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The Redskins have a first round pick for the first time since 2011, what position do they need to address first?

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The 2014 season has been a lost cause for a while now, so posting the power rankings every Tuesday is not going to help anyone.  It's time to start looking towards next year's draft if you haven't already.  The college football season is winding down, all of the teams who have already been eliminated don't have much to look forward to at the moment.  You have already seen mock drafts popping up in the comments and in people's signatures.  Too soon? Maybe, but we've got a 1st round pick and we don't know who the pick will be for the first time since the 2011 draft.

Last year the Redskins ended the season at 3-13 which was the 2nd worst record in the NFL.  That pick of course went to the St. Louis Rams as the last payment for Robert Griffin III.  And because #SoRedskins, there are actually 5 teams who currently have a worse record than Washington right now.  That gives them the 6th overall pick, with not much chance to get the #1 pick this year.  Several teams in the top 5 play each other before the end of the year, so there is a possibility that the Redskins could move up a place or two, but that also means they would need to lose the final three games of the year.  Facing all three division rivals, and given the current state of the team, that's a very real possibility.

Odds to get the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft via NumberFire

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars - 33.84%
  2. Oakland Raiders - 18.72%
  3. Tampa Bay Bucs - 17.58%
  4. Tennessee Titans - 17.02%
  5. New York Jets - 11.82%
  6. Washington Redskins - 1.02%
NFL.com's Gil Brandt posted the top 3 needs for every team this morning, along with some possible players for each team to take. Here is his take on the Redskins:

6. Washington Redskins
2014 record: 3-10 (.485)
Top three needs: Pass rusher, DB, OT

Analysis: The Redskins have a lot of issues on defense, starting with a pass rusher and ending with a safety -- positions that were never addressed adequately last offseason. Jason Hatcher hasn't worked out and Brian Orakpo can't stay healthy. Their offensive skill positions are set, but can Robert Griffin III stay healthy? If not, add quarterback to the list.

Top-rated seniors at positional needs: Pass rusher: Vic Beasley (Clemson), Alvin Dupree (Kentucky), Owamagbe Odighizuwa (UCLA); CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon), Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest), Byron Jones (UConn); S: Derron Smith (Fresno State), Kurtis Drummond (Michigan State), Durell Eskridge (Michigan State); OT: Brandon Scherff (Iowa), Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M), La'el Collins (LSU)


And here is a quick look at what some of the early mock drafts are saying the Redskins should take:

WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
The Redskins will be in the market for a new starting quarterback next year, and Jameis Winston could be on their radar. But adding Cooper to combine with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon will give Jay Gruden the weapons to make any quarterback, including Colt McCoy, the resources to hang offensively with the Cowboys and Eagles.
DE-OLB Shane Ray, Missouri

Like the Jets, the Redskins need safety and offensive line help, but this still might be a bit high for that. Instead, the best way to help a beleaguered secondary might be to boost the pass rush with the fiery Ray, who can play down (in multiple techniques) or up with his great athleticism. Brian Orakpo's days might be over following his season-ending pectoral injury, and Ray might be a better finisher at the quarterback. This team also could use some of his raw emotion.

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S Landon Collins, Alabama
The Redskins could use offensive line help and safety. I'm not convinced Bruce Allen would draft a safety this high though. His track record is corners in the first round and safeties later on. Plus, the Redskins are getting good value with the top offensive lineman.

The Crimson Tide has been a talent factory for defensive backs for the NFL, and Collins is the program's 2015 model. He has 84 tackles with six passes broken up and three interceptions this year. Collins had monster games against Florida and West Virginia, but Ole Miss picked on him repeatedly and burned for two touchdowns. That outing versus the Rebels should have been worse as he was all but beaten for another long touchdown before the tight end dropped the pass. Collins (6-0, 215) is a physical strong safety who is good in the box and the short part of the field. He isn't a one-on-one pass-coverage safety.

In 2013, Collins recorded 70 tackles with four tackles for a loss, six passes broken up, one interception and two forced fumbles.

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OT, Andrus Peat, Stanford

The Redskins are passing on Shane Ray for a slightly inferior prospect, but they're set at outside linebacker. Also, they haven't been able to protect very well. It's highly disconcerting that third-round rookie Morgan Moses hasn't been able to find his way into the starting lineup despite the team's issues at right tackle. Moses finally started at San Francisco, and he was abysmal.

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OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa
The Redskins have struggled with inconsistencies and injuries on the offensive line, which have directly hurt the quarterback play, regardless of who is taking snaps. Scherff has played mostly tackle in college, but does have experience at guard and projects best there in the NFL (like Zack Martin a year ago). Regardless, he offers versatility and depth at both spots.
OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
All is quiet these days in DC; nothing at all to see here. Oh-by-the-way, RGIII isn't starting. Wait...what? The 2012 Rookie of the Year, future of the franchise, has been benched for the third time in as many years? What a fall from grace, as a team with a young talented roster and a division title just two years ago is now quarterback-less, faceless, and nearly talentless. Dan Snyder is mashing the reset button into oblivion right about now. The rebuild has to start in the pass rush and offensive line. Here, the Redskins land the top pass-rusher in the draft to pair with Ryan Kerrigan

Current 2015 NFL Draft Order


Pick

Team

Record

Strength of Schedule

1

TB

2 - 11

0.473

2

TEN

2 - 11

0.524

3

JAX

2 - 11

0.536

4

NYJ

2 - 11

0.568

5

OAK

2 - 11

0.580

6

WAS

3 - 10

0.485

7

NYG

4 - 9

0.533

8

CAR

4 - 8 - 1

0.530

9

NO

5 - 8

0.479

10

CHI

5 - 8

0.524

11

MIN

6 - 7

0.524

12

STL

6 - 7

0.464

13

HOU

7 - 6

0.527

14

CLE

7 - 6

0.429

15

MIA

7 - 6

0.435

16

KC

7 - 6

0.503

17

CLE via BUF

7 - 6

0.515

18

SF

7 - 6

0.515

19

BAL

8 - 5

0.533

20

DAL

9 - 4

0.426

21

SD

8 - 5

0.485

22

DET

9 - 4

0.488

23

PIT

8 - 5

0.459

24

SEA

9 - 4

0.432

25

ATL

5 - 7

0.459

26

CIN

8 - 4 - 1

0.476

27

PHI

9 - 4

0.488

28

IND

9 - 4

0.530

29

GB

9 - 3

0.488

30

DEN

10 - 3

0.521

31

NE

10 - 3

0.536

32

ARI

10 - 3

0.538

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