There's been a lot of talk, as expected, about who the Redskins should pick where in the draft. Some say QB first, some emphasize WRs, others want a corner or safety, and some just want to build the lines.
I am one of the last group. I think that the Redskins need to address 3 things in this draft: Interior Offensive Line, Defensive Line, and Line Backer. We have 7 picks in this year's draft, and if we can get anything out of McNabb or Haynesworth (I would enter a euphoric coma if we got a 3rd for each) we'll have 8 or 9, preferably 3 or 4 in the first 3 rounds. For purposes of this post, let's say we only get a 3rd for McNabb and we hold on to Fat Al because we have him for cheap.
The most important need we have is a solid Offensive Line. If we address this first, Rex won't be hit as much and therefore won't fumble as often. He has proven that he can be a somewhat effective QB in this system and I would like to see what he can do with time in the pocket. So with the first pick, the Redskins need to draft a Mike Pouncey or Nate Solder type. The can then move Licht to Center and have the rookie start alongside Silverback or Brown.
With the second pick the Redskins need a Defensive End. I feel that NT can be addressed later, because Anthony Bryant showed he can be somewhat effective in his 3 starts this season. He's not the answer, but he can act as a stopgap for this year and who knows? Maybe he'll surprise us
Anyways, A Defensive End opposite Jeremy Jarmon (I'm a fan of this kid) and Anthony Bryant at NT could prove to be at least an average line.
With the 3rd pick the Redskins will need a Linebacker, Inside or Outside - Both are needed.
From the 5th to the 7th pick repeat this pattern, but in reverse: LB, DL, OL, OL.
Imagine our offense with a solid, consistent running game brought by a better Offensive Line and Rex, who knows the system, behind center throwing to Moss, Armstrong, Austin, Banks, Cooley, and Davis. Now imagine a defense with a quality rookie (or two, if we get a gem in the 5th) at Linebacker alongside Fletcher and Orakpo behind a solid rookie at DE, Anthony Bryant, and Jeremy Jarmon. Sound imposing to you?
With such a foundation built, the Redskins can address skill positions next year - QB, RB, WR, FS, and CB - and they can start with a solid foundation built.
Knowing the Redskins, this is all wishful thinking, but I thought I'd see what you guys think of my philosophy.