With the 2009 season all but over for the Redskins, I think now is a great time to look towards the future of the team in next April's 2010 NFL Draft.
Nothing new for the Redskins entering the draft, as they already find themselves down two picks; their third-round pick (used in the supplemental draft to get DE Jeremy Jarmon), and their sixth-round pick (used in the trade for DE Jason Taylor).
So now just five picks left to use in hopes of turning this team around. Where do you go?
Is Jason Campbell's resurgence too late? Is it worth re-signing him to any kind of deal, knowing that he will most likely have to tackle another new playbook with the imminent departure of Jim Zorn? Or is it too much to pass up this deep class of talented top-tier quarterbacks?
How about the offensive line? It's not a question about when, but where? Is Chris Samuels done? What about Randy Thomas? Is Levi Jones returning? What about all those back-ups, are any of them potential starters?
Then there is the defensive line. It isn't getting any younger. With Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn likely out, do we feel comfortable with recent draftees Rob Jackson and Jeremy Jarmon (ACL tear)? Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery are both free agents, and with Albert Haynesworth proving his worthlessness, should they be re-signed?
Then there is the defensive backfield, what once looked so promising now is riddled with question marks. With LaRon Landry back at strong safety, do we need a free safety, or can free agent to be Reed Doughty or youngsters Kareem Moore or Chris Horton hold down the spot?
Then the cornerbacks: Carlos Rogers is due to be a free agent. After being benched this season and looking overrated following an impressive 2008 campaign, does he expect more money than he deserves?
DeAngelo Hall possesses the only hands in the secondary, but his health problems are cause for concern. Are youngsters Justin Tyron and Kevin Barnes potential starters, or long-term nickel backs?
These are more questions then five draft picks can answer, but I hope this mock draft will be the best potential solution.
Note: Since the season is not over, and the draft order is subject to change in the coming weeks, I am predicting that the Redskins will draft somewhere around the seventh to 11th picks.