Brent Urban won in the closest vote so far in this year's Draft GM series. With 35% of the vote, Urban will be drafted to be part of the Redskins defensive line rotation. The Redskins DL is full of question marks, and a big, young, cheap replacement is a definite need for the future. Stephen Bowen is telling anyone that will listen that he will be healthy for training camp, and that he is one of the best 3-4 DE's in the league, but he is coming back from microfracture knee surgery, is 30 years old, and is very expensive. Jason Hatcher has his spot locked down for the next few years, but he is also 32 years old. Urban could be a steal this late in the draft, and he could be drafted much earlier based on his potential.
It's time to move on to the 6th Round of this draft, and try to find this year's Alfred Morris. This is where GMs and scouting departments earn their paychecks and gain their reputations. Has the removal of Darth Shanahan improved the scouting of the Redskins enough? Will the committee of Scott Campbell, Morocco Brown, Doug Williams, and Bruce Allen be able to form a hive mind? Time will tell, but now it is up to Hogs Haven to make the decision and find a future starter in the 6th.
2nd Round: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
3rd Round: Marcus Martin, C, USC
4th Round: Christian Jones, ILB, FSU
5th Round: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia
6th Round Options:
Aaron Lynch, OLB, USF:
Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State:
STRENGTHSGood balance and athleticism. Can run with tight ends in coverage. Good zone awareness. Efficient plant-and-drive. Nice length to compete in the air. Sets a hard edge as a force player -- works to get off blocks, throws his weight around and tackles aggressively. Has played safety, cornerback, nickel and special teams. Smart and hardworking.
WEAKNESSESIs lean and needs to bulk up and get stronger. Has short arms and small hands. Lacks elite top-end speed (struggled mightily to contain Clemson WR Sammy Watkins). Hesitates to diagnose from depth and takes some inaccurate angles. Shows tightness in transition. Struggles to break down and tackle in space. Ordinary ball production.
BOTTOM LINEWiry, narrow-framed, high-cut, athletic defensive back who started the first five games of his senior season at left cornerback before manning free safety for the final seven contests. Would be best in a predominantly zone scheme where he would have value as a versatile backup.
Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State:
Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State: