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Need to Know: 5 possible Redskins draft picks that could go very wrong

May 6, 2014, 4:44 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 6, two days before the NFL draft.

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Last week we looked at some potential picks who would be very safe. Here are five possible Redskins second-round draft picks that could go very wrong:

OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama—His size and athletic ability are good enough for him to go in the first round but problematic knees push him down on draft boards. He could be a steal or maybe he’ll battle knee issues for his whole career.

DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame—He clearly has the size and strength to be a solid player but he wasn’t during his junior year with the Fighting Irish. Tuitt decided to turn pro anyway, leaving questions about his desire.

LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin—The Redskins have a need at inside linebacker and Borland was a very good college player at the position. But he is likely to be a liability in coverage and not a good scheme fit.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State—Remember Rod Gardener, the 2001 first-round pick who earned the nickname “50-50” in honor of his chances of catching any given pass that hit him in the hands? If Benjamin can’t shake his case of the dropsies he could make Gardener look positively glue-fingered.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington—He’s big, talented and has a DUI conviction on his record. One report describes him as “a wild child who has been difficult to handle on and off the field.” ASJ could be very good player but he could be more trouble than he’s worth if he doesn’t grow up in a hurry.

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—It’s been 128 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 124 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: NFL Draft 2; Training camp starts 78; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 93

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  1. internetcareer - May 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    good going Rich on your 5 but I’ll take Tuitt our of those 5 because he is potentially the next Richard Seymour. He had hernia surgery couple of years ago but that is not a recurring injury so I wouldn’t hold that against him. And he came in heavier last season because he partied too much. Not a crime for a 19 year old college kid. Now he is 20 and his childhood is far behind him. lol

    Seriously though he turns 21 this month and he has never shot anyone or been a bad kid so once he goes to a good program he should evolve into that All Pro teams are looking for.

    The question is: Do the Redskins have the right program? Is Haslett the Right D. Coordinator? Who are the Redskins Pro Bowl Leaders who can take a young guy and mold him? And that is another topic for another article by the way? Where is our Ray Lewis or Ed Reed who sets the standard on the team????

    • alextwrs - May 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Ray Lewis was almost indicted on murder charges, yea we don’t have any of those gun toting leaders, your right we need those. I get the leadership deal but we have plenty of leaders from Kerrigan to Clark. You go to far sometimes net.

      • internetcareer - May 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Ray Lewis is a HOF 1st ballot. He was respected in the locker room and by everybody in the league. You obviously don’t like him…I get it. But he and Ed Reed did set the standard in the league for those 2 positions and in their own locker room.

        he had a nightclub incident. Yes he did. The league looked into it. The police looked into it. So. What’s your point?? Was 15 years ago and it doesn’t erase his locker room presence and his HOF career. Yes…the Redskins could use that kind of locker room presence.

        Kerrigan is a good player. Not a leader. Doesn’t inspire anyone. Are you kidding about that…you have to be. Ryan Clark has been a leader….ON THE STEELERS. He hasn’t played a down yet this season and he will be gone next year so he is not a long term leader who we can point to. But yes its good to have him as an on the field general. But locker room? I don’t see him gut checking people in the locker room.

      • jayovalentine - May 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Are you serious ?…. lol. Lewis was found NOT GUILTY. And my man Kerrigan is not even the vocal type like that… maybe he’s your favorite ? Any ways… this has nothing to do with this post. TROLL !! #HTTR !!

    • captblood3000 - May 6, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Agreed, Tuitt’s play last year suffered because of that surgery. If the Redskins draft him then the veteran defensive linemen, especially Cofield, will mentor him. If he’s still available at #66, I would likely take him.

  2. Keith K - May 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Hey Rich, where would you categorize Deown Buchannon? I think with his size and speed if he could learn behind Clark for a year, could turn out to be a solid FS.

  3. internetcareer - May 6, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    the Skins will be fine regardless of whether they get a starter at pick #34 or if it ends up being a strong backup guy. Most rookies do not make an impact and 50 percent of 1st rounders end up being average to duds. So if the Skins just get ONE solid starter out of this draft for 2014 they are pretty much ahead of the curve. Its the next 2-3 years which drafts are suppose to help.

    We got what we got folks..for this season. Don’t expect a rookie to ride in and save the day.

  4. kenlinkins - May 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Rich: You picked 5 guys I really hope the Redskins do not pick at #34, not a name on this list that doesn’t have IMO Bust written all over it. The risk’s you list for each one of these guys is just too high for me at #34. With a deep draft class, I think the Redskins can do better. Archives

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