Coming into the 2009 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins draft needs have been made abundantly clear, needing an offensive lineman, defensive end, and linebacker.
Yet another thing is for sure—Nothing is clear when it comes to Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, but here is my proposition to them from the 13th pick to the 243rd.
With the 13th overall pick, the Washington Redskins should take:
What a tough pick this is with only one chance to get a great quality starter until they pick midway in the third round.
Firstly, I believe the Redskins should trade down and get a late first and second round pick. Get one starter on the defensive side then focus on building solid depth. Then next year get your big starter on the offensive line.
But let's assume they stay with the 13th pick. Where should they go?
As of right now I don't believe an offensive lineman would be a smart choice. We could draft a tackle, but I'm not a fan of the idea of holding him until next season when really he could be NFL ready like the eight lineman from the first round a year ago.
I don't see Samuels being a backup. He has one more solid year at least.
Then on the right side either Jansen or Heyer could still get the job done one more season, so really there is no need to jumble up that position with this draft.
Defensive end or outside linebacker? It is hard to say which one has more need.
With the absence of Demetric Evans and Jason Taylor, the end position is old and uncapable of getting to the quarterback. The addition of Albert Haynesworth should help that problem, but their is still great need for a young pass rusher.
At the linebacker position Rocky McIntosh showed no ill-effects from reconstructive knee surgery a season ago, but on the opposite side there is no more Marcus Washington. At least for now.
Whether they get him back or not, I don't believe a first round selection needs to go to a linebacker because the draft is deeper in that position than the end position. So with that:
The Washington Redskins select: DE Tyson Jackson out of LSU.
Jackson is physical, has a good initial burst and always has good hustle. He could improve his chase speed and movement once in the backfield, but teamed up with Haynesworth he should cause a stir in the backfield on a regular basis.
With the 80th overall pick, the Washington Redskins should take:
With a mid third round pick it's too late to address the offensive line. No need to get another Chad Rinehart or Stephon Heyer, meaning just another backup.
This is where you have to get your outside linebacker so you can move H.B. Blades back to the inside backup and emergency outside. There's two guys who are looking good at this position in either Tyrone McKenzie or Cody Brown.
McKenzie from USF has a good build at 6'2" 243 lbs. He could use a little more speed for the position, but has good defensive positioning in coverage and can win one on one's to get into the backfield.
Brown on the other hand has been a defensive end in his college career at UCONN. He has good size and is a complete brute.
His negatives is obviously lack of experience at the position and likely won't have the speed needed for good coverage. His potential at the position is undeniable though, but as of now he would be a better fit in the 3-4. So with that:
The Washington Redskins select: OLB Tyrone McKenzie out of USF.
Like I said McKenzie has experience at the position so he should be able to contribute early and has enough athletic ability to start if need be. Again he needs to work on his speed and become a bit more physical so he could really move blockers out of the way.
With the 150th overall pick, the Washington Redskins should take:
Slim pickings back here for a quality guy, but there is definitely potential out here.
If all goes as planned so far, the defense is well addressed with the additions of Jackson and McKenzie. Now we'll turn it to the other side of the ball.
With the addition of Derrick Dockery and Chad Rinehart in waiting, the tackle and guard position have enough to move on, but what about the center position?
Casey Rabach is going to be 32 this season and all though he has been consistent, his level of play looks to be decreasing. That said:
The Washington Redskins select: C A.Q. Shipley out of PSU.
At 6'1" 304 lbs he is definitely the smallest center of the litter, but what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for it in determination.
The 2008 Riminington Award winner was the unquestioned team leader last season so this guy can develop into a team leader.
Football wise he could use improvement in lateral movement, but he has great push forward and holds the line well. Down the line he could develop into a solid starter if need be.
With the 186th overall pick, the Washington Redskins should take:
The Redskins team has missed what a lot of teams have developed over the past few seasons, that is a one-two punch at the running back position.
Ladell Betts looked great in 2006, but since injuries and inconsistency have plagued him.
Clinton Portis continues to take a banging and with two similar running backs a defense doesn't have to change regardless of who's on the field.
So with this pick, this is where you find the most underrated game-changing running back in the draft, and he is:
The Washington Redskins select: RB Devin Moore out of WYU.
Who has the fastest listed 40 time out of running backs entering the draft?
That's right former Wyoming Cowboy Devin Moore with a 4.36 in his pro day. At 187 lbs he is one of the smallest running backs so in no way can be a 20+ carry back, but he would only need about 10-15 touches to make an impact in a game.
He has speed but he needs to work on his cuts to really break down defenders and break off the long runs. He also needs to work on his route running, but he does have great hands so he could be a legit all-around threat including special teams.
With the 243rd overall pick, the Washington Redskins should take:
Who could be this years Chris Horton?
It would have to be from a position with little depth and even if the Redskins were to take a linebacker earlier in the draft, they could use another one. Drum-roll please:
The Washington Redskins select ILB Worrell Williams out of CAL.
Younger brother to Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, Worrell lives and breathes football.
He could play like an H.B. Blades with inside and weak-side capabilities.
The only thing he really needs to work on is reading the offense and not getting caught out of position, which he does too often causing him to be inconsistent.
If he can grow into a steal, he can help out this defense a lot.
Alright, that will do it. Adding these pieces to the puzzle in my mind could make us a contender in the coming years.
Tell me what you all think. Chances are a good argument could change my mind about some picks.
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