2nd Round.) Baccari Rambo, Safety, Georgia
God willing, Madieu Williams will be A.T.C (at the crib) in 2013 instead of in a Washington Redskins uniform. The Redskins safety position still hasn’t recovered from the hole left by Sean Taylor’s untimely death. There will never be another Sean Taylor; the man had the talent and ability to be the best ever to play the position.
Baccari Rambo was suspended the first four games of the season, but came back and did nothing but make plays for the Georgia Bulldogs. The Redskins need a player who can play the single high safety role with instictiveness and range, and Rambo brings both to the safety position. He’s a solid tackler who can come up and play the run. He can also make big time plays in the secondary. Rambo may not replace Sean (no one ever will), but he can help fill the void left by his absence in a big way.
3rd Round.) Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington
I’m not sure the Washington Husky will last this long, but everyone needs a miracle every once in a while. If it’s one thing the Redskins lack, it’s a corner with size; Cedric Griffin is the only lengthy corner the team has, and he may not be back. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are both 5’10″, as is Chase Minnifield if he returns healthy. Richard Crawford is 5’11″. The 6’0″ Desmond Trufant may not seem like that big of a difference, but he’s lengthy; he’s got long arms and legs. he can come up, press and play man, and his ability to change direction means he likely won’t get spun around. His range means that bigger corners won’t simply be able to jump ball him like they can Wilson and Hall. He’d be an instant upgrade to a secondary that continues to struggle defending the big play.
4th Round.) Sanders Commings, Cornerback, Georgia
Sanders is another tall, long corner with long arm and great range. The Redskins double up on corners here to cover their bases and solidify their secondary, making it significantly younger in the process. This would allow D-Hall to play more in the slot and more in the Charles Woodson nickel safety role. The secondary gets a huge boost with it’s first three picks in the weakest area of the defense.
5th Round.) Mychal Rivera, Tight End, Tennessee
The Redskins depth at tight end got thin in a hurry, didn’t it? Fred Davis is coming back from an Achillies injury, Logan Paulsen is a restricted free agent, the Niles Paul experiment is looking to be a dud, and Chris Cooley, basically, can’t run anymore. The Redskins need to add a tight end big time, just to cover their backsides. Rivera is a good receiving tight end that could use a little work on his blocking. But he’s got good hands and runs great routes. He’d be a solid option in the pass game and an even bigger asset if we re-sign Fred Davis and he comes back healthy.
5th Round.) Brandon Williams, Nose Tackle, Missouri Southern State
When Justin for showed me footage of Williams, I immediately went “whoa”. Brandon Williams is a big nose tackle that can definitely move and cave a pocket. Barry Cofield improved a ton in his second year as a nose tackle, but his bread and butter would still probably be playing at defensive end and being used in pass rush packages. Brandon Williams is a nose tackle in the Casey Hampton or B.J Raji mode; he’s a load to move, he caves the pocket, and he’ll command double teams. This 3-4 needs an anchor in the middle; if we can mold him, he’d be a fixture and a fan favorite for Redskins fans for years to come.
6th Round.) Marquees Wilson, wide receiver, Washington State
Wilson quit the Washington State Cougars football team after alledging abuse from their coaching staff. The allegations may hurt Wilson’s draft stock, which is a shame, since he seems like an altogether great kid with a lot of talent. Wilson is not a burner, but he’s big, tall and physical. He has a little trouble separating, but he has excellent body control and excellent hands, which provide a large target for a quarterback. He puts his body in between the defender and the ball. The Redskins are still looking for a guy who can make the tough jump ball type of catches. If developed properly, Wilson can be that guy.
7th Round.) D.J Harper, running back, Boise State
We can’t leave the draft without a running back; it’d basically be sacriledge. Harper is a 6th year senior who’s college football career has been unfortunately hampered by injuries. It also didn’t help that he played behind Doug Martin most of his career. This season was his first year as the fulltime starter and he racked up 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s solid in pass protection, and while he’s a bigger back, even on a surgically repaired ACL he possesses a surprising amout of burst and speed, not to mention breaking tackles after contact.
Other Team Needs:
Linebacker, inside and outisde. Brian Orakpo and Rob Jackson are both free agents, as is Chris Wilson. The depth the Redskins built up in there linebacker core is looking thin again, even at inside linebacker, as no one knows how much longer London Fletcher will want to play. Perry Riley is the obvious candidate to fill London’s shoes, and Keenan Robinson would likely be the man next to him, but still, the Redskins need to secure their depth. Taking someone like a Michael Mauti (LB, Penn State) or Kiko Alonzo (LB, Oregon would fill that hole), while a pick like Quanterus Smith (DE, Western Kentucky) could help us fill out our outside linebacker depth.
Offensive line, particularly right tackle. Mike Shanahan’s approach to the offensive line has always been to take later round picks and develop them into viable starters. It’s hard to forget that Tom Compton is waiting in the wings to possibly take over that role, but taking someone like a Kyle Long, Oday Aboushi or Justin Pugh could not hurt. Like, at all. As long as Tyler Polumbus isn’t in that role.