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Washington Redskins Draft Preview

Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:09 pm


   2010 record: 6-10, fourth place NFC East 

2011 draft rundown

   Eight total picks (round): 10 (1), 41 (2), 144 (5), 155 (5), 177 (6), 213 (7), 224 (7), 253 (7)

Top needs:

      Quarterback: Donovan McNabb had the worst season of his 11 as a starter during his Washington debut and won't be back. Journeyman Rex Grossman, who finished 2010 as the starter, would be a caretaker until a draft pick is ready to play, but he's unsigned. That leaves John Beck, who hasn't thrown a pass since 2007, as the likely No. 1 as of now. Ouch.

   Nose tackle: Coordinator Jim Haslett says the nose is the key to his 3-4 defense. Albert Haynesworth refused to play the position. Ma'ake Kemoeatu was a bust coming off an Achilles injury and, like Haynesworth, will almost certainly not be back. Late-season starter Anthony Bryant might get a shot, but Washington needs a force here.

   Pass rusher: The now-departed Andre Carter's failed transition from defensive end to linebacker left Brian Orakpo constantly double-teamed last year. Orakpo was the only Redskin with more than 2.5 sacks. Washington needs someone else to generate pressure.

   Cornerback: With five-year starter Carlos Rogers and nickel back Phillip Buchanon both free agents, the Redskins will be in deep trouble at cornerback beyond Pro Bowl MVP DeAngelo Hall if they don't return. Youngsters Kevin Barnes and Byron Westbrook haven't played much so the Redskins need to protect themselves against the possible departures of Rogers and Buchanon by drafting a corner.

   Wide Receiver: Anthony Armstrong appears to be a find, but Santana Moss is a free agent and a legitimate tall downfield threat should be on Shanny's List if he wants his new quarterback (whoever that may be) to succeed.

   Running Back: Clinton Portis is gone and Ryan Torain, who has trouble staying healthy, is more intriguing than exceptional. Getting a tough one-cut back is required to continue Shanahan's long history of successful mid-to-late round finds at the position.

 First round focus
    10th overall

   --One never knows what team owner Daniel Snyder and GM/Head Coach Mike Shanahan will do. They have a lot of holes to fill in their roster, but may covet one of the draft's top two quarterbacks so much they'll be willing to move up instead of accumulating the picks they've given up chasing players in the past. If they can't grab reported target QB Blaine Gabbert early, they may select/trade down to pick Washington's enigmatic Jake Locker or select from one of the quality players meeting another need available to them at 10.

Five names on Redskins' board
  --WR Julio Jones, Alabama
  --OLB Robert Quinn, North Carolina
  --QB Jake Locker, Washington
  --QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
  --CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

 --Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
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