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DE/OLB Missouri Aldon Smith
What I've been waiting for.
It was a promising year for the Redskins with a new regime in Shanahan and Allen. Fans believed that despite a new head coach and new systems to be installed, the Skins would still be competitive. Washington had their moments, but it was obvious that they are more than a few positions away from a win now attitude.
This mindset was actually a disguise.
Even with the addition of QB Donovan McNabb, it's difficult to have a dangerous offense while installing a new system, especially with an average receiving corps, inconsistent line play and injuries at the RB position. Despite that, an emerging wide receiver in Anthony Armstrong and running back Ryan Torain were put on display. WR Santana Moss proved his worth.
With McNabb most likely on the way out and the resigning of Moss, they could draft at either position with their first pick. QB Blaine Gabbert and WR AJ Green are already off the board.
With that, Shanahan could either reach for his QB (not named Newton) or take the next best WR in Julio Jones. Don't think Shanahan pulls the trigger on a QB, just yet, and Julio Jones isn't worthy of the No. 10 pick either.
He gives the defense some needed help instead.
The Haynesworth situation was just bad. Installing a 3-4 without the personnel for it showed this year. They were 26th against the rush and last against the pass. It's not a question of whether the 3-4 works or not, (actually I saw a lot more turnovers this year) it's that you need the personnel to do it.
The nose tackle position would be desired, but the top ones are gone. A free safety would be nice to boost the secondary, but there isn't one worthy at 10.
The Skins will also consider a cornerback here. Instead, Shanahan drafts Missouri DE/OLB Aldon Smith. He'll bring some needed pressure on the QB, along with the quickness to cover in space opposite Brian Orakpo.
As for the rest of the draft, I see Shanahan addressing the QB position on offense and the front seven. I think his track record for finding his QB later on will happen. Remaining picks will not only focus on the defensive line, but adding some needed depth at the CB/FS positions.
The offense needs a true No. 1 receiver and interior offensive linemen, but they may be addressed in free agency instead.
With a combination of smart decisions in this year's draft and free agency, the Redskins can be more competitive sooner rather than later.