The Washington Redskins have a whole lot of holes to fill in the offseason.
Of course, when have the Redskins gone into the offseason without a lot of holes? Certainly they had holes on their team when they chose to trade away what could've been a crucial second round pick for quarterback Donovan McNabb. That pick, along with the third and fourth round picks given up in the 2011 NFL Draft, put the team in a bit of a hole. Their "let's get one playoff run" mentality backfired and now the 'Skins are firmly in rebuilding mode.
The Redskins do enter the draft with seven draft picks this season, but they are without their third and fourth round picks for the foreseeable future, unless the can offload McNabb and depose of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for the right price.
That puts the draft picks they have at a premium. With the current uncertainty of the collective bargaining agreement and not knowing when free agency will start, that makes every pick even more valuable.
With that being said, it's been very interesting seeing who others think the Redskins will draft in the first round. Most of these people have no knowledge of the Redskins needs beyond what they hear on TV.
They know the Redskins defense was ranked near the bottom of the league, they know McNabb won't be back, and they know that the Redskins don't have a receiving core. They also know that Dan Snyder is the owner, which colors people's opinion of who is in control of personnel matters.
Make no mistake, head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen are firmly in control of the personnel decisions, and contrary to popular belief, Mike Shanahan has had some recent success when he was handling the draft in Denver. (See: Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Ryan Clady, Eddie Royal, Peyton Hillis, Ryan Torain, etc.)
There are a lot of bad predictions out there, so let's clear the air and look at the five players who will not be drafted by the Redskins in the first round.