Mock draft season continues and ESPN gurus Mel Kiper and Todd McShay just posted their latest drafts on ESPN.
Riley Reiff*, OT, Iowa
The Redskins will be in the RG3 derby, but if they don't trade up I would expect coach Mike Shanahan to have a veteran free-agent acquisition to work with at quarterback. That leaves them with no other perfect fits in terms of needs -- no wideout or guard worth this pick -- but Reiff would bring some flexibility to the offensive line by giving the staff the chance to slide him or current OTs Jammal Brown or Trent Williams inside.
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Go ahead and pop the asterisk here, too. We know the Redskins are actively looking at moving up, and they could also be in the race for Manning. Obviously, what the Skins could do in free agency for their offense is something I'm considering. If they were to get Manning, this pick could turn into an O-lineman. As for Claiborne, amidst all that's up in the air, he still makes a lot of sense. He's the top corner available, and is actually a better pure cover corner than Patrick Peterson, the No. 5 overall pick from last year. The kid can play, and did nothing to hurt his stock in Indy.
My thoughts on the picks after the jump...
In McShay's draft, he had Claiborne off the board at pick #5, which would spell disaster for the Redskins if they missed their two boats: trading down and trading up. I think I'd rather have Tannehill at #6 over Reiff if it came down to that scenario.
Although Robert Gallery was a bust, Iowa Head Coach, Kirk Ferentz, has pumped out some quality OLineman including Bryan Bulaga, Marshal Yanda, and Eric Steinbach. I haven't watched any Iowa game film so I won't pretend to pass judgement on him.
I can't see the Shanahans using a #6 pick on a Right Tackle although it does add quality insurance given Trent Williams' predicament. I do agree with McShay that Claiborne does not make it past pick five.