The 2014 NFL draft is the first selection process for the Washington Redskins in the post-Mike Shanahan era. It will serve as an evaluation of how the new regime, led by rookie head coach Jay Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen, is rebuilding a franchise that went 3-13 last season.
Although Allen was with the team throughout Shanahan's torturous tenure, this is essentially his first chance to stamp his authority on the team-building process.
He has been in bullish form in the lead-up to this draft. In fact, Allen has already set one agenda, declaring Washington won't target need with its first pick.
Instead, Allen will plump for the proverbial "best player available," per Washington Post reporter Mike Jones. The Post scribe believes offensive tackle and secondary help will be Allen's main targets.
Of course, the new architect of Washington's fortunes will have to be selective, since the team is again without a first-round pick thanks to the trade to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012.
Despite that omission, Allen and Gruden remain in a strong position. They are armed with a pick at the top of the next six rounds, and Allen believes his roster contains "no gaping holes," per ESPN.com writer John Keim.
That confidence is not totally unjustified after a foray into free agency that yielded wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts, along with premier interior pass-rusher Jason Hatcher.
However, one free-agency cycle does not remake a team and no franchise in the NFL should understand that better than Washington. Solidifying the protection in front of Griffin, as well as adding a couple of playmakers on defense, will represent a successful draft for Allen and Gruden.
As the picks come in, this slideshow will offer live analysis and grades for every member of Washington's 2014 draft haul.