Hogs Haven's Top Picks for 2014 Draft

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Talk around the Hogs Haven water cooler about who the Redskins should pick at 34

The NFL draft is just hours away. Talk around the Hogs Haven water cooler has focused on who the Redskins should pick. The team has some glaring holes and this year, just as in years past, fans are hoping that the executives address those needs. In a fleeting moment of clarity, we decided to do a quick, informal survey of some of us here at HHHQ to see we want the Redskins to take in this year's Draft.

When the results were tallied, a theme began to unfold. Fuzzy at first, it became clearer with every emailed reply. The consensus is that the Redskins need to bolster their offensive line. Taking all the picks that will be snatched up in Round One into consideration, it seemed clear that the Redskins first draft pick this year should be Cyrus Kouandjio. He is an offensive tackle from the Alabama Crimson Tide.  As you can see, Kouandjio took an early lead in our poll. The responses received have been tallied below.

Ken Meringolo

Cyrus Kouandjio

OT

Alabama

Marc Shea

Cyrus Kouandjio

OT

Alabama

Mike Harar

Cyrus Kouandjio

OT

Alabama

Sean Patterson

Cyrus Kouandjio

OT

Alabama

Alex Rowsey

Cyrus Kouandjio

OT

Alabama

Nathan Legg

Cyrus Kouandjio

OT

Alabama

Bernhard Samuel

Deone Bucannon

S

Washington State

Kouandjio is a 6' 7", 322 lb Maryland native. He graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School and became a starter in the ultra-competitive SEC. His ability to create lanes was instrumental in the success of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. He also was vital in keeping A.J. McCarron upright throughout the year. Cyrus is patient but also has excellent quickness for such a large man.

Kouandjio will need coaching to improve his technique. His talent makes him draftable. To excel in the NFL, he will need to develop. Teams might be nervous about Kouandjio due to recent knee surgery. He has been cleared by Dr. James Andrews, the same orthopedic surgeon who treated Robert Griffin's knee. The Redskins spent a lot to draft Robert Griffin. It's time they use a draft pick to protect him. Cyrus Kouandjio is a great choice to shore up the Redskins' line.

The only dissent from the Kouandjio bandwagon was the single vote for Deone Bucannon. The safety from Washington State would be a good pick, and he might be available. He has an impressive skill set. Deone is 6' 1", 211 lbs and has good hands. He is quick and wreaks havoc in the secondary. He needs to improve his tackling technique to avoid the whiffs he made in college. He's a solid pick, if he's available. I'd like to hear from the Hogs Haven Nation. Who do you want to see picked at 34?

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