Who Is Being Predicted to Washington Redskins with Their First NFL Draft Pick?

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Who Is Being Predicted to Washington Redskins with Their First NFL Draft Pick?
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The Washington Redskins have come to rely up on the draft over free agency since Mike Shanahan's arrival, and this strategy has grown more important in the wake of the cap penalty.

Shanahan has made the gambles where necessary—Robert Griffin III—but has also showed a fondness for trading down and picking up starters in the late rounds. Last year's draft was his best since arriving in Washington, and most rookies found a way to contribute en route to the NFC East crown.

So what about this year?

The Redskins are lacking a first-rounder due to the Griffin trade, so could Shanahan trade back again and opt for value and quantity?

If he were to do so, no one could argue that it's a safe move. Making more from less is something the head coach has done a few times in his career, and this year would be an ideal time to overachieve.

However, the team needs to find starters with its first two picks, and it's a good class from which to do so. Washington needs defensive backs, and there are a lot of good ones available this year.

Trading away its picks would not be wise. Taking the best possible player available at No. 51 would be.

So who are the draft experts predicting Shanahan will take? At the time of writing, most of the sites are just covering the first round, but there are a few who have gone further and mocked the remaining rounds.

Read on to find out who is projected to be in Washington for the 2013 season.

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