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Need to Know: Five surprise picks the Redskins could make at 34

May 5, 2014, 4:46 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 5, three days before the NFL draft.

Nickel coverage

Here are five surprise picks the Redskins could make with their second-round pick.

CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State—This would be a surprise for the Redskins because not many expect him to be here at this point. But he does not seem to be as solidly in the top 25 as he was right after the combine and he could slide to the Redskins at 34.

CB Marcus Roberson, Florida—A few injuries, most notably a knee injury, hampered him last year. If the Redskins have him with a clean medical slate he could be their second-round pick.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State—Some would view this as a reach, some might view it as a steal. Everyone would be wondering why the Redskins spent their top pick on yet other wide receiver to go with Pierre Garçon and the two free agents they signed. But at 6-5 Benjamin has the size the other receivers lack and Jay Gruden may want that element badly enough to persuade Bruce Allen to pull the trigger here.

DE Dee Ford, Auburn—A lot of people are saying that the Redskins might want to get an edge rusher in case they can’t bring back Brian Orakpo. But I think most of those people would be surprised if it actually happens. You can sub DE Kony Ealy of Missouri or ILB Jeremiah Attaochu of Georgia Tech in this slot as well.

G Billy Turner, North Dakota State—He started for three years at tackle in college but he’s probably best suited to play inside. Turner is the combination of size (6-5, 315) and athletic ability that Gruden is looking for along the line and he might be the best player that no one has ever heard of.

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—It’s been 127 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 125 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

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  1. snyper94z28 - May 5, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    I think at 34, they entertain a trade down. When they do pick either at 34 or the new spot, I strongly feel its going to be OL, or MLB. It seems every year for the last 12 or so, that whomever the so called experts talk about, the redskins take someone that leaves me wondering if we need to overhaul out scout dept. (Answer is yes!)

    • lakeshow028 - May 5, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Great observation, it’s a wonder why the Management can’t see it.

  2. lakeshow028 - May 5, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    They need fricking O-line depth…If a solid lineman is available they better get.

    Winning begins on the line of scrimmage, a philosophy Mr. SNYDER seems clueless about!

  3. O - May 5, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    I still wouldn’t mind taking Kelvin Benjamin at 34. He’s a big red zone, back shoulder fade threat that Hankerson was supposed to be. I know we have other needs but if the BPA isn’t a need player, then take the BPA.

    You might say trade back but I doubt they would trade their first pick. Last year they didn’t either

  4. Robert Cooper - May 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Keep me posted on the site of redskins draft

    • Robert Cooper - May 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      And wizards

      • Rich Tandler - May 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        Sorry, don’t do Wizards here.

  5. captblood3000 - May 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Roberson ran a 4.61 40 at the combine, which is why he’s slid down draft boards. Turner also seems like a prospect who won’t otherwise go before round 3. Allen and company should not select a player at #34 if they expect that player or his equal to be available at #66. The Redskins did something equivalent last year by not selecting a safety in round 3. There was a pool of safeties that were round 3 prospects, almost all of which were still on the board in round 4. They then picked Thomas. The opposite strategy was Jerry Jones selecting Travis Fredericks in round 1. Fredericks was the top center in the draft, but was generally ranked as a 3rd round prospect. That pick filled an obvious need, but it could have been better spent. It makes me wish that Jerry will always be the Cowboys’ GM.

  6. renhoekk2 - May 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I actually have the Skinz picking Ford in my draft predictions.

    2nd RD Dee Ford OLB Auburn
    3rd RD Cameron Fleming OT Stanford
    4th RD Dion Bailey S USC
    5th RD Max Bullough LB MSU
    6th RD Storm Johnson RB UCF
    7th RD Jordan Navjar TE Baylor

    Orakpo and Kerrigan are not franchise player type edge rushers. They are both adequate nothing more. Fans always have a higher opinion of their players than what is reality. Both Orakpo and Kerrigan are replaceable, neither are elite pass rushers. Both are going to want big contracts next year and the following. Smart team wouldn’t overpay for either of them. Start grooming replacements now.

    • Rich Tandler - May 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Not a bad plan there but I need to note that since the Redskins picked up the fifth-year option on Kerrigan’s contract so he is signed through 2015. I think he will stay, doubt he will be looking for as much money as Orakpo. But he’s for sure around for two more years.

      Even if one or both stay, you can’t have too many pass rushers, especially since the secondary won’t be of Legion of Boom quality any time soon.

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      • renhoekk2 - May 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        I thought the 5th year option was not guaranteed except for injury. I thought they could cut him and not owe him anything before the start of the that 5th year season. Not saying they would. My point is neither are exceptional and both are replaceable. Not that it makes sense to get rid of either or both, but they should have options so as not to overpay for mediocre production.

        • Rich Tandler - May 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM

          Yes, they could terminate the fifth-year option at any point prior to the start of the 2015 league year, barring injury. I was speaking in terms of what will actually happen. In theory, they could release both Orakpo and Kerrigan this afternoon but it’s not going to happen.

          While I’m in favor of more pass rushers, the team needs to be careful about letting players walk if they are not “exceptional”. You can chase after that for a long time. I’d keep both Kerrigan and Orakpo around for the next 4-5 years if the contracts could be worked out. It seems unlikely that a deal will be worked out with Rak so he’s probably done.

          But there is no guarantee, none at all, that Dee Ford or Kony Ealy or anyone else you might grab at 34 will be an upgrade. Be careful of of trying to replace “replaceable” players. The supply out there is a lot lower than you might think.

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    • zb - May 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      I actually like this mock alot it isn’t just media names. The picks make alot of sense

  7. dcsportsfan2277 - May 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I would not mind them trading down but no more than 4 or 5 spots. Should still be able to get a quality O-lineman like Bitonio etc. if they slide and get an extra pick to go with it.

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