Ja'Wuan James is an experienced right tackle who could make a real difference in D.C.
It's been a problem for a while now, but with Gruden and Allen betting heavily on Griffin's return to form this year, right tackle is now the top priority in the 2014 draft.
This isn't an excuse to reach based on need. A starter should be the priority with the 34th overall pick, but the need for a starting-caliber right tackle is glaringly obvious right now.
Taylor Lewan could yet fall out of the first round, and there's a real argument for picking him up. Although he's been playing left tackle since high school, he's well rounded enough to make the switch, has good lateral movement and the overall toughness to make a solid bookend to Trent Williams on the other side.
There is also no depth at left tackle behind Williams, so having a player like Lewan in the team's back pocket would be very beneficial.
Aside from Lewan, Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James could be a solid pickup—especially if he fell to the third round and competed with Tyler Polumbus for the Week 1 starting spot. In size alone, he would be an upgrade, and that size could compensate for his occasional lapses with his footwork. Starting four years at right tackle in the SEC can't hurt, either.
Ohio State's Jack Mewhort, too, would bring some quality to the right side, as well as the versatility to play guard if required. He's strong in the trenches and has enough technique to remain aware of the blitz and his responsibilities.
While there is some drop-off after the first round, picking at No. 34 gives Gruden a borderline first-round choice. It's imperative that Griffin remains upright this year, and Polumbus is unlikely to get the job done.