Redskins Fantasy Draft: Fantasy or Reality?

John MckinnonCorrespondent IApril 16, 2008

We’re already a week-and-a-half from Draft Day 2008 and I’ve noticed something. There seems to be an eerie stillness in the air that suggests something extraordinary may happen.

This serene vibe wouldn’t seem too odd under normal circumstances but this one’s a little different. This peaceful tranquility has traveled through Redskins Park and as a result, it remains quiet just under two weeks before draft day.

What could bring about this unusual practice?

Is the Redskins’ front office tired of being burned by making so many compulsive decisions? Or have they learned the habit of trading their draft picks for players that may never play a down, is utterly ridiculous?

Maybe this is all a dream and we’ll all wake up and realize nothing’s changed. The alternative reality would be too extreme to even fathom.

Imagine the Redskins addressing their defensive end, cornerback, and wide receiver situation in the first three rounds.

They could use the remaining picks to balance their roster with quality depth. The talent pool seems to be relatively deep at the three aforementioned positions.

This could be the year the Washington Redskins could turn everything around. Or this could be another year of poor personnel decisions that leads to a talented, underachieving team.

The Skins may be able to pick up defensive ends Calais Campbell, Phillip Merling, or Quentin Groves.

At receiver, the names James Hardy and Malcolm Kelly have been floating around in conversations regarding Redskins’ first round possibilities. Zach Bowman, Antwaun Molden, or Simeon Castille are possible pickups at the cornerback spot.

Any combination of these young players could have a major impact on the Redskins this year and beyond.

Are we talking about the next Dexter Manley, Art Monk, and Darrell Green? Maybe or maybe not.

What the Washington Redskins do on draft day will go a long way in determining their near future and beyond.

The fact the Redskins have so many draft picks going into the draft seems so surreal. After April 27, we’ll know whether or not this dream correlates with reality.

Hail To The Redskins!