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NFL Draft Day Two: Best Available Players For Redskins

Otto Kitsinger III

That was a very interesting night in which the Redskins have to be happy with. Plenty of reaching for offensive lineman and pass rushers has left a fairly wide range of talent still on the board in the second round. The Hogs Haven/HTTR24-7 Redskins draft board still has eight first round players available on the board. So lets take a look at the best available players still on the board for the Redskins.


We have first round grades on cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Johnthan Banks, both of whom would be welcome additions to the Redskins secondary. Taylor is a little more versatile in his ability to play press and off-man coverage while playing outside and over the slot receiver. Banks is more of an off-man corner with fantastic length and would allow either Josh Wilson or DeAngelo Hall to move inside to slot corner in nickel packages. The Redskins held a private workout with FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien, who is another defensive back we had a first round grade on. Cyprien is good enough to play both strong and free safety, but I think his versatility sees him picked before the Redskins are on the clock.

Other available players: DJ Swearinger, Robert Alford, Darius Slay.

Wide Receiver

We have six receivers in the second round on our board. I expect Justin Hunter to go pretty quickly tonight, so the best guys I see available include Robert Woods, Quinton Patton and Terrance Williams. We've already heard about the rumors of Robert Griffin III wanting his college teammate Williams, which would make that pick a very interesting one. Patton is a shifty guy with the ability to make defenders miss and pick up yards after the catch. He's probably the best blocking receiver in this class, which is of great importance for a run-heavy Redskins offense. Woods is a versatile guy that can split time between the Z and the slot receiver roles. He has reliable hands and is a better route runner than the other two guys mentioned here.

Other available players: Keenan Allen, Markus Wheaton.


Manti Te'o has fallen out of the first round and while that wont surprise too many people, we did have a first round grade on him. I would be surprised, however, if he was on the board for the Redskins at 51. Kevin Minter is another inside linebacker we have a second round grade on that could be there for the Redskins. As for outside backers, Damontre Moore is still on the board after falling out of the first round. We had a 1B grade on him, so we expected him to go somewhere between picks 12-24. If the Redskins wanted to bolster their pass rush alongside Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, Moore would represent great value even if it doesn't fill a need.

Other available players: Arthur Brown, John Simon, Cornellius Carradine, Khaseem Greene, Sio Moore, Corey Lemonier.

Defensive Lineman

Alabama nose tackle Jesse Williams missed out on being a first round pick last night. If he were to fall to the Redskins at 51, he'd be a fantastic addition to spell time with Barry Cofield. The 3-4 defense requires quality play from the nose tackle position and while Cofield has played well, he hasn't blown anyone away. Williams could be a force a few years down the line. Jonathan Hankins and John Jenkins also have second round grades on our board and could help push Cofield for playing time.

Other available players: Kawann Short, Margus Hunt.

Best Of The Rest

The offensive line position was decimated late last night. Lots of second round guys were taken in the last 10 or so picks. But guys like Terron Armstead and fellow Brit Menelik Watson are still on the board and could challenge for that right tackle spot on day one. Larry Warford and Barret Jones offer some value on the interior offensive line. Zach Ertz and Gavin Escobar are the only two tight ends we have graded in this round, but I wouldn't be shocked to see Vance McDonald come off the board for his versatility. At quarterback, Geno Smith is obviously still sat there. Meanwhile we have Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson and Ryan Nassib with second round grades. Having taken RGIII and Kirk Cousins last year, its tough to see the 'Skins drafting a quarterback. But with those guys on the board, they could use the quarterbacks as leverage to help them trade back and gain extra picks.

There's plenty of options still available, you can click here to check out the list of players the Redskins reportedly had interest in.

Dont forget to follow along with rounds two and three on our Redskins draft board