The 2011 NFL draft is less than two months away and the NFL and Players Union still have not come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
That will not stop the draft.
The draft will continue no matter what happens with the CBA negotiations.
This means that each team needs to prepare for every outcome. This is one of the most important drafts in Washington Redskins history.
The Redskins made big moves last season, including the signing of Mike Shanahan to be head coach. Daniel Snyder brought in Bruce Allen as General Manager. They traded a 2011 fourth round draft pick to division rival Philadelphia Eagles for Donovan McNabb. Then they completed a trade with the New Orleans Saints to bring Jamal Brown and a fifth round pick to D.C. for a 2011 third round pick.
So now the Redskins sit without a third or fourth round pick. That makes the job even tougher for Shanahan and Allen. They both have to dig deep and find the next Tom Brady, or Terrell Davis. It has been done before and will be done again.
There is no doubt that trades will happen before and during the draft so the Redskins can acquire more picks, especially in the third and fourth rounds.
These are the players I believe that the Washington Redskins should draft in the respected rounds in the 2011 NFL draft. This is also assuming that they can trade for a third and fourth round pick in the draft.
The Redskins need a big time wide receiver. Julio Jones is a big time player and would help the Redskins bring back some excitement to D.C.
Yes, I know they need offensive line and some defensive pass rush, but as you will see in later picks, there is plenty of talent in later rounds. Julio Jones is someone you can not pass up. They need someone that can go up and make that big touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone.
Julio will be able to help spread the field and leave more one on one coverage for "deep threat" Anthony Armstrong and give Santana Moss a role as a slot receiver to do what he does best; catching short passes and turning those into first downs, or touchdowns.
If the Redskins are lucky enough, Phil Taylor falls to the Redskins 2nd round pick. Taylor is projected as a late first round pick, but with all the talent upfront on the defensive line in this years draft, it is a great possibility that Taylor could fall to the second round.
He does have character questions which could cause him to drop, but his production on the field is the reason why teams still value Phil Taylor.
This pick would give the Redskins the ability to move Albert Haynesworth to a team that wants to deal with his troubles. Hopefully the CBA will be in place before the draft so the Redskins will be in position to trade Haynesworth before or during the draft.
The interior line of the Redskins have been inconsistent. The only player on the offensive line that will be a Redskin for years to come is Trent Williams.
Other than Williams, each player on the line is expendable, but will do for a year or two while we build the line.
Clint started all four years for Georgia and had a great career on the interior line. He does a great job at recognizing blitzes and is a tremendous run blocker.
With Clint and Trent covering the left side of the line the Redskins can look forward to blind side blocking for years to come.
Colorado's secondary has been excellent. Jalil Brown got a lot of balls thrown his way due to Jimmy Smith being on the team. Brown is a good second corner, which is exactly what the Redskins need.
The Redskins have some questions in the secondary. Carlos Rogers has not lived up to the first round pick status and Philip Buchanon is past his prime.
If the Redskins decide to keep Rogers they can bring in Brown and help him adjust to the defense and be a viable three or two along side DeAngelo Hall.
The thing I like the most about Brown is that he stands over six feet tall. The NFL is moving towards the taller cornerback and the Redskins can take advantage of this by taking Brown.
A top notch runner who averaged 6.6 yards a rush in his senior year and 5.9 yards in his career. The Redskins can use an upgrade at the running back position, and we all know how Shanahan has created great running backs out of late round picks.
Right now it is Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams taking the backfield duties since the Redskins released Clinton Portis in the offseason. We saw some flashes of greatness with both Torain and Williams, but the injury bug seems to like Torian and could cause a problem in the future since Williams is not number one starter.
Helu is an inch taller than Mark Ingram and is faster with a 4.45 forty time. He would be a great first and second down back. Than bring in Williams as the third down back to catch passes out of the backfield.
The last time the Redskins had a quarterback from TCU, he made the first ever class of the NFL Hall of Fame. His name—Sammy Baugh.
The Redskins quarterback situation is the worst it has been for years. Donovan is most likely on his way out and "Sexy Rexy" is not a long term franchise quarterback. Either Donovan or Rex will be expected to lead this team in 2011.
This leaves a spot open for the Redskins to spend a pick on a quarterback that they can develop. Dalton is a very smart quarterback and completed a career high 66.1% passes last season. He led his team to a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin.
I have heard some compare him to Colt Brennen, but I feel that Dalton is more equipped to be an NFL quarterback and has more experience as a starting, winning, quarterback who played against very good teams in college.
The Redskins need a kicker who can provide consistency. They have not had that since Chip Lohmiller. Gano was thought to be someone who would bring that type of consistency to D.C.
Alex Henery has got a big leg with his career long being a 57-yarder and has kicked numerous game winners. That could come in handy since the Redskins finished close a lot, with nine games in 2010 being decided by three points or less.
A valuable kicker can help make those games into wins.
The Redskins need to use a draft pick on a big leg kicker this year. I knew Mason Crosby was going to be a star and wanted the Redskins to take him, but the Packers swept in a drafted him.
This is the Redskins chance to get the "Crosby" type kicker.
This last season Mario had 10.5 sacks and that is what the Redskins need. He would be a great complement to Brian Orakpo.
The University of Troy has had some very good defensive line talent, most notably, DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys—a player the Redskins know all to well.
Mario would not be expected to carry a huge role right away. The Redskins need him to be out their to help give Orakpo a better rush off the edge.
If the Redskins do not go with a defensive linemen in the first round, than Mario would be the best bet for the Redskins in the later rounds.