Without a pick, 'Skins fare well

Without a pick, 'Skins fare well
April 26, 2013, 12:00 am
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Earlier on Thursday, we gave you ‘A Redskins fan’s guide to the first round.’ Now that it’s over, let’s take a look at how things unfolded and what it all could mean for Washington: 

1-As expected, the Redskins did not trade up into the first round. And judging from what Coach Mike Shanahan told reporters in Wednesday’s pre-draft news conference, there never was much chance that it would happen. Simply put, the price would have been too steep.

The question now is what will the Redskins do at No. 51? And that, Shanahan acknowledged earlier this week, will largely depend on what happens with picks 33-50.

“You get a game plan and if a certain player is there at that time, you are going to take him,” Shanahan said. “If not, you trade back, sometimes you try to go forward. A lot depends on how it all falls in place. You never know. So you have to be ready for different types of scenarios.”

2-For obvious reasons, the Redskins kept a close eye on the defensive backs. And, after 32 picks, they found themselves in a good place.

Three safeties – Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Matt Elam – went in the first round. Some draft analysts also had Florida International’s John Cyprien going in the top 32.

Meantime, four cornerbacks – Dee Milliner, D.J. Hayden, Desmond Trufant and Xavier Rhodes – came off the board. Could have been five or six.

In a draft noted for its deep pool of DBs, that’s all good news for Shanahan and Co.

3-The Eagles – the only NFC East team to pick in the top 19 – chose Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson with the fourth overall selection.

As good as Johnson is, this was also a positive development for the Redskins - at least in the short term. Johnson won’t sack Robert Griffin III, he won’t score a touchdown against the Redskins and probably won’t make a huge impact in 2013.

4-The No. 22 selection would have belonged to the Redskins but they, of course, dealt that pick to the Rams in the package that brought Griffin to Washington. St. Louis, as it turned out, didn’t use the pick, either.

The Rams dealt the pick to Atlanta in exchange for the 30th, 92nd and 198th selections in this year’s draft. The Falcons then turned around and drafted cornerback Desmond Trufant.

5-Shanahan and his staff also kept a keen eye on players they had rated as first rounders but ended up slipping.

A year ago, Kirk Cousins was one of those players.

Will Shanahan produce another surprise on Friday or Saturday? It's certainly possible.