Outside of his father and current Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, no one knows S Klint Kubiak better than Mike Shanahan. Known commodities make for easy selections. Shanahan, in need of defensive back help may beat papa Kubiak to the punch.
Kubiak can play both strong and free safety, as well as excel on special teams. Having been around the pro game since birth, Kubiak understands what is expected of a professional. This may be a reach even in the seventh round, but little is known about Kubiak whose 2009 season ended prematurely after suffering a pectoral muscle injury.
He won’t wow anyone with his combine scores, but Shanahan knows the unknown, the intangibles Klint Kubiak can bring to the Redskins.
Best case scenario: Alabama K Leigh Tiffin would be a solid pick in the seventh round assuming he is not selected prior. If the Redskins do not obtain a veteran free agent kicker during the offseason (i.e. Cincinnati Bengal‘s Shayne Graham), the next best thing would be Tiffin. Tiffin made a number of clutch kicks for the Tide during their National Championship run and would make sense if the Redskins feel K Graham Gano is not the answer.
Worst case scenario: Undersized QB Max Hall from BYU will like slide in the draft as he barely stands six feet tall. Assuming the Redskins do not take a quarterback earlier in the draft to groom behind Jason Campbell and Colt Brennan, Hall would be a safe pick in the seventh round.
Most likely scenario: It is unlikely the Redskins will take Kubiak in the seventh round, but at this point it is anybody’s guess. If Shanahan is unable to obtain a running back like Ben Tate earlier in the draft, here are some names he may look out in the seventh round:
Michael Smith, Arkansas – Small at 5’7” but the third fastest running back in the draft.
Lonyae Miller, Fresno State – Had a knee injury and was a back-up. He is the type of player that slides under the radar.
Lamarcus Coker, Hampton – Second fastest RB in the draft. A local product whose stock may rise in the draft if he runs faster than his previously clocked 4.39 40 at the combines.