick value for it.
    ~

  2. officialgame - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    That’s how the Skins are run, on a hope and a prayer.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Well, when events are out of your control, like who is take in front of you in the draft, what else can you do?

  3. barrymoyer - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    It’s close but I’d still rather see us grab a solid RT to let the whole RGlll-Garcon-Jackson-Reed thing fly. But I’d have no qualms with any of the players named in this piece. I don’t see how we can make a lousy pick at 34…LOTS of talent to choose from. Not worried.

  4. internetcareer - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    maybe its just me but I think some of you are missing the most important fact. Pick #34 MUST be a starter or rotational starter. He won’t be a bench warmer or a project. Therefore…how does anybody in their right mind project the Skins to take a cornerback with that pick.

    A rookie is not going to beat out D. HALL. A rookie is not going to supplant Amerson because Amerson already has shown he can play…he also was a 2nd round pick…and now he must start or that pick was wasted. Porter is a veteran with loads of talent and Superbowl experience. Is a rookie going to take HIS spot? Not a chance in Hell. What about Biggers? They resigned him as the 4th corner.

    So its a waste of time to believe that a cornerback could possibly be taken with that pick and I am going to have to ask the same about Defensive Line because the STARTING THREE is already set so a rookie Defensive End is not going to be starting….and pick number 34 MUST BE at least a rotational starter. So will the rookie beat out Jenkins who was also a 2nd round pick and must produce this year or if Bowen comes back does a rookie beat out Bowen as a reserve??

    I know you guys have to write articles but lets be realistic and use logic. The Skins had a weak interior OL last season and no Pro Bowl caliber interior linemen have been added, unless I fell asleep and missed it. The Redskins could easliy draft a FUTURE Pro Bowl offensive lineman and stick him in there to start immediately. Tight end is the only other position that I can see as a rookie coming in to start rotating with Reed.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      You don’t have to think that the Redskins will take the best available player. I do think that they will regardless of the 2014 situation at a particular position and I will continue to write posts based on that.

      > >

      • internetcareer - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        I understand that Rich, and I am not a Nostradamus either. But I was just basing my comments on the assumption that pick #34 really needs to be a starter type. The best available player may be a QB or a Wide receiver so I doubt seriously that you truly believe the Skins will take the BPA if its a wideout or QB.

        What you REALLY mean is that the Skins will take the BPA at certain positions and I agree with that. Either way I think you and I may end up being surprised by who or what they take. It always works out that way.

        • kenlinkins - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

          internetcarerr, while I agree with your logic the unknown factor here is would GM Allen be willing to cut a free agent he just signed (or short another area of the roster) in order to keep a 2nd round draft pick on the roster would may not play in 2014 at CB, OLB, when IMO the O-Line concerns of 2013 could still be the major area of need? I think most would agree that Coach Shanahan would not as his willingness to admit mistakes or change was not good. But what we do not know is just how GM Allen thinks, does he believe his moves with free agents have fixed the O-line or does he believe with the right players in the draft he could re-build the O-line for the next few years and deal with the Orakpo problem (or the CB problems coming in 2015) later. IMO the key is what the GM believes he needs to get HIS new head coach off to a good start. Rich: That why I asked if GM Allen was a good poker player, can he play a weak hand and win?

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Pick #34 MUST be a starter or rotational starter.

      That’s how bad teams stay bad.

      The draft is to get more talent on your team. Free agency is for plugging holes. Say we don’t pick a CB. What happens next year, should D. Hall have an age-related decline like London Fletcher just did?

      If a CB is the best available player when we’re picking, than we should pick him.
      ~

    • Brandon - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      I’m sorry but neither Baker nor Bowen (coming off microstructure surgery) are so good that a rookie like Hageman couldn’t beat him out for a starting job. And even if they were, Hageman would probably be the first lineman off the bench so we would qualify as an impact player.

      It’s the same thing at CB: Porter isn’t as good as you make him out to be. At best he is a decent player. A guy with “loads of talent” wouldn’t be on his fourth team in four years. I think he’ll be a solid nickel corner so I liked adding him, but a rookie like Roby or Verrett could easily beat him out for that spot. That would improve our team speed and pass coverage in the nickel. Not to mention it would give us a future starter at the position.

  5. kenlinkins - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    I might add Ryan Shazier (OLB/ILB Ohio State) and Bradley Roby (CB Ohio State) to the list (and not just because I live in Columbus). Both have outstanding speed which should keep them in the first round but both have a few question marks which could drop them into the early 2nd round. Of the 5 listed, IMO the Redskins have targeted JC Mosley as the most likely to fall to them at #34. CB’s, and OLB/ Pass rushers just have to much value and Safely seems to be a problem area for many teams. The good news is that there will be first round talent waiting for the Redskins at #34, and for that reason I not do want to see the Redskins trade down into the area of #48 in order to pick up another pick around #90. IMO the CBA has increased the value of the higher picks and the old Draft Value Chart requires updating. Unless the Redskins can gain a top #75 pick for moving down into the #45- #48 range, I would not do the deal. The talent that should be waiting for the Redskins at #34 is just to good.

  6. stevea53k - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    IMO there are two draft prospects who are close to the bubble of availability at slot 34 and would improve the Redskins the most, both immediately and long-term. Either of them would play 3-4 DE for the Redskins and would bring special capabilities to the position. They are
     
    Stephon Tuitt
    and
    Ra’Shede Hageman
     
    HTTR!

    • captblood3000 - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      I saw “we have our 3 D-line starters” on this blog earlier this week. That would be Hatcher, Cofield and who? Do you assume Bowen returns to form? I don’t. Aren’t all 3 of them 30 or older? Nor would I be adverse to picking a CB if that’s BPA at #34. Some teams saw Amerson as a potential FS, so drafting a top CB would shake up the defensive backfield for the better. On the other hand, if you reach for a tackle at #34 that tackle might not push Polumbus out of his job this year. You could draft an interior line starter at #34 but you could also do that at #66 or #102. I hope they draft BPA. Really.

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