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Our weekly(ish) look at who is being projected to the Redskins at pick #34 in the 2014 NFL Draft.

As usual, this post will be a place to discuss all of the projections for pick #34 that I have rounded up, and also a place to post your own mock drafts to discuss. Fanspeak's Simulator is a great tool to allow you to build your own mock draft. And rumors are flying that a new, premium version will be available as early as next week that will include trades.

The long winter is almost over, and a new league year is starting in 3 days. The "legal tampering" period begins today and many young men will be getting propositioned. This will be our last look at mock drafts before free agency officially starts next week and everything changes. Team's will fill needs in FA, and it will allow them to be more flexible in the draft. The Redskins will be particularly interesting, because they have so many needs and only 6 draft picks in this draft.

Here is a quick look at who is being projected to the Redskins this week for pick #34 in the 2014 NFL Draft. Also a quick rundown of some of the changes from last week. There is still only 1 WR option, as Brandin Cooks replaces Allen Robinson. A lot of people are projecting several Cornerbacks to the Redskins. And my personal for #34, Ra'Shede Hageman, is back on the list.

Players Added:

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas A&M

Players Removed:

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Mock Draft Roundup 2.0

Mock Draft Roundup 3.0


Draft Pick


CBS Sports Projection




Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame




Reasoning: "The Redskins have been predominantly targeting Wide Receivers throughout the draft season up to this point, but now all of their premium targets have moved up into the first round: Kelvin Benjamin, Odell Beckham, Jordan Matthews and Brandin Cooks all gone. The team could look at Davante Adams or Allen Robinson, but both seem to have been temporarily tarnished by lackluster Combine performances. GM Bruce Allen will look at other needs here, and it looks like the 'Skins are in a sweet spot for Offensive Guards. Zach Martin has the versatility to play both Guard or Tackle, which is alway a welcome trait in the NFL."

Height: 6' 4" Weight: 308lbs

Previous Pick: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

Walter Football (Walter)

Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State




Reasoning: "ESPN loved talking up London Fletcher by saying he was still great this past season, but he could barely move. He was one of the reasons the Redskins were so inept on defense. He has announced his retirement anyway."

Height: 6'1" Weight: 237lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Ryan Shazier

Walter Football (Charlie)

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State




Reasoning: "Washington re-signed DeAngelo Hall, and I could see the team signing another veteran corner to go with Hall and David Amerson. Doing that would allow Washington to be more flexible in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Redskins need a secondary receiver to go with Pierre Garcon, and Cooks would be a good replacement for Santana Moss.

Cooks was one of the nation's leaders in receptions and receiving yards in 2013. He was superb for quarterback Sean Mannion. Cooks had 128 receptions for 1,730 yards with 16 touchdowns. He didn't get separation when matched up with Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and beat up on a lot of weaker competition early in the season. Cooks finished 2012 with 67 catches for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns.

The 5-foot-9, 189-pounder is undersized, but he could work as a slot receiver in the NFL. If Cooks weren't so undersized, he would go earlier."

Height: 5' 9" Weight: 189 lbs

Previous Pick: Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Brandin Cooks

MockingTheDraft (Fairburn)

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame




Reasoning: "Stephon Tuitt has become my go-to pick for the Redskins. They need help along the defensive line, and this pick fits his value just about perfectly. Tuitt may not be the sensational prospect he looked like early in his career, but if he keeps his weight down, he could have a solid NFL career."

CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Tantalizing upside. Highly athletic frame despite massive size. Impressive combination of length, power and surprising quickness. Scheme versatility for the 3-4 and 4-3, possessing the size of most interior linemen while maintaining the quickness to provide a rush off the edge.

WEAKNESSES: Arrived to 2013 fall came out of shape following hernia surgery and struggled to dominate as he had as a sophomore. Lack of consistency was a concern as a junior.

Height: 6'5" Weight: 304lbs

Note: Dan Kadar was asked for his Redskins pick due to this only being a 1 round mock draft.

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Stephon Tuitt

The Draft Report

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota




CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Alternately lining up over the nose or as a three-technique, Hageman consistently pushes his counterparts deep into the backfield, demonstrating rare upfield burst for a man of his size, as well as impressive strength. A brute in the middle, combining excellent size and power to push blockers deep into the pocket.

WEAKNESSES: At times struggles to locate the football quickly, can appear a bit stiff changing directions and shows just average speed and determination in pursuit, despite being subbed often. Had two potential big tackles for losses negated by facemask penalties against Minnesota in 2013.

Height: 6'6" Weight: 310lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Ra'Shede Hageman


Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota




Height: 6'6" Weight: 310lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Ra'Shede Hageman

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech





STRENGTHS: Physical demeanor with good length. Excellent toughness and energy -- plays like he's 25 pounds thicker. Good vertical leap and smooth hip action to flip-and-go.

Good route recognition and outstanding read-and-react quickness to mirror or plant-and-drive to attack. Above-average anticipation and cover instincts. Studies receivers and does his homework to know what to look for without hesitation.

Physical in run support and works hard to get off blocks. Closes in a flash with a fierce attitude. Heady and opportunistic player. Very good ball awareness and NFL ball skills. Good blitzer. Experience playing inside and outside and at safety, linebacker and special teams.

WEAKNESSES: Very lean with limited muscle definition and overall growth potential. Overaggressive nature and he over-pursues in coverage and run support to compensate for lack of elite speed. Doesn't have gear to recover if he loses a step at the line. Too "hands on" and is susceptible to mental errors. Tends to freelance. Undisciplined making tackles in the open field. Strong durability concerns with his physical style and lean body type. Senior season ended prematurely due to hernia surgery in Nov. 2013.

COMPARES TO: Jason McCourty, Titans - Fuller isn't an elite athlete, but he's agile and quick with the aggressive nature and reaction quickness to make plays against the pass and the run.

Height: 6' Weight: 190 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Kyle Fuller


Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State




Reasoning: "Three-year starter. Missed the 2014 Orange Bowl with a knee injury. Best asset is his big time speed and athletic ability. Can be disruptive with corner blitzes. Recorded 13 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and blocked two punts in 2013. Ball clubs will be enticed by his speed and athletic ability. Injury history. Questionable ball and visual skills."

Previous Pick: Allen Robinson, WR, PSU

Height: 5' 11" Weight: 194 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Bradley Roby

NFL Draft Geek

Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida St




CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Despite his smaller frame, Joyner plays like he's 6-2 and 225 pounds, hitting like a truck in run support. He has bounced between safety and cornerback, showing NFL scouts his versatility to help out anywhere in the secondary.

Aggressive striker who only knows how to play full-speed, showing excellent timing to make plays on the ball. Plays fast with natural acceleration to go from 0 to 60 in a flash, displaying impressive closing burst. Possesses the build of a running back and loves to deliver punishing hits with his violent playing style. He also adds value as a kick returner and looks natural as a ballcarrier.

Excellent awareness and instincts with quick diagnosis skills as well as the balance, agility and speed to handle coverage duties.

WEAKNESSES: Though he plays with desirable aggression and intensity, he can be overaggressive at times, biting on fakes and allowing receivers to gain a step. While playing with no fear, does lack ideal size for safety. Where will his ideal position prove to be in the NFL?

Height: 5'8" Weight: 184 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Lamarcus Joyner

NFL Mocks

David Yankey, OG, Stanford




Reasoning: " Robert Griffin III was hit a lot in 2013. That is unacceptable for the Washington Redskins. They have to improve their front line blocking. Adding a versatile All-American guard like David Yankey who can play tackle too would do wonders."

Height: 6' Weight: 190lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: David Yankey

New NFL Draft

Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford




CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Possesses a surprisingly lean, country-strong frame with broad shoulders, a trim middle and long limbs with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Lined up the majority of the time out of the two-point stance, showing fair speed off the corner in this role. Has a high, choppy back-pedal but gains ground quickly due to his long legs and has surprisingly fluid hips to turn and run with potential receivers. Shows better burst off the ball out of the three-point stance, timing the snap well and showing natural explosiveness in his legs to spring forward. Uses his hands well, including a very effective club and shoulder dip to efficiently cross the face of pass-blockers. Possesses at least fair closing speed, as well as vision and anticipation to stalk the ball-carrier, often meeting them as they attempt to flee rather than missing them deeper in the backfield. Instinctive defender. Locates the ball and is a high-motor player. Functional flexibility. Recognizes cut-blocks and sprawls well, using his hands to knock down defenders and keeping his eyes up to react to the quick-throw. Plays with a degree of toughness and physicality that every coach will appreciate... A former steer-wrestler and plays with this mentality.

WEAKNESSES: Will be viewed by many as a classic 'tweener. Does not possess the muscled-up frame teams are expecting as a defensive lineman nor the straight-line speed expected of a linebacker. Has been surrounded by other instinctive and physical players throughout his career at Stanford and Murphy's lack of ideal "juice" was evident against the better athletes at the Senior Bowl.

COMPARES TO: Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings -- Through hard work, Allen (selected No. 126 overall by Kansas City) has made himself into a perennial Pro Bowler but I scouted him in person at the East-West Shrine Game in 2004 and it was far from a consensus that the Idaho State product would develop into this caliber of player, especially after he lifted 225 pounds just 13 times at the Combine. At a rangy 6-5, 252 pounds, Murphy doesn't necessarily project well to a classic 4-3 alignment or even the 3-4 scheme in which he starred for the Cardinal but like Allen (6-5, 260), he's one of the tougher, more ornery players I've come across. I think he'll ultimately out-play his draft selection, though not necessarily to the staggering degree as Allen.

Height: 6'5" Weight: 250lbs

The Draft Site

Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida




CBS Sports Analysis:

STRENGTHS: Good size and length for the position and uses his long arms to disrupt receivers. Fluid movement skills with quick feet and body control to blanket in coverage - smooth hips and balanced transition in bump-and-run.

Good route anticipation and stays patient and controlled, but also the recovery quickness to take chances. Instinctive and alert to make positive plays on the ball. Barely gets lost with a good feel in coverage, understanding when to look for the ball.

Very physical and fearless in coverage and aggressive in pursuit. Works hard to gain ideal body position and knows how to use the sideline. Excellent competitor and won't back down from bigger targets. Experience on special teams as a punt returner. Has worked hard to get stronger in the weight room.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to improve his discipline in coverage - too much physical contact downfield. Will get lackadaisical at times with his technique and play too tall or get grabby. Has the read/react quickness to click-and-close in a hurry but needs to do it more consistently on underneath throws - will allow his hips to be turned too easily in bail technique.

Needs to consistently wrap to finish hits and break down better in space - lack of strength shows vs. the run.

Durability concerns after battling knee and ankle injuries over his career - missed five games in 2013. Character needs investigated after an alcohol arrest in Sept. 2011 and a one-game suspension in 2013 (vs. South Carolina) for a violation of team rules.

COMPARES TO: Alterraun Verner, CB, Tennessee Titans - Like Verner, Roberson isn't the biggest or fastest, but they both use their length well and use foot quickness and instincts to be effective.

Height: 6' Weight: 191 lbs

Bleeding Green Nation

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech




Reasoning: "Jay Gruden is a fan of two-tight end sets and with Jordan Reed already on the roster, the Redskins select Amaro to give Robert Griffin all the help he can get across the middle."

Height: 6'5" Weight: 265 lbs

Hogs Haven Draft Profile: Jace Amaro