Redskins-NFL draft FAQ's

Redskins-NFL draft FAQ's
April 23, 2012, 10:41 am
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Frequently asked questions about the 2012 NFL draft and what the Redskins might do during during the draft.When and where will it take place?The three-day extravaganza gets underway with the first round on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. The second and third rounds are on Friday starting at 6:00 p.m. and rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday starting at noon. It will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York and will be televised by both ESPN and the NFL Network.What picks do the Redskins have?They have the second overall pick due to their trade with the Rams. After that, they have their own pick in the third (69th overall), fourth (102), fifth (141), and seventh (213). They traded away their second-round pick in the deal to move up and their sixth-rounder went for Arizona for Tim Hightower. Washington also has the Raiders fourth-round pick (109), obtained for Jason Campbell, and the Vikings sixth (173) from the Donovan McNabb deal. So they have picks in rounds 1, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, and 7, a total of seven picks.Wait, didnt they get a pick for Albert Haynesworth?That fifth-round pick from the Patriots comes in the 2013 draft.How certain is it that the Redskins will draft RG3?Well, the Colts havent signed Andrew Luck to a contract yet and they havent made an announcement but there is little reasonable doubt that they will tab the Stanford quarterback with the top pick. That means that at about 8:30 on Thursday Robert Griffin III will be walking across the stage, giving Roger Goodell the bro hug, and holding up the No. 1 Redskins jersey. Any other outcome is so unlikely as to not be worth discussing.What other positions will the Redskins target?From the third round on, they will be looking for the best available players at almost any position. It seems that outside linebacker and defensive line are the only positions where Washington would not take a player and even then they might if the player represents a great value. Offensive tackle is one of the highest areas of need; unfortunately, most draft analysts say that it is one of the weakest positions in this draft. The Redskins also have needs at cornerback and the pool at that position is quite deep.Could the Redskins get more picks?Sure they could. Last year they went into the draft with eight picks with none in the third or fourth rounds and ended up with 12 selections with at least one in every round. The difference this time is that they dont have the resources they did last time. In 2011 they traded back from the 10th pick in the draft, picking up an extra second-rounder in the process. They then parlayed that second into additional picks throughout the draft. This year, their first is spoken for and they dont have a second. Perhaps they could deal for some additional selections but it unlikely that we will see wheeling and dealing on the scale we saw last year.Where are you going to be during all of this?OK, thats not a frequently asked question but Ill sneak it in here anyway. On Tuesday Ill be a part of a draft special that were broadcasting online at CSNwashington.com. Mike Shanahan has his pre-draft press conference at 1:00 on Wednesday and then its off to New York. Ill be at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night and then its back on the train for RG3s introductory press conference at Redskins Park on Friday afternoon. Draft coverage on Friday night and Saturday will come from Redskins Park.Days until: NFL draft 3; First OTA 28; Minicamp, 49; Preseason opener @Bills 108; Regular season opener @Saints 139.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.