Washington Redskins: Second Round Targets in the 2013 NFL Draft
The Redskins don't have a first-round pick in 2013 thanks to a trade for some guy named Robert Griffin III.
So while all other team-specific analysts are looking at who their team will take in the first round, I thought it would be good to take a look at who might be available for the Redskins in the second round.
The way it stands, the Redskins will be picking in the middle of the round. That leaves them in the 46-52 range overall. There should still be some starting talent on the board, and here's a look at who should be ripe for the picking when Washington goes on the clock.
Brennan Williams OT-North Carolina
The Redskins are in desperation for a tackle to compliment Trent Williams, and Williams would be a fine addition. He's an astonishing 6'7", 310 pounds. That sounds like someone that can cover a lot of real estate.
He's also appeared in just about every game for the Tar Heels in the last three seasons, so that would be a huge (literally, huge) acquisition if the Redskins are able to pick him up.
Plus, he's already a right tackle, so there would be no transitional period that most blue-chip tackles have when they move from left to right.
Other players at this position: D.J. Fluker-Alabama, Dallas Thomas-Tennessee
T.J. McDonald S-USC
The safety positions for the Redskins have been, well, not good. Any player with a pulse really would be an upgrade. Injuries to the starters have left the secondary decimated.
McDonald likely wouldn't be available if the Redskins finish with a good record, but if the Redskins front office falls in love with him, it's not unlikely that they would trade up for any safety help.
Other players at this position: Matt Elam-Florida, Robert Lester-Alabama
Tyler Eifert TE-Notre Dame
With the current tight end corps the way it is, Eifert would help in a huge way. Fred Davis is now out with a major injury, and the current tight ends, Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen, may not be ready to step up.
Chris Cooley is back for now, but we'll see if he makes it to next season. The addition of Tyler Eifert would give the Redskins a huge target that can go up and get a pass, and he has enough speed to get open when Robert Griffin decides to extend the play.
He is the top tight end in the draft by a long shot, though. The Redskins would have to hope that the teams in front of them aren't looking at the tight end position.
Other players at this position: None
Cordarrelle Patterson WR-Tennessee
He's not the best in the draft, but in the second round, it would be a good addition. It would be great for him to learn from Santana Moss since his career is winding down, and it would give him a chance to watch while trying to add some size since he is only 205 pounds at 6'3".
Pierre Garcon should bounce back and be a great number one receiver in 2013 while Leonard Hankerson will look to step up to the second spot. In a couple of seasons, Patterson would be good as a slot receiver.
I do worry about his production lately, however, since he has only had seven catches over his last five games, but that should also make him a value pick with his stock starting to slide.
Other players at this position: Tavon Austin-West Virginia, DeAndre Hopkins-Clemson
Chase Thomas DE/OLB-Stanford
The way that Thomas's stock is rising, it's unlikely that he will be available when the Redskins pick comes up unless Washington really starts tanking from this point out (or if Robert Griffin III gets injured).
With Brian Orakpo coming off of two major injuries in 2013 and Ryan Kerrigan having his up and down moments, it's important to have a contingent plan to help with the pass rush that has struggled mightily without Orakpo.
Other players at this position: Dion Jordan-Oregon, Alex Okafor-Texas
David Amerson CB-North Carolina State
DeAngelo Hall has struggled, Josh Wilson has struggled, just about every cornerback has struggled.
What position should the Redskins target first?
It makes sense for the Redskins to draft a cornerback at this point, and Amerson should be the best available when the time comes around. He has four interceptions this year and would be a great addition in terms of size.
He stands at 6'3" compared to Hall's 5'10" and Wilson's 5'9". He could match up with the bigger receivers that are taking the league by storm over the last few years.
Other players at this position: Nickell Robey-USC, Jordan Poyer-Oregon State, Desmond Trufant-Washington
Korey Beckett is a Featured Columnist for the Washington Redskins on Bleacher Report and a Contributor for fantasy football. He can be contacted at email@example.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/koreybeckettBR
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