2011 NFL Draft: Top 5 Players the Washington Redskins Should Draft at Number 10

Colin KirschnerContributor IIMarch 16, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: Top 5 Players the Washington Redskins Should Draft at Number 10

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    The 2011 NFL Draft is just around the corner.  With the tenth pick in this years draft, the Washington Redskins have quite the debacle.  Who is going to be available at ten?  Who should they select at ten? What top players should they really look at?

    This is a question many fans, including myself, have been asking for quite sometime now.

    We know, that all the coaches and scouts have been sitting in film rooms for weeks now.  With each one dissecting one player at a time. 

    There has to be a vast group of players the Redskins are looking at, due to holding the pick that they do. 

    The 10th pick is a tough pick to have.  With a nice group of players projected to be top ten worthy, it's hard to guess who will still be around.

5. Mike Pouncey, C

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 303 pounds

    The Redskins current center Casey Rabach, turns 34 years old in September and could hang up the cleats after another season.

    Rabach used to be a solid plug at center, however, he has gotten slower and been less effective the past few seasons.

    In comes, Mike Pouncey.  The younger brother of Pittsburgh's All-Pro rookie center, Maurkice Pouncey.

    Mike has a huge football IQ, along with quick feet and great hands, similar to his brother.

    This could be considered a very dumb pick by some so early, but there is no question that, Washington needs to address its offensive line.

4. Prince Amukamara, CB

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    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 206 pounds

    Washington has lacked a consistent premiere shut down corner since the days of Darrell Green. Yes, I said it, since Green was in burgundy and gold, the Redskins have lacked elite corner back play.

    I'm aware that DeAngelo Hall had a Pro-Bowl year in 2010. However, he still has a tendency to try and make the big play.  Instead of being smart and keeping his man in front him.

    Prince Amukamara would be able to come in and make an immediate impact in the passing game on defense. He has great size, speed and an IQ that can make him one of the leagues elite corners.

    With great ball skills and hands like a receiver, there could be a new island on the map in Washington, in 2011, "Prince Island." 

3. Julio Jones, WR

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    Height: 6'4" 

    Weight: 220 pounds

    With excellent height, a great frame and amazing top-end speed, Jones has the ability to score on any play.

    Jones is exactly what the Redskins have lacked on the offensive side for over a decade.

    This past season, he hauled in 78 receptions for 1,133 yards, but only seven touchdowns.

    His lack of touchdowns can be credited to constantly being double-teamed.

    Although he is a legit vertical threat with his acceleration and long strides, he needs to get better at separating at the line of scrimmage.

    However, he does a great job of quickly gathering his feet on short routes and does a great job in the open area working against zone coverage.

    He needs to work on using his hands more when receiving the ball.  As he tends at times to use his body, resulting in drops. 

    Jones should get better at all of these easy fixes and become an elite receiver for years to come.

2. Cam Newton, QB

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 250 pounds

    Ah, the $40 million dollar question.  Washington, has lacked great quarterback play since the days of, Brad Johnson.  Could this be the year, the Skins get their guy?

    Newton is a very interesting prospect, and he took college football by storm in 2010.

    He threw for 2,854 yards with a 66.1 completion percentage, a 30-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 1,473 rushing yards with 20 touchdowns.

    The fact that he did all this while playing in the SEC shows this kid could be something very special for the next decade.

    However, he is a what I call a "one-hit-wonder"; we only were able to watch him play on the national level for one season. 

    Who's to say that if he did return for his senior season those fast SEC defenses wouldn't be able to make adjustments. 

    On the flip side, Tim Tebow, did the same thing year-after-year in the same conference.

    Newton shows great talent and play making ability.  Especially for someone of his stature. His release is smooth with good foot work, but an area he could improve upon.

    Now it's only a matter on if he will fall this far to ten.  As some people are speculating that, the Carolina Panthers, may take a gamble at number one.

1. Marcell Dareus, DT

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    Height: 6'2" 

    Weight: 303 pounds

    With the Redskins changing things up in 2010 on the defensive side of the ball, there are certainly some areas they could add some depth at.  

    Defensive tackle is an area this football team needs to upgrade at.

    Marcell Dareus has solid height and weight for a defensive tackle, but a better frame to play defensive end in certain 3-4 schemes. 

    He has tremendous speed for his size and stays low giving him a huge advantage.

    When he his confronted by another blocker his motor doesn't stop, he drives his legs making it very difficult to throw him off his feet.

    In addition to his arsenal, he has quick hands and feet that help him get out of trouble.

    A huge plus for Dareus is his ability of having a warehouse amount of twists and stunts, keeping the offensive line of their toes.

    This past season he totaled 33 tackles with 20 solo and five sacks.

    The Redskins will not be disappointed if they have the opportunity to draft, Dareus and could have the leagues best rushers in himself and Orakpo for the next decade.