Although the Redskins don’t possess a first round pick in this year’s draft (or next year’s, for that matter), it doesn’t mean us Washingtonians won’t be paying attention.
Because if anyone understands how a top pick can transform a franchise in a single season, it’s us, right? Ten days from now, 31 other teams will attempt to land their game-changer.
So while we wait for Commissioner Roger Goodell to step to the podium, let’s have a little fun with the possibilities, shall we?
Pick: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Comment: Andy Reid went out and got his quarterback when he traded for Alex Smith. Here’s Reid’s chance to get a cornerstone to buy Smith some time in the pocket.
Pick: OLB/DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
Comment: No team had fewer sacks that the Jag’s 20, which for comparison’s sake was 32 fewer than Denver’s league-leading total. Jordan should help fix that.
Pick: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
Comment: By trading for Matt Flynn, the Raiders probably have ruled out taking a quarterback this year. Floyd is the next best player and will make an immediate impact for a unit that allowed 27.7 points per (28th).
Pick: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
Comment: He’s mobile, has a powerful arm and seems to fit right in with Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense. Would have an ideal tutor in Michael Vick.
Pick: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Comment: Like Fisher, Joeckel possesses the potential to be a cornerstone player. He might not fall to fifth, but if he does, Matthew Stafford will feel a lot safer next season.
Pick: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
Comment: Considered the top available player at his position, the 6-0, 201-pound Milliner would start opposite Joe Haden and help shore up a pass defense that ranked 25th in yards allowed and 21st in touchdowns.
Pick: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
Comment: Widely tapped as the third best tackle on the board, Johnson would fill the Cards’ biggest need. If Fisher, Joeckel and Johnson are all gone, Alabama G Chance Warmack would be a good consolation prize.
Pick: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Comment: Since we’ve got the Eagles taking Smith, and USC’s Matt Barkley would be a reach, the next best signal caller is Nassib. Oh, and did we mention that Bills Coach Doug Marrone coached Nassib at Syracuse?
Pick: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
Comment: If the Jets can get past his reported heart condition, the 6-3, 311 pound nose tackle could complete one heck of a front three lining up between ends Quintin Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson. But will Lotulelei fall to them?
Pick: DE Ezekiel Ansah, Brigham Young
Comment: The Ghana native has only been playing football for a couple of years, so he’s extremely raw. But he’s widely projected as a top-10 pick and the Titans need an edge rusher.
Pick: OLB/DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Comment: If they can’t get Ansah, Mingo is arguably the next best pass rusher in the top-tier. Was the second fastest D-lineman at the combine (4.58 40-yard dash).
Pick: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
Comment: The O-line needy ‘Phins would be fortunate to have Warmack fall to them here. Only one problem: There’s a good chance he’ll already be wearing someone else’s hat.
Pick: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Comment: The Bucs are in the process of rebuilding their defensive secondary, and Rhodes would give them a solid building block to lineup alongside newly acquired safety Dashon Goldson. Washington's Desmond Trufant is also a fit here.
Pick: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
Comment: A strong inside pass rusher who displays a high-motor, the 6-4, 295 pound Richardson could help Carolina improve from a middle-of-the-pack defense to a solid one.
Pick: S Kenny Vacarro, Texas
Comment: In a draft deep with defensive backs, Vacarro stands out as the most complete safety. He can play free and strong safety and will no doubt help strengthen the NFL’s worst defense.
Pick: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Comment: Austin would be the perfect replacement for Danny Amendola, who signed as a free agent with the Patriots. If the speedster lasts until No. 16, that is.
Note: Selections 17-32 will be revealed Tuesday.