Point-Counterpoint: The Redskins draft

Point-Counterpoint: The Redskins draft
April 22, 2011, 9:48 am
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By Rich Tandler and Ryan OHalloran
CSNwashington.comThe NFL draft will start on Thursday and it will be a very important event for the future of the Redskins. With the labor situation creating a cloud over free agency, the draft could be the only means for the Redskins to improve their personnel.What will the Redskins do over the three days of the draft? Rich Tandler and Ryan OHalloran discuss the Redskins strategy in this weeks edition of Point-Counterpoint.Will the Redskins trade their first-round pick? If they do, will they trade up or down?Ryan OHalloran: I asked Redskins general manager Bruce Allen that very question last week. Its extremely tough for a team to move into the top 10 but also tough to move out of the top 10 and get fair value for the pick. Allen said movement in the top 12 picks is rare so I say the Redskins stay put unless they get a call that includes a teams 2012 first round pick.Rich Tandler: Since its lying season in the NFL, Ill take what Allen said as an indication that they are trying desperately to make a deal to move back. If Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones is there when the tenth pick comes up I believe that the Redskins will have some suitors for the pick. The move could be to trade with the Rams, who have the 14th pick, and pick up St. Louis third rounder in the process.Who will the Redskins take with their first pick?Tandler: Instead of reaching for a quarterback with the 10th pick, the Redskins will reach for one wherever they wind up in the first round after trading down. It just wont be as severe a reach. If they stay in the top 20 they should have their pick of the three who seem to be at the top of their boardJake Locker, Christian Ponder, and Andy Dalton. Of the three it appears that Locker has the most raw talent and although hes a boom-or-bust type of player Shanahan will bet the near-term future of the franchise that he can get the best out of Locker.OHalloran: Jim Haslett would obviously love to add a defensive lineman like North Carolinas Robert Quinn or a 3-4 outside linebacker, but the Redskins can help their defense by selecting the best play-maker on the board to help the roster. So, to paraphrase Roger Goodell, With the 10th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Julio Jones, receiver from Alabama.Who will be their second-round pick?OHalloran: I have to figure this is where the Redskins go quarterback. Reading between the lines from Allens comments last week, it doesnt appear that the team expects a rookie quarterback to play right away. The guy who intrigues me is Dalton, the TCU passer.Tandler: I think they have to go defense here, specifically front seven. Kendrick Ellis, nose tackle out of Hampton, may be a bit of a reach here but, as with quarterback, the demand for nose tackles outstrips the supply. Hell be the pick to fill the hole in the middle of the Redskins defense.What will be the Redskins biggest surprise move?Tandler: I have a couple of possibilities. One thing they might do is trade a pick next year for one this year. If they see someone on the board in the third round who they believe will be an exceptionally good value, they could well spend next years second to get that player in the system. Also, there is a good chance that they draft two quarterbacks. The early QB pick is a slam-dunk and they might want to get another one in the late rounds, someone like Tyrod Taylor of Virginia Tech or Greg McElroy of Alabama. Rex Grossman and John Beck wont be around in 2012 and they will need to start developing a backup.OHalloran: The Redskins biggest surprise move is that they wont do anything surprising. They should put a Hands Off sign on their satchel of 2012 picks aside from the extra mid-round selection they have courtesy of the Jason Campbell trade. They should go receiver-quarterback at the start and then go about re-stocking the 3-4 defensive cupboard.You can reach Ryan by email at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com and you can email Rich at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net.