Here are the players the experts are sending to Washington via the 34th overall pick.
Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
According to ESPN.com Redskins beat writer John Keim, senior draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both believe middle linebacker Chris Borland is headed to Washington.
Keim quotes McShay explaining, via a conference call, why Borland makes sense for last season's NFC East doormat:
He wouldn't be a bad choice at all. I picture him more as a middle linebacker being protected. He can do a lot of the same things inside in a 3-4 scheme. After [C.J.] Mosley and Borland, there's a real drop-off at that inside linebacker position. You get down to the fourth round probably before you'd feel good about an inside linebacker.
While picking Borland makes some sense, given Fletcher's retirement, this still feels like something of a reach. It's not so much a lack of size, or at least it shouldn't be after years watching mini-marvel Fletcher thrive.
But the 6'0", 248-pound Borland has the look of a player who will make a lot of plays in the wrong areas at the pro level. He will certainly register a lot of tackles, but where will those tackles be made? After positive gains is a safe guess.
What does make Borland appealing is his tremendous versatility. As The Washington Post's Mike Jones has noted, Borland has operated "at multiple positions in different schemes (outside linebacker in the 4-3, middle linebacker in the 4-3 and inside linebacker in the 3-4)."
That flexibility would be invaluable in a 3-4, a scheme based on moving parts, where the linebacker is king.
However, Borland would have to work through a lot of competition after the arrivals of Sharpton, Hayward and Jordan. After signing three players at his position, Allen will have to be particularly enamored with Borland to use the team's primary pick to land him.
Bucky Brooks: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
NFL.com Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes the Redskins will value protecting franchise asset Griffin above all else. But Brooks shuns commonly mooted targets like Moses and Fleming in favor of Nevada's Joel Bitonio.
Brooks makes a good choice selecting a player who would fit at either tackle or guard on a revamped offensive front. NFL.com draft pundit Nolan Nawrocki cites Bitonio's versatility and aggression as key traits to his game:
Plays with vinegar and seeks to bury defenders -- nasty finisher who runs his feet on contact and consistently blocks defenders off the screen. Extremely tough and durable. Highly versatile -- can play any position on the line.
Considering Washington's O-line was overwhelmed inside as much as it suffered on the edges, a flexible fighter like Bitonio would be a smart pick.
Dane Brugler: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler thinks Allen would be wise to continue stockpiling playmakers along the front seven. He chooses diverse D-lineman Ra'Shede Hageman as the ideal choice at 34.
Brugler cites Hageman's ability to play end or nose tackle on Washington's three-man defensive front. This is an intriguing option to consider.
On the surface, the rotation is well-stocked up front. However, some of the supposed quality may be illusory.
For instance, 2011 second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins has never really delivered on his early promise. His ability to create a strong push in the trenches has been inconsistent.
Jenkins looks as though he is yet to fully recover from the torn ACL that wrecked his rookie year. He also incurred a four-game suspension at the start of last season for using a banned substance.
Aside from doubts surrounding Jenkins, there are also concerns about veteran Stephen Bowen. The 30-year-old underwent microfracture surgery on his knee last season. At his age, it's difficult to gauge Bowen's likely effectiveness after such a procedure.
Hageman would give Haslett's D-line a disruptive move player up front who could be shifted into different positions and techniques to create blocking mismatches.
Even with more obvious needs to address, Hageman is likely to test Allen's resolve.
Matt Miller: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Bleacher Report draft writer Matt Miller sends Bradley Roby to Washington in a move that would shore up a perpetually shaky defensive backfield.
Miller isn't the only one enamoured with the idea of Roby bringing his opportunistic talents to D.C. The Washington Post's Rick Snider cites Roby's ability to play the slot, make an impact on special teams and eventually emerge as a leader in the secondary:
Roby has good hands to bat down passes and can block punts, too. He could contribute right away as a nickel slot corner and a special teamer — which Washington also needs.
And Roby could develop into a long-term solution at defensive back. The Redskins hope second-year corner David Amerson emerges on one side, but 10-year veteran DeAngelo Hall, who is coming off a fine 2013 season, may only have a couple seasons left. When Hall is done, Roby could step up to give Washington a solid young secondary.
Roby would offer top-end speed, having clocked 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. That level of quickness is something the pass defense lacked in 2013, particularly on the outside.
Yet while few fans would be miffed if Washington went corner with its first pick for a second year running, there are reasons to believe Allen will wait.
For one thing, Hall is still a solid starter. So is Tracy Porter, signed from the Oakland Raiders. Yes, Roby could play nickel corner, but it's easy to think that role will go to 2013's second-rounder, David Amerson.
This is a rebuilding team that should target a guaranteed starter with a pick resting on the cusp of the opening round.