Getting an invitation to the NFL Draft is a dream come true for a lot of football players, but it can also be a stressful time when your name doesn't get called on the first night. The TV cameras love to focus in on the last few players left in the green room waiting for their name to be called. Last year, the Redskins were able to end one of those player's wait when they selected Morgan Moses in the third round with the 66th overall pick. The last player invited to the draft to be selected was Marcus Martin, taken 4 picks later by the San Francisco 49ers.
This year's list of attendees has a few notable names missing. The top two QBs, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, and the top WR, Amari Cooper have declined to attend this year's draft. All 3 of them have been mocked to the Redskins at some point or another in the last few months. The NFL will have some of the top offensive weapons in attendance though with most of the other top WRs including West Virginia's Kevin White, and the top two RBs, Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley.
The position that has been most frequently projected for the Redskins at #5 has been outside linebacker, and all of the top choices will be in Chicago to hear their names called. Vic Beasley, Dante Fowler, Jr., Shane Ray, and Randy Gregory have been rotating as the favorites for Washington, and barring a trade, one of them has a good chance to be holding a Burgundy and Gold jersey in 16 days.
If the Redskins pass on OLB and fix their offensive line problems early there will be plenty of options waiting in the green room including Brandon Scherff, Andrus Peat, and La'el Collins. A few of them will be better value following a trade back like D.J. Humphries and Cameron Erving, or at the top of the 2nd like Laken Tomlinson.
Who do the Redskins pick, and can they get two(or three?) of these top players following a trade back or a little luck? 16 days until the draft...
[UPDATE: 4/15/15 12:40 pm] Two more names have been added to the list of players who will attend the draft
List of players attending #NFLDraft in Chicago now up to 28. Penn State OT Donovan Smith and Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi will also be there.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 15, 2015