Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ideally, the Skins Would Want a CB, QB and WR Available at #10......

.....if they want to trade back.
Think about it for a second. This class is deep in DE talent (either 4-3 or 3-4 variety) same with DT and 3-4 OLBs (ie. converted DEs to become OLBs in a 3-4). At #10 there is not much quality at the 4-3 OLB, ILB. S, TE positions. Most of the OL talent wouldn't be considered worth taking at #10. Also, the RB position (while important) has been devalued over the years as teams have become more "run by committee" instead of having one elite back.

So eliminate all of those positions as areas where teams may be willing to move up to grab a player (only exception to this thought may be if a team really likes 1 specific player moreso than his position and has to have that player). At #10 there are three positions with available players at the elite level are limited in number and some of them might be there. Of course, the Redskins could use many of these players but right now the Skins need fresh talent to fill many holes on the roster and the general consensus of most of the fan  base is that the Redskins would be better of with quantity over the quality of 1 very talented player.

If the Skins wish to trade back and grab extra picks, they may want to have one (or more) of the following players fall to #10.

1. Cornerback. There are a great number of teams that could use a starting corner after the Skins pick at #10. Houston is just the first and they are just behind the Skins at #11. If Prince Amukamara is still on the board when the Skins pick, expect their phones to light up for some possible trades trying to trump a team that may be ahead of them (in particular, keep an eye on Detroit who picks at #13).

2. Wide Receiver. Could we use Julio Jones? You bet. Skins really need a #1 WR but if the Skins could get some  2nd-4th round picks to move back a few spots it would be worth it. There are a few teams that could use a #1 WR and may be interested in moving up to grab one of only two elite WR prospects in the draft. Same argument could be made for A.J. Green.

3. Quarterback. I'm not fully buying Mike Mayock's assumption that there could be as many as three QBs going in the top 15. Yes, 7 of the top 10 could use a QB and a few teams behind them could as well. That said, do teams pull the trigger on Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton as early as #7 or #8? I don't think so. However, let's say something crazy like Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert falls to 10. It's not likely and I still think Gabbert will be taken no later than #5 and Newton #4 overall. It is possible. If one of those two do fall, maybe the Skins trade out with a team like the Vikings or the Dolphins- grab a few picks in the process and then grab a quarterback they thought they would get in the first place.

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