It’s no secret that the 2012 draft is pivotal for the Washington Redskins. If the importance was lost on anyone, the organizational leadership raised the ante when trading with the St. Louis Rams for the second overall pick.
The ‘Skins haven’t had the number two overall pick since the 2000 draft when the team selected LaVar Arrington. In fact, Chris Samuels from the same draft, as well as Trent Williams, are the only other top three picks the burgundy and gold have had since the last top QB prospect they selected in the top three: Heath Shuler in the 1994 draft.
What is so unique about this April is that Washington has moved up into a no-lose situation at the second pick. Either Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck could easily go first overall and that is not to slight either quarterback.
This month will mark a new chapter in Washington Redskins’ history. It will define Mike Shanahan’s career as a head coach in DC and will determine the course of the franchise over the next three to five seasons.
In compiling this list, I tried to balance the team’s immediate needs with the best talent available at the pick.