The Redskins have fixed the right side of their offensive line in the 2nd round, now it's time to work on the rest of the team in Round 3.
Earlier this week, Hogs Haven was asked to play GM and select the Redskins 2nd Round pick in this year's draft. The results were pretty lopsided, with 60% of the votes going to the winner, OT Cyrus Kouandjio. Needless to say, Managing Editor Ken Meringolo is still recovering from the wind sprint he made to the podium to select CK. The 10 yard dash is much harder than the Ten Yard Fight.
This weekend we move on to the 3rd round, and I've provided 5 options that potentially could be there for the Redskins in 3 weeks. Realistically, any and all of these players could be off the board by the time the Redskins pick. But they are all players who could drift down the boards and be available. They range in rankings from #43-93 overall according to CBS Sports. Your choices this week are continue to strengthen the offensive line(Center), give Robert Griffin III another reliable target(Tight End), improve the secondary(CB and S), and draft another pass rusher(OLB). What will it be this week Hogs Haven?
Marcus Martin, C, USC:
The Redskins addressed the right side of the line, but still have a giant question mark in the middle. Martin is one of the top 3 centers in the draft that could go in the first two days of the draft. He is currently ranked #76 overall by CBS Sports, and could be available at the top of the 3rd depending on what other Centers are drafted earlier.
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.
Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Marcus Martin
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington:
ASJ was red flagged at the NFL Combine due to a stress fracture in his foot that was discovered during testing there. He had surgery, but was unable to participate in Washington's Pro Day. Coach Gruden already has Jordan Reed at tight end, but not much depth that can reliably catch behind him. If ASJ drops to the top of the 3rd, he will definitely be on Gruden's radar. He is currently ranked #51 overall by CBS Sports.
COMPARES TO: Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars - Like the former UCLA Bruins star, Seferian-Jenkins unique size and hands made him almost impossible to cover in college, especially in the red zone. Less than elite speed and fluidity, however, makes Seferian-Jenkins more of a traditional security blanket over the middle rather than the Jimmy Graham-like seam threat so en vogue in today's NFL.
Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Deone Bucannon, SS, :
The Redskins secondary was
not good terrible last season, especially at the safety position. They are entering the draft with basically the same crew, adding 35 year old Ryan Clark and temporarily removing Reed Doughty. Bucannon is one of the best of the second tier safeties, and could be gone by the time the Skins pick at #66. The talent after the top 5 safeties drops significantly, and if the Redskins want to address the position in the draft they might jump to the podium if Bucannon is there. He is currently ranked #82 overall by CBS Sports.
COMPARES TO: Craig Dahl, San Francisco 49ers - Like the 6-1, 212-pound Dahl, Bucannon possesses an imposing frame and good closing speed which can result in some big hits. While possessing better ball-skills perhaps than Dahl, Bucannon is not particularly fluid which could lead to his struggles earning (and keeping) a starting role in the NFL.
Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Deone Bucannon
Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood:
Desir was one of the biggest risers in the draft this year, moving up the boards after every offseason event. He is a small school prospect who went unnoticed in early rankings, but after the East-West Game, Senior Bowl, and Combine, he has been projected as a lock in the top 3 rounds of the draft. There's a good chance he won't be available at #66. He is currently ranked #93 overall by CBS Sports.
COMPARES TO: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos - Like DRC, Desir possesses intriguing size, athleticism and ball-skills. With improved physicality -- especially in run support -- Desir could emerge as a legitimate NFL starter.
Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Pierre Desir
Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State:
Demarcus Lawrence, along with several other OLB prospects, met with the Redskins for workouts this week. The Redskins have to think to the future in case Brian Orakpo does not return next season after receiving the franchise tag this year. Lawrence hasn't been asked to drop into coverage much in college, but should be athletic enough to handle it. Lawrence drops to the top of the 3rd in this scenario, and the Redskins can show if they were bluffing with their visits this week, or truly interested in depth/replacements at the position. He is currently ranked #43 overall by CBS Sports.
COMPARES TO: Jason Babin, Jacksonville Jaguars - Like Babin, Lawrence projects nicely as a LEO defensive end due to his burst, length, tenacity and surprising strength. Impressive collegiate production is mitigated by the level of competition faced, as well as size limitations.
Demarcus Lawrence Visits Redskins