Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8:15 a.m.Updated at 7:30 p.m.
By Rich Tandler
NFL Buzz Blog 04.26.11
Mayock's mock has Skins going CB
04.27.11 8:00 p.m.
Mike Mayock is probably my favorite TV draft analyst. He is very knowledgeable and he explains things very well.
So, when he does his one mock draft (the fact that he does just one is one reason why I like him) I pay attention.
He has the Redskins filling a need that isn't talked about very much. In Mayock's mock, the Redskins select Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara.
That pick will have many scratching their heads but the key factor that Mayock mentions is the fact that both Carlos Rogers and Phillip Buchanon will be free agents tomorrow or next week or whenever free agency starts. There are no ready replacements on the roster.
The Redskins could choose to go after a corner in free agency or they could take someone like Amukamara in the draft.
Shanahan: You need 'a lot of confidence' in players you draft
04.27.11 7:45 p.m.
I asked Mike Shanahan today if he was less confident when he was drafting a quarterback than he was with other positions given the high bust rate. Here's what he said:
Well, number one, you better have a lot of confidence in whoever youre drafting because you want them to be a part of your organization and team for a long time. I think there are probably more mistakes made on quarterbacks if you look through history. If its first, second, third round, all the way through the draft, everyone looks for something different in the quarterbacks and sometimes its a hard one to figure out.So, basically, yes. You can rest assured that if Shanny does pull the trigger on a quarterback high in the draft, he will believe that he can make a player out of him. He may end up being right or wrong but he won't take a QB just to take one.
Shanahan says it would be difficult for the Redskins to move up in the draft
04.27.11 2:20 p.m.
Mike Shanahan says that the Redskins have a game plan in place to move up or down in the NFL draft. He did say that moving up would be difficult given the fact that the Redskins do not have third- or fourth-round picks.
He said that a scenario where the team wants to move up but is unable to do so due to lack of assets is "very realistic."
Shanahn did mention trading down several times. Of course, the fact that he talked about it frequently could mean that he has no intention of doing that.
Unless, of course, that's what he wants everyone to think . . .
Bunting's three-round mock
04.27.11 1:05 p.m.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post, who has lent his expertise to us here at CSNwashington.com all of this draft season, has just posted his three-round final mock draft.
I'd tell you who he has the Redskins taking but that would deprive him of a well-earned click. I will say that most fans would approve of the outcome.
So and check out Wes' mock at the NFP.
Shanahan press conference at 1:30
04.27.11 12:45 p.m.
Redskins head coach and draft mastermind Mike Shanahan is holding the team's pre-draft press conference today in about 45 minutes.
We are not expecting any great revelations about the team's draft targets or about any potential deals that may be in the works. In fact, if he does offer anything concrete it would be wide to eliminate that option from consideration.
Ryan O'Halloran and I will be reporting from there. I'll update this blog shortly after the presser is over.
NFL.com mocks unanimous on Redskins' pick
04.27.11 9:00 a.m.
While many of us think that there still are endless possibilities for what the Redskins could do with the 10th pick in the draft, the talking heads on the NFL Network don't see much drama.
In their mock drafts, Steve Wyche, Pat Kirwan, Bucky Brooks, and Brian Baldinger all have the Redskins taking Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones at 10.
The mocks apparently allowed for no trades and there seems to be a growing possibility that the Redskins will move up or down from their current position.
Falcons possible trade partners with Redskins?
04.27.11 8:15 a.m.
According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the Atlanta Falcons are looking into a way to get one of the top two wide receivers in the NFL draft. That would mean that they have their eyes on A. J. Green or Julio Jones.
The Falcons currently sit at number 27 in the first round. Green is likely to be gone somewhere in the top five, possibly to the Bengals with the fourth pick. Such a move would require most if not all of Atlanta's picks in this draft and maybe some from next year.
If Jones is available when the Redskins are on the clock with the tenth pick, however, a deal could get done. If you go with the draft trade value chart, the Falcons could move up from 27 to ten for their second- and third-round picks and a second rounder in 2012.
That would leave the Redskins with two second-round picks and would replace their missing third-round pick. It also would build up their 2012 draft as they would have two seconds and two in the fourth (they have the Raiders' fourth from the Jason Campbell trade).
We don't know if the Redskins are interested in moving down that far or if the Falcons are willing to give up that much to move up. But that would certainly add some interest to the Friday night proceedings for Redskins fans as they currently have only one pick, the ninth selection of the second round.
CSNwashington.com will be bringing you full coverage of the NFL draft live from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Our coverage will feature Rich Tandler's Marathon Draft Chat, starting at 7:30 on Thursday and staying live for every pick of the draft.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins atwww.RealRedskins.com. You can reach Rich by email atRTandlerCSN@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.