With free agency all but over, we've had a chance to revise the draft board we set for the Washington Redskins ahead of the 2014 NFL combine. With the draft exactly five weeks away, here's who we think Bruce Allen and Co. should be favoring with that No. 34 overall pick.
|1. C.J. Mosley||LB||Alabama|
|2. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||FS||Alabama|
|3. Calvin Pryor||FS||Louisville|
|4. Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State|
|5. Kyle Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|
|6. Ryan Shazier||LB||Ohio State|
|7. Jimmie Ward||SS||North Illinois|
|8. David Yankey||G||Stanford|
|9. Jason Verrett||CB||TCU|
|10. Bradley Roby||CB||Ohio State|
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— Our last board was loaded with wide receivers. But with DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts joining the fray on long-term deals, forget it. The ‘Skins have also spent lots of time and money on the offensive line, so the priority now has to be the secondary and the linebacking corps.
— Mosley is an ideal candidate to relieve London Fletcher in the middle of that defense. He’s considered to be NFL-ready and wouldn’t be a reach in that spot. There’s a very good chance he’s chosen in Round 1, but if that doesn’t happen, I don’t think he’d get past Washington in the No. 34 spot.
— Clinton-Dix and Pryor would also start right away in this defense. And really, I think safety is their biggest weak spot. Ryan Clark is old and Brandon Meriweather isn’t reliable, and it doesn’t appear as though either of the guys they drafted last year are ready to deliver in a big way in 2014. They have some depth and some talent at corner, especially after signing Tracy Porter, but safety is a wasteland.
— Dennard will likely be gone, too, but if those three top choices have been picked, he's the best player at a priority position. He's a strong cover corner who could be ready to start from the get-go alongside DeAngelo Hall. Fuller is also a big, experienced corner who should be ready to contribute right away.
— Shazier can do it all. If he’s there, the ‘Skins would be very fortunate. He’s got better pass-rushing skills than anyone they currently have inside.
— Ward and Yankey aren’t sexy picks, but they’re solid players at need positions. Yankey has the size and power to start right away.
— Verrett and Roby are worst-case scenario corners, probably only on their radar if they trade down.