There is some change in the latest mock predictions, reflecting the events of Day 1. Specifically, the availability of so many quality defensive linemen changes the order of selection priorities.
Round 2, 34th Pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
The more thought you give it, the easier it is to like Brugler's idea of sending Hageman to D.C. His flexibility should let Haslett move Hageman across the front to target blocking mismatches against both the run and the pass.
Hageman also possesses that malevolent streak this defense has missed. His raw, nasty energy and intimidating physical power will make him an immediate force in base and nickel looks.
Round 3, 66th Pick: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
DraftInsider.net reporter Tony Pauline has declared Washington's considerable interest in this skilled blocker from Palo Alto. Cameron Fleming represents superb value at the start of Round 3.
He will make a strong push to remove Tyler Polumbus from starting duties at right tackle while also offering depth for left tackle Williams.
Round 4, 102nd Pick: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
Gruden and Allen won't be able to supply themselves with enough reasons to pass on Keith McGill. Yes, he's old for a rookie, and yes, he's had a few people's share of injury woes.
But the 25-year-old also has the length, frame, tenacity and opportunistic daring to be invaluable in multiple defensive back packages. That has to be an important consideration in a division loaded with quality passing attacks.
Round 5, 142nd Pick: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
At this point, the front office could justify rolling the dice on a second supremely talented yet ultra-brittle defender in as many rounds. Shayne Skov is a natural fit for playing inside in a 3-4.
He is tough against the run, sly in coverage and useful on the blitz. In other words, Skov displays the full range of skills coaches covet in linebacker-led defensive schemes like the one used in Washington.
The tricky part, of course, is keeping Skov on the field. He broke down several times while playing for the Cardinal.
As a result, ESPN draft insider Todd McShay told Redskins writer John Keim Skov will still be available in either the fifth or sixth round. Even with new recruits on board, it couldn't hurt to add a young and skilled middle 'backer who could prove a steal if he can stay upright.
Round 6, 178th Pick: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
Gruden would have fun moving Grice around the field and aligning him in places certain to cause defenses pre-snap problems. Grice has the quickness as a runner and talent as a pass-catcher Gruden needs to use in tandem with the tough running of lead back Alfred Morris.
Round 7, 217th Pick: Jon Halapio, G, Florida
Jon Halapio is another otherwise talented prospect blighted by injuries. But when fully fit, he is a smart and scrappy guard who engages with strength and skill along the interior.
Halapio also has sudden mobility to be a useful blocker at the linebacker level of a defense. That last quality is vital in Washington's zone-style blocking system that requires linemen to be a factor on the move.
Day 1 didn't change much for Washington. The team's needs remain the same, but there is less ammunition available to fix problems in the secondary.
By contrast, the fully stocked field of D-linemen could force Allen to prove his talk about targeting the best player available, per The Washington Post's Mike Jones, wasn't just a bluff.