Round 1 of the real NFL Draft is in the books and the Redskins will be on the clock for their first pick this year at around 7:10 pm tonight. Over the last two weeks we have been presenting the Hogs Haven Community with 5 choices in every round, and giving you the chance to play GM for the Redskins.
2nd Round: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
A lot of the Redskins needs were filled with these picks. The people made it clear that the Offensive Line needs to be addressed early and often. The 2nd Round was done in conjunction with the SBN Bloggers Mock, and some of the same players are available in real life. Cyrus Kouandjio was the pick and Louis Nix, Timmy Jernigan, and Jace Amaro were some of the top available, and they will be all be available tonight. The knee issues are a concern, but Hogs Haven has taken the recommendation of Dr. James Andrews as fact.
3rd Round: Marcus Martin, C, USC
Marcus Martin was selected in the 3rd Round, and it should be a great pick to go along with Kouandjio. Both players are young(under 21) and will solidify the OL, and protect RGIII for a long time. There's a good chance that Martin will be off the board by #66 tonight, but players fall and teams need to take advantage of it when they do.
4th Round: Christian Jones, ILB, FSU
Christian Jones is a versatile LB who will be plugged into ILB this year and given a chance to compete for the open spot next to Perry Riley. The Redskins have been lacking some speed and coverage abilities in their ILB corp over the last few seasons. Now that London Fletcher is retired, they can look for a speedy replacement and hope Riley can step into his own as a leader.
5th Round: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia
Brent Urban is a huge Defensive End who will get into the rotation this year, and hopefully push some vets for their spots. Stephen Bowen has injury concerns coming back from microfracture knee surgery. Jarvis Jenkins is entering the last year of his rookie deal, and has been a disappointment due to injuries, suspensions, and his lack of impact. The line in general is older, with the 3 projected starters all 30+ years old. Talent has to be brought in to build for the future and replace older, expensive, and/or ineffective veterans.
6th Round: Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State
Does a raw, versatile defensive back with experience at FS and CB earn a shot with a 6th round pick? Of course he does. Johnson could get drafted anywhere from the 4th to the 6th round, so getting him at the top of the 6th is a great value here. Johnson is David Amerson's former teammate at NC State, and will learn from him and DeAngelo Hall his first year or two on the team. Hall and newly signed slot CB Tracy Porter could both be replaced in two years, and Johnson will be groomed to step in when needed. His versatility will be coveted by Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris.
7th Round: Colt Lyerla, TE, Coca University
You did it, you just had to do it. You really couldn't help yourselves could you? Colt Lyerla has had some well documented problems, with drugs, the law, and authority in general. He could be one of the most talented Tight Ends in the draft, but he will still be off of a lot of draft boards this weekend. Which team is willing to take a risk on him for a draft picks? For those keeping track at home, we were 10 votes away from having our new punter. Which is the better bet, a punter who does kickoffs, or a high risk/high reward Tight End? The people have spoken.