2nd- Phillip Thomas FS, Fresno State
A team's top draft choice is typically used one of the teams biggest needs, whereas the later rounds are used to built depth. Phillip Thomas fits the mold perfectly as a player who fills a major need and would be one of the best players remaining in the draft, if available. If we sign a free safety in FA, Thomas could perhaps slide over to strong, where he could potentially excel in cover 2 packages.
3rd- Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State
Whether or not we resign Rob Jackson, Jenkins would be a brilliant pick for the Redskins. Jenkins had double digit sacks for FSU two seasons ago before missing the season with an knee injury. Had he repeated that production we would be talking about a potential first round prospect. Jenkins is a pure pass rush type OLB ideal for the 3-4 system we run and could indirectly improve the secondary by consistently pressuring opposing QBs.
4th- Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
This team desperately needs depth at cornerback and McFadden could actually contribute in nickel packages immediately. The report on McFadden is that he has been very effective in the slot, allowing Crawford to back up the two outside positions where he was solid in 2012. Having a nickel corner with potential to develop into at least a #2 fills one of the largest needs going into the offseason.
5th- Marcus Lattimore, HB, South Carolina
If Lattimore is available here, he would easily be the best available player and we would be foolish not to take him. He has ideal size, speed, vision and fluidity for an NFL running back. His leadership and attitude are reminscent of RG3 making him the protype "Shanny guy". The recovery on his injury is looking good (same procedure/same doctor as RG3 and it was done earlier), but he wouldn't have to rush back with Alfred Morris around anyway. Before the injury Lattimore was easily a top 10 prospect and pairing him with Alfred Morris and RG3 in this offense would basically be unfair.
5th - Ricky Wagner, RT, Wisconsin
Wagner has the skills to play within the ZBS and would represent a vast improvement in our tackle depth, if not a new starter at right tackle. A three way battle in training camp between Maurice Hurt, Tom Compton and Wagner is an exciting possibility from the standpoint of developing our own young talent into starters.
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