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Need to Know: Who will the Redskins pick at No. 5?

Feb 22, 2015, 6:52 AM EDT

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INDIANAPOLIS—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 22, 16 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

Question of the day

While I’m here at the NFL Combine this week, I’m going to change it up a bit. I’m going to pose the question each morning centered around the draft and the position group that will be talking to the media on that day. You can find the daily schedule here. Up today, the defensive line.

Who will the Redskins draft with the No. 5 pick?

So, the combine is in the books so let’s see where the Redskins might stand. We will assume here that the Redskins are going to stay where they are and not trade down. A deal could well happen but that would open up more possibilities than we could reasonably outline here. So let’s go with staying in the five hole for now.

Let’s also say that Jameis Winston, Leonard Williams, Marcus Mariota, and Shane Ray are off the board in some order to the Bucs, Titans, Jaguars, and Raiders. If the Redskins go with the best available player at that point, there are the top three possibilities in ascending order of my view of how likely they are.

NT Danny Shelton, Washington—He fits the “big guy” mold (6-2, 339) that GM Scot McCloughan likes. At that size, he played some 900 snaps for the Huskies, an amazing number. When McCloughan puts him under the microscope he will want to figure out if Shelton can move around on the line some for the 50 to 60 percent of the time that the Redskins will run in a defensive front that is not a straight 3-4; the fifth overall pick can’t be a part-time player. McCloughan will have to be satisfied that Shelton can consistently impact games; his presence wasn’t always evident in games against quality opponents.

WR Kevin White, West Virginia—He is not a possibility here because of the 4.35 time he posted in the 40 at the combine (McCloughan isn’t big on times in shorts and T-shirts) but because he is that fast on the field. White is big enough (6-2) and strong enough to outfight any defensive back for the ball. McCloughan will put him under the microscope to see if he is going to work to get better as a pro. White would be a very controversial pick among the fan base but if he checks out he might be too good for McCloughan to pass up.

DE Dante Fowler, Florida—He was the favorite here going in and he did nothing to knock himself out of that spot. Fowler was very much at ease speaking to the media crowd. McCloughan places a lot of stock in interviews and Fowler should ace that. Of course he has to get it done on the field as well and the Redskins will have to project if he can be a consistent double-digit sack performer in the NFL.


—It’s been 56 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 203 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 16; Redskins offseason workouts start 57; 2015 NFL Draft 67

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  1. kenlinkins - Feb 22, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    I think both Shelton (DT) and Fowler (OLB) would be good picks at the number 5 pick. I am not sold on White. The good news is that the Redskins new GM has so many holes to fill on this very poor roster that lacks true NFL talent that it would be hard not to up grade any position with early picks. A case can be made for DT, OLB, OT, CB, SS, FS and even QB, WR or RB with the Redskins top pick. IMO this mean BPA will work in favor of the Redskins as even a impact miss (but true NFL starter) would up grade the roster. The one thing that has me concerned the most that many are not talking about is how the new GM will clear the roster of dead wood and how much Cap Money can be saved over the first two years to sign Free Agents in 2017 if all go’s well in the next two drafts. I would love to see the GM’s “outline” plan and grades on players worth. The easy cuts (Bowen, Cofield, Chester, Porter, Paulsen) are not a problem, it is the plan for Garcon ($14 million saving over two years) and T. Williams ($12 million this year, injury concerns, new contract under the new CBA?) Young ($1.2 million for a FB that doesn’t fit the system) Hall ($5 million over two years, not sure if he will ever play again) AND Over paid players like Hatcher and Lauvao who cost you Cap room to cut. What is time table to clear these guys, what do you replace them with (assumes new GM has low grades on them)? Will there be a youth movement in 2015/2016 (cuts lost and move on) or will the Redskins try a steady build up of cheaper 4 /5 year vets coming off 1st CBA contracts from better teams who can not resign them (slow/small up grades)? As long as the new GM doesn’t go back to the “Kid in a candy store” mind set we fans have seen for so long, the Redskins should get a little better every year. (I HOPE)! Oh Yea, what to do about RG3? Seems the new GM has a ton on his plate and I would like to know what he is planning on eating first!

    • obxskins - Feb 22, 2015 at 9:42 AM

      So are you suggesting cutting T. WiIlliams?

      • acefwh - Feb 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM

        I don’t know that I’d cut Trent but I think what he is saying and what I have been saying is the Skins need to look not at who those players are now but how they’ll project 2 years from now…seriously I would not resign anyone on this current roster to a long term big money deal. I think Williams best football is behind him. And I’d stay out of FA for 2 years and roll that money over into year 3 and tear the league up!!-

      • kenlinkins - Feb 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM

        Believe me when I say that I have gone back and forth on T. Williams (cost vs. production). He is a very good LOT, and they get paid, add to that the investment made into the QB position and you could figure that T. WIlliams cost in 2014 was about right (about $10 million) but moving forward with a $13 million plus cost in 2015 and a Cap Savings on $12 plus if you cut him pushes him into the same area as Garcon (requires a new deal). The problem is that T. William came here in the last year of the old CBA and his contract benefits him more than the team and he has no real reason to re-do his contract until it ends. For the Redskins to get him to move into a new contract, they would have to push money into later years which is a big concern with T. Williams injury history. Now if T Williams can play all 16 games in 2015 at the pro bowl level, he is worth the $13 plus million in 2015 and the $12 million Cap savings idea would look foolish if he played some where else. My point is that the new Redskins GM must avoid getting into contracts like Garcon, Hatcher and Williams. Right now T. William has $12.3 million in sure money (if cut) and $13.3 if he plays here. What is the plan with Williams? Try and re-sign now, let him play out his contract and let the NFL set his worth as a free agent, Draft his replacement now or in 2016? Maybe I am jumping the gun a bit on the new GM, I just wish I knew more about his plans (i.e. had a better read on him) but then again, if I did have a good read on him (like we all did with GM Allen when we all knew what he was doing), he wouldn’t be much of a GM as they must keep their plans under cover until they act!

    • acefwh - Feb 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM

      Excellent post!

    • jonevans511 - Feb 22, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      I respectfully disagree on White. He passes the eye test for me physically and on film (go back and watch his highlights, not just the catches but his route technique and overall effort, against Bama this past year). WVU played tough competition and KW stood out against everyone he faced-even when the rest of the team looked flat.

      Now, with that said and knowing you’re a legitimate Skins fan, I can say that I agree 100% with your feelings on Shelton and Fowler. I’d lean towards Fowler due to his flexibility, but I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to a monster NT like Shelton.

      I guess the bottom line is we “need” more than just one or even 5 position upgrades, but ignoring WR would be a mistake in my book. If SM decides that KW is the best available at 5 and we take him, I know some fans will be upset but I’ll jump for joy. Stud WRs help teams keep up in the ridiculous offensive arms race we’ve seen unfold over the last few years. I’d be remiss to act like a boost to our receiving corps is the one missing link for our team, so if we decide to take a defensive player at 5 and see how the rest of the draft plays out I’m fine with that as well. Just believe me when I tell you (or better yet, trust me when I make this uneducated guess): KW will be a game-changer who comes to work every day with the right attitude.

      • ET - Feb 22, 2015 at 12:03 PM

        The interesting question with a White or Amari Cooper pick is what does that mean for Garçon and/or Roberts? The offensive weapons were not optimally utilized in 2014; adding another threat muddles that situation.

        Either way, my guess is McC & Co. make a defensive pick at #5. I’d be happy with Shelton or Fowler, but really like Fowler’s energy and scheme-flexibility.

    • shermanp79 - Feb 23, 2015 at 9:32 AM

      I understand why you say cut T.Williams. I have thought about it too. He did not play well last year but getting rid of a ProBowl LT is risky. There isn’t a “for sure” LT in this Draft. They all have work to do, that’s why I don’t see them doing it this year. The other is every other spot needs to be upgraded. By keeping Williams you at least expect to have a guy to cover a young QBs blind side. RG3 has enough problems with the rush. We don’t need him worrying about guys behind him. He gets nailed when he sees the guy coming. I worry about the other OL positions this year. If he struggles again they can discuss it then. I could see them taking a guy who could fill in there. What do they think of Mosses. Will the change help him. It’s possible they move on when Williams contract is up but they aren’t going to want to start a totally new OL. Especially while trying to figure out if you have a QB to lead the team.

  2. obxskins - Feb 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Shelton..I believe he helps in more than one area and will def make others better! He will demand double teams, helping other dl’s and linebackers and by collapsing the pocket that helps the db’s, in my humble opinion.

  3. Stephfan - Feb 22, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Draft Shelton and shore up the dline. That’s what we need the most

  4. deepball1 - Feb 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    cut trent williams? I sure am glad that you experts on here haven’t yet been hired to run things for the Redskins. We don’t need anybody who has graduated from the Vinnie Cerrato school of mismanagement.

    • kenlinkins - Feb 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

      I didn’t say CUT T. Williams, I was asking about the new GM’s plan for poor performing contracts (i.e. over paid players like Williams, Garcon, Hatcher, Porter, Cofield, Bowen, etc etc). Like it or not, T. Williams is on that list IMO.

      • webber100 - Feb 24, 2015 at 6:02 PM

        When you’re a perennial pro-bowl left tackle, you get paid those type of contracts. That’s not even mentioning Williams’ importance to the team. He’s clearly the best lineman on a unit that consistently under performs every year. You don’t get rid of your best building block. He has been injured a lot recently which has affected his performance at times. But he’s one of the few people actually willing to play through those injuries. And again, he still played at a pro bowl level. Players like Williams are exactly the type of people we should want to keep around on this team. Draft, develop, and resign your own. That’s what builds winners.

  5. goback2rfk - Feb 22, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Take Marcus at number 5 if he is still there. They are going to take the best option at that spot no matter what right? When and if RG3 gets benched again next year who would you rather see come in Kirk INT Cousins, or Marcus. At-least Marcus would make some of those garbage games toward the end of the season fun.

    • mr.moneylover - Feb 22, 2015 at 12:24 PM

      We not gonna draft another QB if we do it will be in a late round…kirk cousins might get traded and they gonna try to resign colt mccoy to be the backup

      • shermanp79 - Feb 23, 2015 at 9:43 AM

        No need to bring McCoy back. He isn’t much better than the other two. His arm is weak and the more he played, you saw the real McCoy. They need to play the young QBs and let them fight through it for a season. That is the only way to find out if either can ply. They need consistent time, Kurt has played less than a season. Whoever starts week1, we want starting week 17. We are building, having another high pick will only help this team. If we are that bad we will need a QB, being that high will give the best shot to take that guy.

    • webber100 - Feb 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM

      So you want us to take another mobile quarterback coming from a college system where he gained no experience in a pro style offense. Another huge project at quarterback that might not pan out. The guy is RG3 v2, except possibly with less athleticsm (depends on how much you think RG3 lost after the ACL tear). I’m pretty sure the skins will pass.

  6. abanig - Feb 22, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Shelton, the Redskins need to rebuild their DL to make their defense better

    • skins4lyfe - Feb 22, 2015 at 11:22 AM

      Shelton is the choice it will allow our other d line men to play their natural position. Start Shelton with baker and hatcher on the d line and we now can collapse a pocket up the middle add Frank kearse for depth and find young bodies to compete. Bowen cofield Jenkins gholdston are all cap casualties. We would be very young at the position and ready to change the misfortunes of our past year with proper coaching and development.

      • kenlinkins - Feb 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM

        I like it, and even if it doesn’t generate the pass rush from the 3 man front required it is a great start. If Murphy doesn’t turn into a good pass rushing OLB he could be used as a DE to replace Hatcher in 2016. Then it is back to the draft for another OLB. If you are thinking longer term, Shelton is a good pick at the 5th spot.

    • Redskins82 - Feb 22, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      I’m still on board with you in I want us to select Shelton. Helps collapse the pocket. Tired of seeing other QBs step into a perfect pocket on 3rd down!

    • Joe Greene - Feb 22, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      He was average, and nothing more, against good opponents.

  7. mrperry757 - Feb 22, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Fowler would be my pick at 5 we need another edge rusher to take Raks place

  8. sidepull - Feb 22, 2015 at 12:09 PM


  9. mr.moneylover - Feb 22, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Dante flower will be the best available player if nobody dont take him before the redskins pick…I think they can get starting players from round one threw 3 and scot M. is known for picking up good late round talent

  10. skins1970 - Feb 22, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    If Leonard Williams is there he should be pick if not I would be happy with Danny Shelton or Dante Fowler Jr .

  11. Jeffre M Beland - Feb 22, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Going to keep it short and sweet. Run to the stage with a card that reads “Danny Shelton”. We need DL help that shortens QB time in the pocket.

    • Gregory Steele - Feb 22, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      Shane ray or Randy Gregory

      • mr.moneylover - Feb 23, 2015 at 9:02 AM

        @Gregory steele…randy gregory is underweight he have to put on more weight and his game is not that impressive it showed him getting pushed around …redskins will have a chance to go after vic Beasley who is way more physical then randy gregory is…

  12. Joe Greene - Feb 22, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    If Williams somehow slips, you take him #5. If Fowler is there and you can’t trade down, you take him #5. If the options are one of the QBs or Amari Cooper, you take Cooper #5 and sort out the WR logjam later. White isn’t in the conversation. Shelton probably should be picked in the 2nd half of the 1st round since he puts up his numbers primarily against bad teams.

  13. gurnblanstonreturns - Feb 22, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Please trade down.

  14. CavemanCatching - Feb 22, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    I think you have to throw Vic Beasley into this conversation. The guy was already under rated going into the combine compared to some of the other top names. But, proved this weekend that he was a top of the line beast. The top 40 time, 35 reps at 225 pounds, a 41 inch vertical, and nearly 11 foot broad jump are all amazing. Plus, not only would he be a phenomenal OLB, but he would also be able to play defensive end on the many downs that our new DC will be using a 4-3 alignment.
    I was hoping that we would be able to trade down with Cleveland for their two first-round picks and get this guy and the NT Brown with those pics. I no longer feel that will be possible. Beasley will be long gone well before the 12th pick.

    • mr.moneylover - Feb 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM

      @caveman I agree…if shane ray dont impress scouts on his pro day redskins can easy turn and pick vic Beasley

  15. mr.moneylover - Feb 23, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Redskins will pick dante flower,vic Beasley or or shane ray with the 5th pick….there will be talent in rounds 1-3 and if you drafting smart you will hit jackpot in your late rounds…I agree with scot m. when he say undrafted free agents are just as important then the draft because thats the chance to bring in multiple players to make your team even stronger for a turnaround season

  16. redskinscaio - Feb 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    I hope the Skins go offensive line or middle linebacker. Like I’ve been saying every post, it’s salary cap suicide to pick a Defensive lineman with the first pick! The Redskins already have a bunch of money invested in their defensive line. They already have starters at those positions! Bowen, Coffield, Hatcher. Hello, there’s like 20 million already invested in the two DE and NT positions!!!!!!! I don’t even know why I keep reading Tandler’s articles. I disagree with more than half of the stuff he puts out there…. He’s wrong so often too. With the salary cap rules, and parity rules, a team has to follow a formula to build a team. A team just can’t go out there and grab the best player available. There’s 22 positions, and a salary cap to think about too!!! If your mom gives you 10 dollars to buy milk and bread, you can’t spend 10 of it on bread. Then there’s no money left over for the milk! The Redskins have 20 million in cap space. They don’t have any safeties. Right tackle and right guard positions need to be upgraded. Come on people. The positions that the Skins absolutely cannot invest a high pick on is Wider Receiver, DE and NT. Those are the three positions that Tandler thinks the Skins will draft! ahahahahahaah
    I want to shoot myself … Oh to be a Redskins fan …

    • Caveman Cooking - Feb 23, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      For the first 4 years (plus, an option year), these rookies are locked into bargain basement contracts by the collective bargaining agreement … putting a very small dent in the cap. It’s very likely that, by the time we’d have to negotiate a “real” contract with any of the new players coming in this year, the players you are referring to (and their contracts) will be long gone.
      That said, Fowler would play in Orakpo’s spot as an OLB. He may be listed as a DE, but so was Kerrigan coming out of college.

  17. redskinscaio - Feb 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    The SKins just signed two really expensive wide receivers last season. Helloooooo!!!!!??????????? DeSean Jackson and Andre ROberts. You do know there’s a salary cap right????!!!!!!!! If the Skins draft a wide receiver with the 5th overall pick, I think I will officially have to choose another team to be a fan of. All my life I’ve been a Skins fan. The last 10 years have been so brutal. One salary cap mistake after another. This is not baseball where there’s no salary cap!

    The Redskins strength is the wide receiver position. They have DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Andre ROberts, just to name the top three. And you, Mr. Tandler are suggesting that they might go wide receiver??!!!!! Am I in the twilight zone?! Seriously what the …..

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 25, 2015 at 5:04 AM

      So, if you go root for another team does that mean you won’t come in here and be a repetitive, condescending jerk? I think you could consider that anyway since it’s going to get you banned.

      Contracts don’t last forever. If you draft a player high, you can release another, high-priced player at that position either after the draft, during training camp, or the following season. It’s called getting better, younger, and cheaper in the draft. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of examples.

      But just knock off the “Hellooo!!!!???” garbage and we’ll be fine. Got it?

      > > >

  18. Al Goode - Feb 25, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    If we can’t trade back, which can be a reality if both QB’S are gone by #5 pick then I’m sold on Scherff, Shelton or White. Anyone would be an immediate impact on this roster. I’m also sold on Cody Prewitt or Carl Davis in the second round. Archives

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