Resetting the Washington Redskins' Draft Board

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMarch 25, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Matt Elam #22 of the Florida Gators in action during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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I had planned on spending the afternoon reviewing free agency for all four NFC East teams. But then the Dallas Cowboys brought in three free agents for visits, the New York Giants made another move and word got out that the Washington Redskins were hosting Antoine Winfield before I realized that it was too early to start drawing conclusions about the free-agent signing period. 

So instead, we're going to jump ahead and reset the Redskins' draft board based on what has transpired since the board was first established after last month's NFL Scouting Combine.

Now, not a ton has changed since the first board was posted, mainly because the 'Skins have been fairly quiet in free agency. I do feel letting both DeAngelo Hall and Cedric Griffin go enhanced the need for a cornerback, and I get the feeling they're going to stay away from offensive tackles earlier with Tony Pashos, Tyler Polumbus and Jeremy Trueblood all on board.

The first round of the draft takes place in exactly one month, but the 'Skins won't make their first selection until the following night (barring a major move). And while I'd highly doubt they'll move back into Round 1, there's a chance they jump around where movement is less restricted in Round 2.

That's why this whole thing is very fluid. Plus, you have to consider that Washington, more than anybody, is at the mercy of everyone else in the league. Those first-round teams will set the tone, and things often end up going much differently than expected in the first round. So while my gut tells me only Elam, Davis, Cyprien and Reid will be off the board when the 'Skins are on the clock, there's a chance all four are still hanging around, and there's also a chance every player listed above is gone. 

What I'm saying is, we're throwing darts. Expect this board to continue to evolve between now and April 25, and check back often for those changes.