Even though Mother Nature can't figure which season we're in, nothing says spring like the latest CSNwashington 2014 mock draft. Here's how we see the first two rounds at this point, but first...
* Consider version 6.0 as something of an experiment, one involving the slide of the quarterbacks. Arguably four of the teams with a top-5 pick should be thinking about adding a new signal caller. That is why previous versions have some combination of Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater flying off the board.
So what happens if they don't? At best, the collective interest from teams appears to be lukewarm or all are really going hard with their poker faces. Based on pure talent, others like defensive end Jadaveon Clowney and wide receiver Sammy Watkins trump the passers.
Therefore, with this mock I purposely played out a scenario where only one QB goes among the top five picks. After that, Minnesota (8) and Tennessee (11) could be in the market. From there, who knows how far any of the top three would fall. We're not projecting trades, here, but those teams that rolled the draft selection dice and waited probably would jump into the back half of the first round to get their guy or risk a snake eyes when others make a bold move.
(Um, Ben, what does any of this have to do with the Redskins at No. 34? It's not as if they're taking a QB, right. Right?!?!)
No worries, not extra arms for a QB competition beyond the two second-year options already here (That's a joke, people). However, the overall board takes a turn because of those earlier changes. That doesn't mean bad news for the Redskins. In fact, our own Rich Tandler might dunk a football over the goal post regardless of the penalty if the draft unfolds in this manner for Washington.
*One hint for the Redskins pick: It's not a wide receiver, even though I put 11 into the first two rounds including Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at No. 32.
*New teams for Manziel, TE Eric Ebron, ILB C.J. Mosley and OT Morgan Moses, new positions in round one for the Giants, Steelers and Falcons among others.