Now that the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books, we have a chance to establish a suggested draft board for the Washington Redskins.
Just in case Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden are Bleacher Report readers, here's what we're thinking the 'Skins should be thinking with that No. 34 overall pick.
|Washington Redskins: Suggested post-combine draft board|
|Kelvin Benjamin||WR||Florida State|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||FS||Alabama|
|Brandin Cooks||WR||Oregon State|
|Allen Robinson||WR||Penn State|
|Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State|
|Brad Gagnon/Bleacher Report|
-- Clearly, I believe the Redskins should be thinking long and hard about getting Robert Griffin III more receiver help. Kelvin Benjamin is likely to be long gone when they pick, but he’d be the ideal athlete to line up opposite Pierre Garcon. Big, strong, fast, high upside. If he falls into the late part of the first round, Washington should do everything in its power to trade up to grab him.
-- We’ve grouped Benjamin with three other prospects who aren’t “supposed” to fall into Round 2, but right now the ‘Skins would be crazy to pass on any of them. C.J. Mosley is probably the best all-around linebacker in the draft and could replace London Fletcher immediately.
-- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor are expected to go off the board about 10-15 spots ahead of the Redskins’ pick, but safety is their biggest area of need. Either would be a dream come true, as they can start right away. The problem is that they drafted two safeties a year ago, so it’d be crazy to trade up for another. Oh, and if Clinton-Dix and Pryor are gone, there aren’t any safeties worth taking early in Round 2.
-- Beyond that, we’ve listed four consecutive receivers, all of whom would complement Garcon nicely. This is a deep draft at the position, especially in the top two rounds, so it’d be surprising if the ‘Skins didn’t take a wideout 34th overall. One of those four should be available. Allen Robinson is listed last because his stock seems to be a little lower, but at 6’4”, he’d bring a totally new feel to that short receiving corps. I don’t think they could go wrong with any of those selections.
-- In case it’s a receiver-heavy first round and the ‘Skins fail to trade up, there are two fallback options. Darqueze Dennard is a strong cover corner and could be ready to start from the get-go alongside DeAngelo Hall. If all of those receivers are picked and Justin Gilbert gets preferential treatment at that position, he could tumble all the way to Washington. But worst case, they take David Yankey, who has the size and power to immediately transform that wimpy interior offensive line.