Finding Number 51: Pre – draft interview history may paint a clearer picture of whom the ‘Skins are targeting with top pick

| April 3, 2013 | 11 Comments

Robert ALford could fill a need at Cornerback for the Redskins

 

With all the rumors circulating around draft season and the sheer amount of draft eligible players, it’s hard to put much stock into every prospect interview conducted by an NFL team. However, it is worth noting that all three of the top draft picks in the Shanahan era have found their names linked to the Redskins in the pre-draft interview process. If the trend continues this year, we may already have a good idea of whom the team will be eying with the 51st pick in the second round. Let’s take a look.

 

Using the list of prospects interviewed by the ‘Skins and extracting only the players mocked to go in the second-to-third round range yields the following nine names:

Andre Ellington – RB – Clemson (SR)

Oday Aboushi – OL – Virginia (SR)

Justin Pugh – OL – Syracuse (rJR)

Robert Alford – CB – Southeast Louisiana (SR)

Jordan Poyer – CB – Oregon St.  (SR)

Tyrann Mathieu – CB – LSU (JR)

Jonathan Cyprien – S – Florida International (SR)

Tony Jefferson – S – Oklahoma (JR)

Phillip Thomas – S – Fresno St. (SR)

 

First and foremost, we can assume the Redskins won’t be spending a top pick on a running back with Alfred Morris already on the roster, safely removing Andre Ellington out of the realm of possibilities. Shanahan hasn’t spent a second round pick on a tailback since Tatum Bell in 2004, and if the team is looking for a change of pace back this April, they can be found in the later rounds.

We can further narrow down this list by removing players Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu due to them being junior classmen, and the unlikelihood of Shanahan drafting the baggage that comes with a player like Mathieu, especially with a second round pick. The Redskins have selected zero true juniors since the hiring of Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen in 2010.

After trimming the proverbial fat, six prospects are left standing: Two offensive lineman (Aboushi and Pugh, respectively) and four defensive backs (Alford, Cyprien, Poyer, and Thomas.)

 

Now, it has been well documented what types of players the Redskins have drafted in the Shanahan era, and below I have ranked the remaining players highlighting the traits they possess that the Redskins look for. What player on the list would you like to see the redskins draft at #51 and why? Share in the comments section.

 

 

1.) Jonathan Cyprien – S – Florida International

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A.) Senior

B.) Team Captain

C.) Senior Bowl Invitee
D.) Multiple Awards and Accolades

- 2012 First-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors

- 2011 Second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors

- 2010 Second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors

 

2.) Robert Alford – CB – Southeast Louisiana

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A.) Senior

B.) Senior Bowl Invitee

C.) Multiple Awards and Accolades

-2012 First-team All –Southland conference honors

-2011 Second-team All-Southland conference honors

 

3.) Phillip Thomas – S – Fresno St.

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A.) Senior

B.) Team Captain

C.) Senior Bowl Invitee

D.) Multiple Awards and Accolades

-2012 Consensus All-American

-2012 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team honors

-2012 First-Team Mountain West conference honors

-2012 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year

-2012 First-Team Walter-Camp All-America

 

4.) Jordan Poyer – CB – Orgeon St.

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A.) Senior

B.) Team Captain

C.) Senior Bowl Invitee

D.) Multiple Awards and Accolades

-2012 Consensus All-American

-2012 First-Team All-PAC-12 Conference honors

-2012 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team honors

-2012 First-Team Walter-Camp All-America

-2011 Second-Team All-PAC-12 Conference honors

 

5.) Oday Aboushi – OT – Virginia

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A.) Senior

B.) Team Captain

C.) Senior Bowl Invitee

D.) Multiple Awards and Accolades

-2012 First-team ALL-Atlantic coastal conference honors

-2011 Second-team All-Atlantic coastal conference honors

 

6.) Justin Pugh – OG/OT – Syracuse

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A.) Senior Bowl Invitee

B.) Multiple Awards and Accolades

-2012 First-team ALL-Big East conference honors

-2011 First-team ALL-Big East conference honors

*Redshirt Junior

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8 comments
44ever
44ever like.author.displayName 1 Like

It may be unpopular but I would love to see Pugh in Burgundy and Gold. He is very smooth and would lock RT for the next decade. I know the D needs to be a priority but Pugh will be hard to pass up.

Austin
Austin

I also do not see Cyprien making it to the 51st pick. He had exceptional Combine and Pro Day performances, and his name is being picked up by the media. If the latter hadn't happened, and he had flown more under the radar, we might have had a better shot. That said, I would take Thomas or Poyer. I can't pretend I watched him play, but I haven't seen or heard anything about Alford that overly impressed me, and I do not believe O-line needs to be a priority until the later rounds given our activity in free agency.

Kevin Grant
Kevin Grant moderator

@Austin  I like Cyprien a lot but think he is long gone by # 51.  Draft is deep at the safety position and the Redskins will have a chance to grab guys they like a lot. Duke Williams is a guy to watch out for, has the talent to be one of the best safeties from this draft class in a few years.

Tim Hilton
Tim Hilton like.author.displayName 1 Like

Sweet! With d hall resigning i hope we.pick up another linemen. Good write up

Adam
Adam

Ohhh ok. My bad. Lol

Kevin Grant
Kevin Grant moderator

@Adam You're always ready to attack someone bro lol

Adam
Adam

I don't think Cyprien lasts to us, well I actually think all the players and where you have us drafting them is about a round too late. I'd love for this to work our but I doubt it will. 1. Cyprien is a top 40 pick to me 2. Alford will probably be picked around where we pick in round 2 3. Phillip Thomas will probably go late 2nd or early 3rd, we would have to take him in round 2 IMO 4. I see Poyer going round 3 and we will could very well take him there. same for the last two you have us taking Aboyshi and Pugh. On top of all that, we have two 5th round draft picks. :)

Harry Hilton
Harry Hilton

I'm afraid you're confused. I think you're under the impression that it is a mock draft. It's just a ranking of the prospects that the Redskins may use their top draft pick on.

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