Silva on Redskins/NFL Draft: Flexible plan for 34

Silva on Redskins/NFL Draft: Flexible plan for 34
March 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Part two of my Q&A with Rotoworld's Evan Silva delves into the NFL Draft including the Redskins at 34, Johnny Manziel and the most overrated/underrated prospects. If you missed part one, we talked about the Redskins' moves to date in free agency

* CSN: The Redskins first selection is No. 34 overall. In various early mocks I’ve had them taking guys like SS Jimmie Ward, G David Yankey, T Morgan Moses, DE Stephon Tuitt. Do you have a position or player preference?

Silva: I don't think the Redskins' roster is talented enough right now to veer from a best-available-player strategy, particularly at the No. 34 pick. Beyond quarterback, running back, and left tackle, I think Washington could afford to add good football players at every position. I'm going to refrain from discussing safeties and guards because we're still six weeks away from the draft and I haven't seen a lot of these guys play yet. But I think the Redskins are not in a position where they should be veering from their draft board to target certain positions. They need more talent in the building.

(Essentially falls in line with a stance I took earlier in the mock draft process about the Redskins not obsessing over any one position of need)

* CSN: Even though the Redskins are not in the market for a quarterback (fingers crossed), so much attention is geared around the top three prospects, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and of course, Johnny Manziel. How do you rank them and if Johnny Football isn’t first, why do you hate Johnny Football?

Silva: I rank them Teddy Bridgewater > Johnny Manziel > Blake Bortles. I hate Johnny Manziel because I'm jealous of him.

* CSN: Most overrated player currently mocked by many in the first or second round? Most underrated prospect? 

Silva: I've focused on watching offensive skill position players to this point, so that's the area in which I can have strong opinions. I couldn't in good faith sit here and tell you some guard from Wyoming is being "mocked" too high. The player I believe is most overrated in the draft community is Washington running back Bishop Sankey. He had great Combine numbers, but they don't translate to the field. I think the most underrated prospect is Towson running back Terrance West. West is built like a MACK truck with low-4.5 long speed and a jaw-dropping open-field jump cut. I think West has a chance to be the best running back to emerge from this draft class. 

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