Despite the fractured relationship between the NFL owners and the (now de-certified) NFL Players Association, one thing is for certain—there will be a draft on April 28-30, 2011.
It is still unknown whether or not there will actually be a season come September, but coaches and general managers, although unable to talk to any of their current players, are still tasked with scouting and grading new ones.
I've said it many times and it's been said by many others—the Washington Redskins have a ton of needs. There are needs on every side of the football and there is a definitive lack of depth at nearly every position.
These needs for talent and depth can not and will not be satisfied with one draft. It will take multiple drafts and numerous successful free agent signings to put this franchise in legitimate Super Bowl contention.
Signing free agent safety O.J. Atogwe was a step in the right direction. There was a need at free safety and Mike Shanahan and co. addressed this need with a solid player at a decent price.
The Redskins can continue this movement in the right direction by drafting responsibly and by improving the entire roster one step at a time. There is no quick fix.
As I stated in my very first article on Bleacher Report, the Washington Redskins are rebuilding, and it's about time they started acting like it.
I had hoped they would be able to possibly trade Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth for some additional picks, but without a new CBA, teams can only trade picks, not players.
This is my third go at a mock draft for the Redskins. My first mock was based strictly on need. My second mock was a post-NFL combine edition and this third one will take into account all of the latest and greatest Pro Day buzz and other draft-related hoopla.
Here we go...