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Al Bello

Our weekly(ish) look at who is being projected to the Redskins at pick #34 in the 2014 NFL Draft.

This post will be a place to discuss all of the projections for pick #34 that I have rounded up, and also a place to post your own mock drafts to discuss.Fanspeak's Simulator is a great tool to allow you to build your own mock draft.  The premium version which allows trades is now available, and is a great way to look at the options the Redskins have at the top of each round.

Three week's from today, the Redskins will be making their first selection of the 2014 NFL Draft.  Mock drafts are everywhere and the extra few week's before the draft just might drive some people crazy.  The Redskins have been busy with draft prospect visits/workouts, with over 15  prospect names announced so far.  There has been a heavy emphasis on defense, specifically pass rushers.  There have also been visits scheduled with WRs, RBs, DBs, and a quartet of OTs.  Draft visits can be nothing more than a smokescreen, or offer a slight clue into where the team is looking to improve.  This is lying season after all.

This week we have 7 new names added, and both of our Offensive Guards from last week removed.  There are only two names on the list who haven't been listed here before.  DT Timmy Jernigan(1st round prospect) and Marcus Martin(2nd-3rd round prospect) join the options at #34 for the Redskins.  Some people feel that addressing the Center position is the most important need in this draft, and are willing to take one with the Skins first pick.  These same people also have nightmares about a Monty high snap in the playoffs being replaced by a Licht high snap, and I can't exactly blame them.

So where's your head at Hogs Haven?  Offensive Line  needs to be addressed before anything else?  The secondary is still a sieve that needs to be fixed with the first pick?  BPA for any of the positions of need?  Trade down is the only thing that makes sense?  Don't worry, it's almost over.

Players Added:

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
Joel Bitonio, OT/G, Nevada
CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU
Marcus Martin, C, USC

Players Removed:

David Yankey, OG, Stanford

Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

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Draft Pick

Date

CBS Sports Projection

Overall

Position

Drafttek

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU

04/16/2014

55

10

Reasoning: "If you take a look at the 30 WRs who were leaders in TDs in 2013, how many would you guess are receivers over 6'1"? 15? 20? 25? Actually, 26 of the top 30 receivers are over 6'1", accounting for 85% of the touchdowns among this group. In contrast, shorter receivers dominate yardage gained. So, what do these figures mean for the Redskins? Well, even though the Redskins' passing attack seems to be stacked with the additions of Jackson and Roberts to Reed and Garcon, only Reed is over 6'0". The addition of Kelvin Benjamin would give the Redskins an Alshon Jeffrey-type receiver to add to this group and will make the Redskins a dangerous team in the red zone, not just in between the 20s."

Height: 6' 5" Weight: 240 lbs

Alternative Picks: Morgan Moses, OT, UVA; Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

3rd Round Selection: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kelvin Benjamin

CSN Washington

Joel Bitonio, OT/G, Nevada

04/16/2014

42

3(OG)

Reasoning: "All the receiving toys won't matter if RGIII doesn't have the time to throw their way. Bitonio is a draft board riser who can play tackle and guard. ILB Chris Borland and SS Jimmie Ward are Plan B options."

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Highly effective collegiate left tackle who combines good quickness, strength and tenacity. More athletic than he looks, demonstrating light feet and balance to quickly fan outside to handle speed rushers. Plays on the balls of his feet and shows good lateral agility to mirror edge rushers.

Strong hands to latch onto defenders and usually contains them throughout the play. Good quickness for the down block and in getting to the second level in the running game. Shows impressive power to drive defenders off the line and will knock them to the ground when he feels them off-balance.

Competitive. Doesn't give up on the play, even if beaten initially. Handled top competition when given the opportunity, including in one-on-one matchups against UCLA's Anthony Barr.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't possess the ideal length or build to remain at left tackle in the NFL and may be best served moving inside to guard - a position he never played at Nevada. Appears to have shorter-than-ideal arms, an issue that explains why Bitonio occasionally falls off blocks or is beaten with an effective over-arm swim move. Can get fundamentally lazy and stop moving his feet, allowing himself to get over-extended.

COMPARES TO: Marshall Newhouse, Green Bay Packers - Like the 6-4, 319-pound Newhouse, Bitonio's size looks better on paper than it does on tape, where his less-than-ideal arm length and thick middle seem to project best to guard. Also like Newhouse, however, Bitonio is surprisingly athletic and a savvy, competitive football player, who'll carve out a niche somewhere.

Previous Pick: Morgan Moses, OT, UVA

3rd Round Pick: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Height: 6'4" Weight: 302 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Joel Bitonio

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Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

04/16/2014

42

3(OG)

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Joel Bitonio

Walter Football (Walter)

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

04/16/2014

27

3

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Physical demeanor with good length. Excellent toughness and energy -- plays like he's 25 pounds thicker. Good vertical leap and smooth hip action to flip-and-go.

Good route recognition and outstanding read-and-react quickness to mirror or plant-and-drive to attack. Above-average anticipation and cover instincts. Studies receivers and does his homework to know what to look for without hesitation.

Physical in run support and works hard to get off blocks. Closes in a flash with a fierce attitude. Heady and opportunistic player. Very good ball awareness and NFL ball skills. Good blitzer. Experience playing inside and outside and at safety, linebacker and special teams.

WEAKNESSES: Very lean with limited muscle definition and overall growth potential. Overaggressive nature and he over-pursues in coverage and run support to compensate for lack of elite speed. Doesn't have gear to recover if he loses a step at the line. Too "hands on" and is susceptible to mental errors. Tends to freelance. Undisciplined making tackles in the open field. Strong durability concerns with his physical style and lean body type. Senior season ended prematurely due to hernia surgery in Nov. 2013.

COMPARES TO: Jason McCourty, Titans - Fuller isn't an elite athlete, but he's agile and quick with the aggressive nature and reaction quickness to make plays against the pass and the run.

Height: 6'  Weight: 190  lbs

Previous Pick: David Yankey, OG, Stanford

3rd Round Pick: Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kyle Fuller

Walter Football (Charlie)

CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama

04/14/2014

22

1

Reasoning: "The Redskins need a long-term replacement for London Fletcher. Keenan Robinson hasn't been able to stay healthy to prove he is that guy. 

Multiple sources told WalterFootball.com that they expect Mosley to slide. There are concerns about his knee, and linebackers have been sliding in the draft anyway - see Manti Te'o. In 2013, Mosley totaled 102 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five passes broken up. The senior showcased a well-rounded game with good run defense, pass coverage and blitzing ability. 

In 2012, Mosley stepped up to set the tone for the Crimson Tide defense and helped lead the team to another National Championship. He was excellent and led the program in tackles with 107. The junior also notched two interceptions, four sacks, eight tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes broken up. 

The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder had an excellent debut in 2010. The freshman was third in tackles on Alabama's defense with 67. He also had 10 pass breakups and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. Mosley was banged up some in 2011 and totaled only 37 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss. 

Mosely thrives in pass coverage, so he is tailor-made for an NFL defense. Mosley has a lot of talent and had a very productive career for Nick Saban."

Height: 6'2" Weight: 234 lbs

Previous Pick: Morgan Moses, OT, UVA

3rd Round Pick: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: CJ Mosley

E$PN IN$IDER(Kiper)

Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

04/17/2014

79

2

Reasoning: "Tackling was a huge problem for the Redskins last year, and adding one of the most consistent tacklers in the draft at a position of need makes sense here. I could see Borland in Round 1, too. He's currently among my top 25 players in the draft."

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Heady, passionate player. Consistently diagnoses action correctly, attacking seams to make plays near the line of scrimmage and showing better than advertised speed and change of direction while dropping into coverage. He is a no-nonsense LB, showing impressive pop and determination to get to the ball. Borland is disciplined in space and is rarely fooled, showing good body positioning and timing in coverage.

WEAKNESSES: Despite stellar production, Borland's pedestrian size and athleticism hurt, but there is some validity to the Zach Thomas comparisons. He lacks elite speed and range to consistently play sideline-to-sideline, but effort and motor aren't questions - his body and mind are always at full-go. Lack of length shows near the line of scrimmage.

Height: 6' Weight: 248 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Chris Borland

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Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

04/14/2014

33

4

Reasoning: "Cyrus Kouandjio has reportedly failed physicals with at least a handful of NFL teams because of an arthritic knee. That may cause him to slide a bit in the draft, but he's a first-round talent if healthy. Washington still needs to address its offensive line after free agency, so Kouandjio would be a nice value pick."

Height: 6'7" Weight: 322  lbs

Previous Pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Cyrus Kouandjio

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Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

4/17/2014

33

4

Reasoning: ""In Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed, the Washington Redskins think they have the makings of a special offense. Unless the offensive line does its part, however, all of this could be wasted. Cyrus Kouandjio and Trent Williams would give the Redskins an impressive bookend tackle situation. Cyrus is an athletic pass protector, and his strength would open the right side for Alfred Morris in the running game. The Redskins' offensive line got pushed around considerably last season, but with Kouandjio anchoring the right side, Jay Gruden should be able to be a lot more unpredictable with his play-calling."

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Cyrus Kouandjio

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Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

4/15/2014

33

4

Reasoning: "Redskins are very happy to trade back and still land their bookend right tackle. A 20 year old kid with an extremely high ceiling fell due to some failed team medicals. Our team doctors gave his knees a clean bill of health so we consider him a steal!"

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Cyrus Kouandjio

CBS Sports(Rang)

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

04/14/2014

33

4

Height: 6'7" Weight: 322  lbs

Previous Pick: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Cyrus Kouandjio

Draft Season

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

04/14/2014

27

3

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kyle Fuller

Big Blue View

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

04/18/2014

27

3

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kyle Fuller

CBS Sports(Brugler)

Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

04/14/2014

32

4(DT)

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Alternately lining up over the nose or as a three-technique, Hageman consistently pushes his counterparts deep into the backfield, demonstrating rare upfield burst for a man of his size, as well as impressive strength. A brute in the middle, combining excellent size and power to push blockers deep into the pocket.

WEAKNESSES: At times struggles to locate the football quickly, can appear a bit stiff changing directions and shows just average speed and determination in pursuit, despite being subbed often. Had two potential big tackles for losses negated by facemask penalties against Minnesota in 2013.

Height: 6'6" Weight: 310 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Ra'Shede Hageman

CBS Atlanta

Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois

04/15/2014

41

1

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Jimmie Ward

KWolfe Sports

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

04/16/2014

29

4

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Fluid body type with smooth hips to easily turn and adjust his frame. Excellent short-area burst and flexibility to seamlessly redirect his footwork to mirror receivers in space. Very good feel on an island baits and drives on throws with burst and timing. Improved instincts and awareness, not afraid to come off his man to make a play. Excellent ballskills and confidence to undercut routes and finish with the interception. Quick read/react skills. Adequate strength for his size and very active in run support. Will hold his ground at the point of attack. Very aggressive with the ball in the air and attacks it. Smart and sound with his cover assignments, always playing alert. Routinely made wow plays on special teams coverage, including a blocked field goal in 2012. Heady player with high football character. Productive as a three-year starter, combining for 43 passes defended and nine interceptions in college.

WEAKNESSES: Lack of elite height and length shows against most receivers. Lanky build and doesn't have the frame to pack on too much more muscle. Lacks ideal hand strength to consistently finish or easily shed blocks. Room to improve his tackling technique, especially in space, hitting too high and losing immediate leverage. Will pop up out of his backpedal too soon and needs to play with more consistent pad level in his transition technique. Needs to eliminate the mental mistakes with too many offsides and holding penalties on his resume. Blanket coverage, but needs to do a better job finding the ball with his back to the line of scrimmage. Some durability concerns after several nagging injuries plagued him in 2013, most notably a shoulder injury.

Height: 5' 10" Weight: 189 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profiles: Jason Verrett

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Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

04/11/2014

31

4

Reasoning: "Verrett would be a great pick for the Redskins as he fits one of their most pressing needs and has a first-round grade."

Height: 5' 10" Weight: 189 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profiles: Jason Verrett

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Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

4/14/2014

39

4

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Quick, instinctive linebacker with excellent reaction skills. Athletic enough in coverage, showing balance and change of direction. Locates the ball quickly and provides good effort in pursuit. Impressed at the Senior Bowl with his fluidity and instincts in coverage by closing quickly to bat away multiple passes during practices.

Shows excellent play recognition, taking on blockers with the correct shoulder (allowing him to slide off would-be blockers and into ballcarriers easily) and is equally effective slipping into coverage or sliding past offensive linemen on his way toward a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.

Surprised many coaches and teammates by returning for senior season, then battled through late-season injury to stay on the field and serve as the defense's leader.

WEAKNESSES: Not an elite athlete overall. A bit slow to 'shoot his gun' when ballcarriers are running at him and relies too much on a simple bull-rush when coming off the edge. Wasn't as disruptive as a senior, in part due to opponents game-planning to avoid him. However, he was also without 2013 first-round pick DL Ziggy Ansah occupying blockers in front of him.

Relies on instincts and efficiency, rather than physicality. Beats blockers to the action, rather than taking them on shedding violently and isn't an explosive tackler. Projects best as a traditional outside linebacker in the 4-3 alignment because of this lack of take-on mentality, though he has shown the ability to get to the quarterback.

COMPARES TO: Chad Greenway, Vikings - Greenway might just be the best all-around outside linebacker in the NFL, and comparing any rookie to him is therefore hyperbole. Van Noy plays with similar instincts and efficiency, however, making plays behind the line of scrimmage as well as dropping back into coverage with impressive consistency. He isn't flashy or physically dominant, but ranks among the safer prospects in the 2014 draft.

Height: 6' 3" Weight: 243 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kyle Van Noy

UT San Diego

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

04/16/2014

33

5

Reasoning: "The Redskins need help all over their defense. Roby's performance during the evaluation process has almost made up for his subpar final season with the Buckeyes. Top needs: DB, ILB, OL.

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Roby has world-class speed with the click-and-close ability to play tight coverage and mirror receivers all over the field. 4.39-second 40-yard speed and a good fighting attitude to battle for the ball.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks preferred size for the position. Can be late looking for the ball. Tendency to concede underneath throws, although some might have been scheme-based in college. Must prove he can drive on the ball and limit plays in front of him.

Height: 5' 11" Weight: 194 lbs

3rd Round Selection: Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Bradley Roby

NFL Draft Geek

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

04/14/2014

40

5(DT)

Reasoning: "Washington was a disaster in all phases last year. While RG3 and the offense got all the attention the 'Skins defense was a complete train wreck, most notably on the defensive line. Stephon Tuitt is experienced in the 3-4 and would fit nicely as a five technique defensive end for the 'Skins.

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Tantalizing upside. Highly athletic frame despite massive size. Impressive combination of length, power and surprising quickness. Scheme versatility for the 3-4 and 4-3, possessing the size of most interior linemen while maintaining the quickness to provide a rush off the edge.

WEAKNESSES: Arrived to 2013 fall came out of shape following hernia surgery and struggled to dominate as he had as a sophomore. Lack of consistency was a concern as a junior.

Height: 6' 6" Weight: 304 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Stephon Tuitt

Bleacher Report(Miglio)

Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU

4/16/2014

18

2

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Stays light on his feet with good movement skills for a 300-pounder, showing smooth hips and fluid lateral range to work up and down the line of scrimmage. Jernigan does a nice job using his hands and footwork to sidestep blockers and collapse gaps, and has active hands and the upper-body strength to bully blockers. Jernigan also shows improved ball awareness and can anchor against multiple blocks.

WEAKNESSES: Jernigan needs to improve his snap anticipation and is too often the last lineman to move off the ball. He's still developing his technique and figuring out how to properly use his limbs.

Height: 6' 2" Weight: 299lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Timmy Jernigan

Rotoworld(Silva)

Marcus Martin, C, USC

4/18/2014

75

2

Reasoning: "The Redskins don't have a first-round choice and will target an Opening Day starter with the 34th pick. Martin adds size to a Washington line Jay Gruden has been incrementally making bigger."

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Only a third-year collegiate player but already boasts the frame of an NFL interior lineman, possessing the naturally thick build conducive to playing in the trenches. Good quickness off the snap, showing the ability to get to the second level as well as seal defenders to create running lanes.

Possesses good core flexibility and natural knee bend to help him anchor against bull rushes. Slides well laterally to mirror pass rushers and keeps his head on a swivel to help teammates.

Plays with some nastiness. Plays to the whistle and isn't opposed to getting an extra shot in as the whistle blows. A good athlete whose flaws are coachable, suggesting that his best football is still ahead of him.

WEAKNESSES: Only has one year of starting experience at center and is likely to remain at this position in the NFL due to his less than ideal height. Plays very low, which gives him a natural leverage advantage but also makes him prone to effective swim moves from taller defenders. Relies on his punch too much, over-extending and getting himself off-balance.

Spends too much time on the ground because he attempts to knock defenders over rather than simply mirroring them or working to sustain his blocks. Can be a step late in reacting to surprise blitzes. Good quickness to the second level but doesn't redirect well.

COMPARES TO: Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns -- Mack was among the more polished and talented centers in recent history when he left Cal and was selected by the Browns with the 21st overall pick of the 2009 draft. Martin isn't yet at this stage but his upside is clear, as is his grit and physicality. With dedication to his craft, Martin could emerge as a quality starter in the NFL.

Height: 6' 3" Weight: 320 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Marcus Martin

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