Word on the Street (PM):NFL Draft Countdown

Word on the Street (PM):NFL Draft Countdown
April 28, 2011, 12:33 pm
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Thursday, April 28, 2011, 7:37 a.m.Updated 4:17 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comGetting your Fix of Redskins draft talkESPN 980's Chris Russell was on the radio more than the ubiquitous weather and traffic reports, talking all day about all things Redskins and NFL draft. One of his stops was on the Sports Fix with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro. Russell reallybelieves the team wants to trade down (well, them and about half the league) and preaches to the choir when he states he sees little value in moving for a QB. In the first defense is the call - or a trade down - so he says, to the pointhe'd bet his house on it.As for needs, Russell says pass rusherOLB is number one, followed by defensive end, offensive line and then quarterback. (Seems like DL more important than linebacker, right?). Missouri's DEOLB Aldon Smith is his call to fill that top need.Sheehan is resigned to the Redskins staying put as is one of the many predicting UNC's pass rusher Robert Quinn will get the nod at No. 10NBA Lockout looming?The NFL labor situation may last for a while even though all the franchises are thought to be largely financially healthy. That's not so in the NBA, which is why a lockout is essentially a foregone conclusion, though Wizards forward Mo Evans remains hopeful.(Washington Post)God's Gift to the Big EastNext season when Georgetown faces St. John's, not only will the Hoyas have to deal with Steve Lavin's competitive squad, but perhaps some divine intervention. That's because the Red Storm added JUCO transfer - yes, this is his name - God's Gift Achiuwa to their roster. (CBS - NY)Morning Report - Thursday, 7:37 a.mRedskins RoundupEveryone is weighing in on what the Redskins should do with the 10th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, which kicks off tonight. Let's start with a synopsis of their needs, likely options, pro's and con's of each and then some. (Washington Examiner)This take says Alabama receiver Julio Jones or drop, drop, drop. (Washington Post)But if you're in a defensive frame of mind with that first pick, this is the column for you. (Washington Examiner)If Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller doesn't get drafted by the Cowboys, he's pulling for the Redskins to land him . Why? So he can "beat up on" them. (SBNation DC)Finally, the final NFL mock draftsTaking a whip aroundthe draft's chattering class reveals most pundits and writers have a defensive feel when it comes to the Redskinsfirst round selection...The most biting line from the links below about how the Redskins have been conducting theirpersonnel matters -perhaps draft or otherwise -comes from a "rival GM" who said the following to Sports Illustrated's Don Banks:"When you figure the Redskins out, give me a call and let me know what they're trying to accomplish with their roster.'' Ouch...Mel Kiper Jr, ESPNInsider: Robert Quinn, DEOLB, North CarolinaMike Mayock,NFL.com: Prince Amukamara, CB, NebraskaDon Banks, Sports Illustrated: Robert QuinnChad Reuter, CBSSports.com (two rounds): Julio Jones, WR, Alabama; Colin Kaepernick, QB, NevadaNational Football Post: Cameron Jordan, DE, CaliforniaEvan Silva, Rotoworld (two rounds): Jake Locker, QB, Washington; Torrey Smith, WR, MarylandOther picking Quinn include the Atlanta Journal Constitutionand the Newark Star-Ledger.Last - but personally speaking, hopefully not least - my final mock (soon to be released on FFToolbox.com) will have the Redskins selecting Jordan, followed by Kaepernick.Rested or RustyThat's what the Capitals will find out when they finally get back on the ice Friday against the Lightning. (Washington Post)The DMV in the NBA, playoffs that isOn a San Antonio team with Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, it was former Towson star Gary Neal delivering the Spurs' biggest shot. (NBA.com)"You can't stop that. Only God can stop that." - Charles Barkley on PG County's own Kevin Durant after the Oklahoma City Thunder stardropped 41 points in the series clinching win over Denver Wednesday night. (NewsOK)Breakfast BuffetAnd the cover boy for the Madden 2012 video game is...not Michael Vick. (Pro Football Talk)As for the actual coverage of tonight's draft, read on. (Washington Examiner)Those left in the cult of Colt (Brennan) have a new team to follow. (Hartford Courant)