NFL Draft 2011: Quick Review of Washington Redskins' Needs Before Thursday
Redskins need pass rusher, nose tackle for starters
For those who like to keep track, it never hurts to have a reminder about what Washington needs to address once the NFL Draft begins on Thursday.
Chad Reuter from NFLDraftScout.com previews Washington's draft and points out that the team needs to draft a nose tackle, pass rusher, cornerback, wide receiver and running back.
"Coordinator Jim Haslett says the nose is the key to his 3-4 defense," Reuter writes. "Albert Haynesworth refused to play the position. Ma'ake Kemoeatu was a bust coming off an Achilles injury and, like Haynesworth, will almost certainly not be back. Late-season starter Anthony Bryant might get a shot, but Washington needs a force here."
Reuter had also mentioned that the five key names he's heard Washington targeting are Julio Jones, outside linebacker Robert Quinn, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Prince Amukamara (pictured).
"They have a lot of holes to fill in their roster, but may covet one of the draft's top two quarterbacks so much they'll be willing to move up instead of accumulating the picks they've given up chasing players in the past," he writes. "If they can't grab reported target QB Blaine Gabbert early, they may select/trade down to pick Washington's enigmatic Jake Locker or select from one of the quality players meeting another need available to them at 10."
As alluring as it may be to trade up and land Gabbert, it doesn't make sense from a big picture standpoint. This team has too many needs, and while it may not seem eye-popping to land a bigtime defensive lineman, the eventual payoff should be something that any Redskins fan would appreciate.
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