There is a ton of conversation about who the Redskins should take in the NFL draft, what they should do in the off season, and other matters. But I want to focus on that 34th pick because for how much it sucks to not have a first round pick (btw, I still think the trade was worth it), we are in a prime spot to grab someone with serious talent that slips or would be a first round talent but falls because teams address other needs. Here is a look at some guys I think will be there that will address specific needs.
1. WR Allen Robinson, Penn State. Pierre Garcon had a tremendous season but after him, the next highest number of catches was Jordan Reed with 45, and he barely played half the season. Robinson's coming out party was Penn State's dramatic victory over Wisconsin earlier this year. He's big, something we miss in all of our receivers. Griffin took a lot of criticism for not being able to get through all of his reads, but honestly the WR and OL corp was so bad he just looked for Garcon or Reed and then took off. There were too many drops for him to trust anyone else. Bringing in a young, big WR with good hands to complement Garcon would be an excellent use of this pick.
2. OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor. One of the misunderstood parts of Art Briles's big Baylor offense was that for all their passing exploits, they had a tremendous running game as well. He was RG3's left tackle two years ago so he knows the QB's tendencies already. Best of all, he's enormous which for me is the key component of what we were missing in the Shanahan Era. Shanny loved his lineman small, but this isn't the 1990s anymore and defense lineman are now still as big as they were back then but as athletic as linebackers now. Richardson has played tackle and guard at Baylor for three different quarterbacks that all had great season (Griffin, Nick Florence, and Bryce Petty). I'm not sure he drops to round 2, but he's someone to keep an eye on.
3. DT Will Sutton, Arizona State. Every time I watched the Sun Devils, every color commentator talked about Sutton's potential as a pro. He added weight this year and the Redskins badly need a disruptive force in the middle to free up linebackers to attack the ball. He had some maturity issues at ASU and despite his weight and strength, he's short and doesn't have elite speed. Still, this is the kind of guy a good coach could get their hands on and turn into a superstar.
4. LB Shayne Skov, Stanford. I've heard this thrown around a lot. Obviously London Fletcher is retiring and there is a possibility we could lose Perry Riley (who I absolutely LOVE), so addressing linebacker is going to be a must. Skov anchored a Stanford defense that was outright beastly in a conference that featured both Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, and the underrated Keith Price. He's a tackling machine and seems like he's very intelligent on the field. Might be some worry that he tore his ACL a few years ago. If I had to place money on what will actually happen with #34, Shayne Skov is the guy I think will be taken.
5. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama. Safety is something we desperately need, and I think losing Phillip Thomas before the season started was a huge issue for us. It made us rely much too much on Brandon Merriweather when he is a 15-yard penalty waiting to happen on every place. I trust players from Alabama on the defensive side to come out and be studs. Bacari Rambo got a lot of experience this year (not all good) and we cannot continue to find ways to start Reed Doughty. A rotation of Merriwheather (or insert free agent), Thomas, Clinton-Dix, and Rambo is a good start to moving forward.
What do you guys think? I think any of these five would be excellent choices, and if I had MY choice I would really like to see Robinson ... we desperately need multiple weapons in the passing game to help Robert out.