The Washington Redskins love what the draft offers along the offensive line, at pass-rusher and at running back. They happen to want players in all of those areas. But just because there are multiple edge rushers projected to go in the top 10, don't assume that's where the Redskins will go with the No. 5 pick. That position has value after the first round, too. It still could be the pick -- the only other positions I could see them going at 5 would be receiver (Kevin White, Amari Cooper) or quarterback (Marcus Mariota). A trade would be a definite possibility, but that of course takes two. Given the depth in some key areas, adding more picks -- and therefore more prospects to develop --is attractive
"Obviously his staple is being a great line coach, a physical line coach," Gruden said. "And the running game he brings is more a physical, downhill approach that we employed some last year, but not as many as we could. Part of that is because of the type of linemen we have. We have to adjust our running game to the style we want to be, but we have to make sure we have the linemen in the building to do what we want to do."
John Keim: It would be nice, yes. After all, for a lot of players it would only help their job performance -- especially quarterbacks. So much goes into that position; just working out isn't going to help you improve. You have to be studying film with coaches, etc. That's true for any young quarterback. But the rule is there to protect players from feeling like they never get a break. If it becomes a voluntary situation, you might as well label it involuntary because a player would feel an obligation to do more than they might want. They do need time away. Remember, this is what players wanted in the last collective bargaining agreement. Still, it really does hurt the quarterbacks, some more than others. When you're transitioning styles or learning a new offense and you're young (Robert Griffin III)? More time would definitely help.
"I think we missed him on a lot of opportunities," Gruden continued. "That just comes with playing [wide receiver] with three quarterbacks, which is never the ideal situation, obviously. That hurt all the receivers."
At the owners meetings McCloughan said that he had no ties to any of the players here and that every roster spot is open. We hear about competition for a lot but we rarely really see it. Either the competition is a sham and the pre-determined starters are never in jeopardy of losing their jobs or the depth is not strong enough for a serious challenge. I'll be curious to see if, say, Will Compton gets a shot at beating out Perry Riley at Jack linebacker. Will Ryan Grant get a chance to push Andre Roberts for snaps? If street free agent Tyler Larsen outplays center Kory Lichtensteiger, will he get the job? I think McCloughan means what he says but I'll believe a lot more when I see it.
Now with 12 big boards to choose from.