In the interest of fairness, we're wrapping up the workweek on the B/R NFC East blog by giving Washington Redskins fans a taste of where some of the so-called experts think the 'Skins are going to go with their first pick of the 2013 NFL draft, which won't happen until we're in the bottom half of the second round.
The problem is that with 50 players flying off the board before the Redskins are on the clock, it's much more difficult to get a feel for who'll be available when that time comes.
The other problem is that only a small percentage of the mock drafts out there take on Round 2.
So here's a slightly less intense breakdown of who some real smart football people think might wind up becoming members of the Redskins organization on Friday, April 26...
Blidi Wreh-Wilson (CB, UConn)
Interesting that two of the highest-profile mock drafts in the country have the same guy going to Washington with the 51st pick. I suppose I'd better add Wreh-Wilson to my next draft board, because he was missing on the latest.
Wright's mock was published before the 'Skins re-signed DeAngelo Hall, so there's no telling if he now thinks safety has become more of a priority, but Kiper published his after Hall came back.
"If he's around this late," wrote Kiper, "the Redskins can add help at a major area of need."
OK, so the analysis in Round 2 isn't what it is for Round 1 projections, but at least they're throwing you a bone.
BWW's stock isn't soaring because his tangible skills and consistency have come under fire. However, he's proven to be one hell of a playmaker. I'm still not sure, though, that he's a good enough pure cover corner to merit a second-round selection for the 'Skins.
Jordan Poyer (CB, Oregon State)
It feels like Poyer's been linked to the Redskins since before the season was even over. He's the epitome of a second-round cornerback, but Schottey believes the 'Skins would be getting great value for him in the 51 spot.
"Without a first-round pick, the Redskins need to make a splash," he wrote. "Poyer provides great value here as a fringe first-round prospect in a deep cornerback class. He'll get heavy reps almost immediately."
I really like what I've seen on tape from Poyer, and there's a chance that his so-so performances at the combine and his pro day could cause him to drop right into the Redskins' lap. Since I believe those events are overblown, that's a good thing.
D.J. Swearinger (S, South Carolina)
This is why projecting second-round selections can be complicated. Miller has the 'Skins passing up on Darius Slay to draft Swearinger in Round 2, while Schoup—in a Redskins-only mock—gives them Swearinger in the third round (he also has a different guy in the second round, but that was published several days before he went with Poyer at FanSpeak.com).
Once considered a mid-round pick, Swearinger's stock has been rising, but it's still tough to tell where he might fly off the board. Regardless, the hard-hitting safety has been linked to the Redskins more than any other team, so both possibilities make sense.
He's a versatile safety with quality cover skills, a high ceiling and the ability to play a large role right away. Plus, I think safety is a bigger need than corner.
I couldn't find another set of two or more cases in which the same player was mocked to the 'Skins, but other popular names are Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay, who was a combine star and is penciled in for Washington by the guys at Walter Football, as well as LSU safety Eric Reid, whose stock has fluctuated dramatically and has been handed to the 'Skins by the guys at NFL Draft Geek.
Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas, Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien and Houston corner D.J. Hayden have also been popular candidates.
Of course, all of these guys have one thing in common, and that's their position. This draft is gonna be all about defensive backs in D.C.
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