At pick No. 34, Gruden will make his first draft choice as a head coach, and it will be for a player expected to contribute immediately. Going for the best player available may not be a luxury that Gruden has, so he could instead look to fill a position of need.
CSN Washington goes with that hypothesis and sends Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio to protect Griffin's right side. Running with the knowledge that Dr. James Andrews has cleared Kouandjio to play, the First-Team AP All-American would offer the power and size that Gruden has previously favored in his linemen.
However, whether Kouandjio is consistent enough to make a real difference is unclear.
If drafted, he'll be expected to provide an upgrade over Tyler Polumbus, especially in pass protection. That was an area of weakness for Kouandjio last year, when he would sometimes appear slow and be forced to reach or lunge for his man.
Along with the very real concerns about his knee, Kouandjio isn't a guaranteed contributor in his rookie year. Above all else, that's what Gruden needs from his first pick.
Mark Bullock of The Washington Post, however, cites Virginia's Morgan Moses as a suitor for the 34th overall pick. Playing both right and left tackle in college, Moses thrived due to his abilities in pass protection.
Because of this, he projects to be a better fit than Kouandjio—able to adjust on the move as Robert Griffin III tries to buy time, keeping the pocket clean and driving back oncoming rushers.
However, Alfred Morris and the running game could suffer, as this is an area where Moses struggles. He should be a dominant force but can be slow off the snap and get too tall to properly anchor his feet.
If Gruden is looking to take a right tackle in the draft, a better option could be to take a project like Seantrel Henderson and allow Polumbus to resume his duties for another year. The drop-off between the top tackles and the rest is steep enough to cast doubt, which can be all it takes.
Maybe Gruden will decide that safety is a more immediate concern, where a player like Deone Bucannon could be available early in the second round. It's a fair bet that Brandon Meriweather will get suspended again, and the depth behind him and Ryan Clark is patchy, at best.
Although Phillip Thomas is available, it wouldn't hurt to have a backup plan. At the very least, Buccannon would be a massive bonus on special teams. At best, Washington finds some security at a position that has been disastrous since the tragic death of Sean Taylor.