Draft chatter: A pass rusher at pick 34 for the Redskins?

Draft chatter: A pass rusher at pick 34 for the Redskins?
April 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
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The Redskins have plenty of needs that they could address with their first pick in the draft, the 34th overall. However, they could decide to consider factors beyond immediate needs when they are on the clock with that pick.

One option they could have is to stock up at a position that is set for now but perhaps not for the longer term. Like, for instance, pass rusher. You can’t have too many of them, they say, and with Brian Orakpo working on a one-year franchise tag and Ryan Kerrigan under team control for two more years they might want to start grooming a replacement or two.

If the draft unfolds the way that the folks at CBS Sports believe it might, the Redskins could end up in a good spot to nab one. Jadaveon Clowney, of course, is at the head of the class along the defensive line. “The 2014 draft class, however, is short on prototypical-build defensive linemen but boasts several potential impact rushers like Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald, Missouri's Kony Ealy, Auburn's Dee Ford and Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence.”

They are thinking that these players could slide back to the end of the first round where they will be considered by playoff-caliber teams who are looking to add a pass rusher. But if they bypass one or two of them, they could end up being on the board when the Redskins are on the clock. It’s an option they would have to seriously consider.