1. As I reflect on many of the Redskins' drafts over the last decade or longer, I think of high, single-digit draft positions. I realize that we have had our share of mid-round slots, and this is not about dredging up memories of terrible seasons. The point is that when you are picking at or near the top of the draft, you are almost always able to marry your biggest need with a blue-chip "can't miss" player. Granted, we have missed...on occasion (I still don't understand how nobody thinks to check Carlos Rogers' eyesight until he leaves town), but when you have to scan 20 picks down the sheet before you get to your team's first round slot, the manner in which you address need shifts. That is...unless this particular draft is loaded with enough inventory of exactly the right player. In the case of this year, the Redskins have a rather huge need to get younger and more talented on the defensive line. Depending on who you believe, there could be a dozen defensive linemen rated as first-round talents. That means that the Redskins could still enjoy that benefit of picking at the top of the draft, without all the...you know...misery that usually gets you there.
2. I saw that A'Shawn Robinson, the beastly defensive lineman out of Alabama, met with the Redskins and is squarely in our sights at #21 when we pick. I think we are all skeptical of him being available when we draft, but the mere possibility of himâor someone like himâpotentially lasting that long in the first round underlines my point. You always expect to get a good player in the first roundâideally someone who can be a meaningful contributor for a decadeâbut you don't always get to properly address your biggest need. It seems that the Redskins happen to have a need that lines up with the depth and strength of this draft classâor at least the top of it.
3. Give me your order of preference for the positions you want drafted in the first THREE rounds. I understand that the draft becomes this living, breathing thing that causes general managers -smart ones, at leastâto adjust their strategy on the fly. Let's assume for a moment that McLovin will be able to target his exact positional preferences in the first three rounds. Don't hit everyone with your exact players in each round. Instead, give me your priority at ONE of those positions. For example, I would suggest my top three priorities are DL, C, DB/S. The player I would most like to be able to prioritize here would be the center out of Alabama, Ryan Kelly. That will be a topic on this week's episode of The Audible, and we will definitely be reading your answers.
4. Given the shape of our defense, I would fully expect to see two of the first three picks burned on that side of the ball. After adding Brandon Scherff and Matt Jones with two of the first three picks in last year's draft, I would be extremely excited to see who McLovin brings in to bolster our defense. Everyone always says that defensive rookies generally have the best chance to make a difference on their teams in year one, and if we are able to bring in two starters in the first three rounds, imagine if they have the kind of impact Scherff and Jones had in their rookie seasons!
5. Here is a topic we started to address on The Audible a few weeks ago, and it is relevant again: what if Robert Griffin III goes to Dallas? Forget the fact that we probably shouldn't live in too much fear of a quarterback that we had the luxury of jettisoning. Forget the fact that the Cowboys have a very elite passer on their roster that we are told will be under center for the next four to five seasons (I'll take the under, please). The issue is how do we treat the rivalry aspect of this? Griffin would be one of the most high-profile Redskins to put on the star if that happened. Has he been a Redskin long enough for us to "wish him well as a Cowboy?" Has Griffin done enough in the burgundy and gold to warrant us ignoring the ramifications of this defection? Don't get me wrong, this league is a business and just about every fanbase has had to watch one of their favorite sons wear the colors of a rival at some point. Part of me wishes for the chance to root for him as a player in this league, but if he is in Dallas, that is out the window. Once again, I think Kirk Cousins is the answer to this problem. If he can continue his trend of improving and lead this team to the playoffs and into contention, we can all kind of silently deal with Dallas scheming to better utilize our former "franchise player" (quotes used because that continues to be a fight-to-the-death debate). This is just scratching the surface of the matter, to be frank. Some of you might dismiss the topic as one that we should have no problem moving on from, and that is a fair thought. I think this is deaf to the enormous psychological issues we have experienced as fans (please remember, I understand that we are talking about sports and not more serious matters). Every fanbase has its own makeup, and I think that if and when we see Griffin in a Dallas jersey, many of us will be forced to realize just how much of that makeup was/is tied up in RG3 over the last four years.
6. Last week, our show's alternate reality did the dirty deed of thinking through a world that never included the trade up for RG3. I was wondering if we could change gears this week and focus more on an individual game decision. For example, what if we never called back-to-back swinging gate plays? Be careful not to focus on just the terrible moments, like when Joe Gibbs called that second timeout against Buffalo. I believe we can all think to a specific game and identify a moment or decision that could have gone a completely different direction. I will take another one off the tableâwhat if we pulled Griffin out of that playoff game against Seattle sooner? Again, let's tread on some new dirt. I would be interested in chasing down the new path of the Redskins given your altered moment/decision. Be specific with the moment/decision, so Kevin Ricca and Tim Strachan can really beat each other up on the changed outcome(s).