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Need to Know: 5 safe draft picks for the Redskins at No. 34

Apr 25, 2014, 5:16 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 25, 13 days before the NFL draft.

Nickel coverage

With only six picks, the Redskins can’t afford to take chances with any of them, especially their top pick, the second one of the second round. Here are the five safest picks for the Redskins to take with the 34th overall selection in the draft.

G Xavier Su’a-Filo UCLA—We took a look at him here yesterday. He could be the safest second-round pick out there.

DL Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota—A solid player with a good work ethic. He’ll never lead the league in sacks, or even the team. But he’ll be a reliable starter for six years or so and get about half a dozen sacks for you every year.

FS Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois—All of the other players on this list play with their hands in the dirt; Ward is the one exception. He is at low risk for being a bust because he combines good athletic ability with solid instincts.

G Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State—His athleticism makes him an excellent pass blocker and that’s the No. 1 asset a guard needs in this day and age.

OL Joel Bitonio, Nevada—You could start him at guard right away and then slide him out to tackle. His physical style will make him an asset anywhere along the line.

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Timeline

—It’s been 117 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 135 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: First veteran minicamp 4; NFL Draft 13; Training camp starts 89

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  1. captblood3000 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    OK, but who represents value at #34? I assume Hageman and maybe Su’a-filo, as he could well start. But aren’t the others mid-second rounders?

    • primetimehero - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Ward might go in the first. He is a very solid all-around safety who could start this season. He can also play both positions. Might be nice to pair him with Phillip Thomas in future.

      • ET - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        I really like Jimmy Ward. I think he’d be a good fit for the Skins. Hope he’s still there at 34.

        • primetimehero - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

          I really like him, as well. He’s a guy that can play both FS and SS, which Haslett loves. He can tackle, which we need. He can cover, which we need.

      • RedskinsMan - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Don’t forget he can play man in the slot too.

  2. RussianBreadMaker - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Is it just me, or does Xavier Su’a-Filo look totally out of shape around the waist and hip area? If the Skins draft him, I sure hope they get him fit.

    Personally, I would like to see a tackle taken…Polumbus has to be the worst right tackle ever.

  3. ajbus1 - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I love Hageman. Been living in MN for awhile and this kid is extremely athletic for his size. He was a b-ball player in HS and bulked up in college. To me he’s comparable to JJ Watt but bigger and more athletic. He just needs some pollishing. Unfortuantely I think he and Sua’Filo will be gone by 34. In my opinion they can wait on safety but Ward could be the best player available at 34. I like everything I read about Bitonio, don’t know much about Jackson. CB or OLB are very possible at 34 too. Hall can’t play forever and Orakpo might get too pricey. I hope we land an OT at 34 and go heavy on the defensive side through the rest of the draft.

    • kenlinkins - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      The word I got on Hageman was he sometimes didn’t show up for big games, that he was a non factor without being double teamed. I saw him play against Ohio State and he was very good, Any idea why people said he sometimes seemed like a ghost (knew he was their but did not really see him?)

    • CavemanCatching - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      I think we could still get a quality OT in the 3rd with Antonio Richardson or Ja’Wuan James, leaving us free to get the best available player with #34. There are numerous scenarios where a starting CB, S, ILB, G, DT, or DE is still on the board, while the quality of the available OT’s at that point might not be that different.

      • alextwrs - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        If the first four tackles are gone and sua, we’re going defense but not ward, not our best look for the future, gruden wants a nasty front. I say get a stud ilb and let em run.

    • hass - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      We need a d line that can attack if he is anything like watt I say go for it

    • Brandon - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Hageman is on my wish list for our first pick. I think he’d be able to help boost our pass rush. I really hope our first couple picks get us some help at DL, CB, or RT.

  4. barrymoyer - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Ward is tempting if he’s there at 34 and I wouldn’t be upset if the Skins grabbed him, but OT is where the need is. Clark (hopefully) has enough game left to patch up the safety problem and we need to get heavy on the line, and better. Much better. This should be an excellent draft for the Skins.

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