Mocking the mocks: Nose tackle...at six?

Mocking the mocks: Nose tackle...at six?
February 11, 2012, 11:26 am
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The Redskins need a quarterback. Duh. Whether they attempt to resolve the never-ending signal caller issue by using the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft in some capacity, we'll see. Some will suggest based on the projected draft board, selecting an offensive lineman, wide receiver or cover corner is the way to go. Quibble with preference or priority rank if you must, but mostwould agree these areas are indeed where the Redskins need help above all. On the flip side, if there is one area they need not focus - not in round one anyway - defensive line.This unit improvedgreatly last season withfree agentsBarry Cofield and Stephen Bowen and the addition injured 2011 rookie Jarvis Jenkinswill onlyadd to the solid core. Yet in his latest mock draft, Russ Lande from the Sporting Newshas the Redskins selecting...a nose tackle? 6. Washington Redskins: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington. The Redskins want to make an upgrade at quarterback, but they are not sold on Tannehill with a pick this high. So they grab Ta'amu, who at 6-3, 330 pounds can be a dominant interior force in their 3-4 scheme. Now, the selection of Ta'amu is curious if not baffling for two reasons: For starters, I am not aware ofanother crediblemock draft whereTa'amu is selected anywhere close to the sixth overall pick - let alone in the first round. ESPN's Mel Kiper does nothave Ta'amu in his most recent first round only mock. Neither does his colleague Todd McShay. Nor the National Football Post's Wes Bunting (that is as far as I got today with my Internet search, but in the process ofstudying for my own mock, Ta'amu's name never came up in the first round). Now, Lande's reputation as a draft evaluator is solid so in this case consider his take to be the outlier of the draft pundit class or a simplecase ofdiffering opinions. However... Positionally the choice makes zero sense for theRedskins. They signed Cofield to a multi-year deal last season and the ex-Giant produced a solid campaign while transitioninginto the nose tackle role. Sure, Cofield may never become a Vince Wilfork-esque pocket collapsing presence in the middle, but scuttling that plan after one season, not buying it. Not even a little.