Washington Redskins: Five Possible First/Second Round Draft Scenarios
The Redskins have been quiet this offseason, but it all may change come draft day. Going 4-12, the Redskins have many needs, and they will definitely be addressed during the draft.
Do the Redskins go quarterback then left tackle? Vice versa?
A lot of different scenarios are possible and we may never be sure where coach Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen decide to go this year.
Here are my five top scenarios.
Wishful Thinking: Sam Bradford and Bruce Campbell
I know I'm with the minority on this, but I do believe Sam Bradford could be the future of the Redskins franchise.
Everyone knows he's accurate, a great leader, and after weighing in at 236 lbs. at the NFL Combine, he can be a solid starting quarterback.
But of course there are his injury concerns. With his added weight, I believe Bradford will be better equipped to take an NFL beating.
Now all this depends on whom the Rams choose as they hold the first overall pick. Its common knowledge that the Rams need a franchise QB and also believe Bradford can be him.
So, it's very likely the Rams will take Bradford. This is where the wishful thinking title comes with this pick.
Bruce Campbell will likely not fall into the second round. But with this offensive tackle class being so deep, it's still a possibility. His size and athleticism would make him a solid replacement for Pro Bowler Chris Samuels.
In the second round, he would be a steal. But with the high possibility that Bruce Campbell will be picked up in the first round, the Redskins may still be able to draft a solid starting left tackle in Rodger Saffold.
Majority Pick: Russell Okung and Dan LeFevour
The majority of Redskins fans and early mock drafters find this to be the "safe" pick.
Russell Okung is by far the best offensive tackle in this draft. He'll solidify whichever offensive line he becomes a part of in the 2010 season.
I agree that this would be the smart pick in this draft. But with the Lions in need of a left tackle for their franchise QB Matthew Stafford, this may be another "wishful thinking" pick.
Bradford and Clausen will likely be the only two QBs drafted in the first round. There will still be a good amount of QBs left for the Redskins to choose from in the second round. These include: Tim Tebow, Dan LeFevour, Colt McCoy, and Tony Pike.
Of these I think Dan LeFevour has the most potential. With Mike Shanahan at the helm, LeFevour would a project QB. Playing behind Jason Campbell and Rex Grossman, LeFevour will have plenty of veteran talent to learn from. Other possibilities here would be: Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, and Tony Pike in that order.
Hey, Anything's Possible: Ndamukong Suh and Colt McCoy
Here's the scenario:
1. The Rams front office drafts Sam Bradford with the first overall pick to save their jobs.
2. The Lions draft Russell Okung to protect their franchise quarterback.
3. The Buccaneers, with a choice between Suh and McCoy, decide McCoy better fits their system.
4. The Redskins are left with by far the best defensive tackle available since their own Albert Haynesworth. Now with Haynesworth and Suh, the Redskins have one scary defensive line.
Another possibility would be that the Bucs take Suh, and the Redskins have a choice between Gerald McCoy and safety Eric Berry. The conclusion here is that the Redskins will still be solidifying their defense.
What can justify Colt McCoy getting chosen over any of the other quarterbacks in the second round?
Well, Drew Brees of course. Both are smaller in size and had shoulder injuries. Brees went on to win the Super Bowl last year while being a leading passer.
Colt McCoy could have the same luck in the future. All he needs is a good coach and a good team behind him. With Shanahan in rebuilding mode, there's a high possibility the Redskins will be a true competitor in a few seasons.
Team Needs: Bryan Bulaga and Golden Tate
Lets say the Redskins decide to stick it out with Jason Campbell, or maybe even decide to give Colt Brennan another chance.
With the Lions taking Okung, the Redskins will still need a left tackle. So they now have to settle for Bulaga. He's definitely an NFL-ready tackle and could be a good replacement for Chris Samuels.
Another possibility would be Bruce Campbell proving that he's first round worthy, and the Redskins choose him.
The Redskins are in need of another target for Campbell besides Santana Moss. The wide receiver class in this draft isn't legendary, but there are some solid receivers that definitely help any team that decides to draft them.
With Dez Bryant likely being drafted in the first round, Golden Tate may be that receiver. In my opinion, Golden Tate is the reason why Jimmy Clausen might look as good as he is. Golden Tate could make even a subpar quarterback look good.
Worst Case Scenario: Jimmy Clausen and Kyle Calloway
With the possibility of Bradford being gone to the Rams and Okung to the Lions, the Redskins are left in a confound predicament.
The top QB and LTs are gone, so what's next?
Arguably the next best quarterback is Jimmy Clausen. He played solidly for Notre Dame and would probably make a good NFL starter since he played in a pro-style offense.
Clausen's concerns stem from his leadership skills and off-field antics.
Another concern, not so popular as others, would be the fact that he had one major target during his days at Notre Dame. That target was Golden Tate and this brings back thoughts of Chad Pennington and Randy Moss. Also, the Redskins do not need another arrogant player since they already have Clinton Portis.
But with a coach like Mike Shanahan, I believe Clausen can be molded into a solid starter.
In the case that all major left tackles are gone by the second round and with the Redskins still in need of a quality left tackle, they may have to settle for a right tackle with some left tackle experience. That tackle would Kyle Calloway. He started every game since 2007, alternating from left to right tackle.
It's Still Up in the Air
By draft day so much can change.
If the Redskins are able to sign a solid left tackle during free agency and are thoroughly impressed by Bradford during his pro day and private workout, they may want to trade up with the Rams for the first pick.
Shanahan may be impressed by Clausen and decide to draft him.
The Redskins could even decide on another position to build upon during the draft process. Let's not forget that Daniel Snyder is still the owner and is never one to be quiet for too long.