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? Nine 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: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Comment: Mike Wallace left Steeltown via free agency, leaving a big hole at wide out. Patterson eventually could become Big Ben’s new top target.
Pick: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Comment: Bolstering the O-line is a top priority for Jerry Jones, and without any cap space, drafting well is the only way to do it. Florida State tackle Menelik Watson could be an option, as well.
Pick: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
Comment: The Giants’ pick figures to be influenced greatly by what the Cowboys do. If Fluker is still available, he’d be a nice, versatile addition for an O-line that’s in need of an upgrade.
Pick: OLB/DE Alec Ogletree, Georgia
Comment: They signed D.J. Williams and James Anderson, but both got one-year deals. The versatile Ogletree could be a long-term solution.
Pick: S Eric Reid, LSU
Comment: Excellent in pass coverage, Reid, who was scheduled to visit the Bengals last week, will fill a need and could develop into a cornerstone player.
Pick: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
Comment: If Eric Reid goes to the Bengals, the Rams will turn to the corner with excellent bloodlines. Trufant is the younger brother of NFL corners Marcus and Isaiah Trufant.
Pick: LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Comment: With all the questions surrounding the girlfriend hoax, the Vikings have reportedly been doing their homework on Te’o. If the questions are answered sufficiently, he’ll slide immediately into the starting lineup.
Pick: DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Comment: Good size (6-3, 314) and good at getting to the quarterback, which is what Indianapolis needs after ranking 23rd in sacks.
Pick: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Comment: If medical concerns cause Jones to slip this far, the Vikings would be wise to snap him up. Potential elite rusher with a high compete level.
Pick: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Comment: When Greg Jennings bolted for Minnesota, an unexpected need popped up for the Pack. Tennessee’s Justin Hunter could be an option, too.
Pick: WR Robert Woods, USC
Comment: Depending on what order Hopkins and Hunter are taken, the wide receiver-needy Texans could end up with Woods. Caught 26 touchdowns past two seasons for the Trojans.
Pick: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
Comment: With Elvis Dumervil gone, the Broncos need a replacement. With some fine-tuning, Werner could eventually be that player. UCLA’s Datone Jones or Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore could be in play.
Pick: DE Margus Hunt, SMU
Comment: Depending on how the other ends shake out, Hunt could be an outstanding pick for the Pats. A former track and field athlete, the 6-8, 277-pound Hunt runs an eye-popping 4.6-second 40.
Pick: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Comment: Tony Gonzalez had to be talked into coming back for another year. If Eifert drops this far, it would be a perfect handoff. If Eifert is gone, Stanford’s Zach Ertz could be the answer.
Pick: S John Cyprien, Florida International
Comment: With Dashon Goldson now in Tampa, it’s time for the 49ers to reload on the back end. Cyprien and Florida’s Matt Elam are widely regarded as the being among the top safeties available.
Pick: S Matt Elam, Florida
Comment: With Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard no longer on the roster, Elam could be a fit. He’s also a Ravens’ type player – which is to say he enjoys making big hits.