NFL Draft mock 8.0: Protect RG3

NFL Draft mock 8.0: Protect RG3
April 9, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Maybe one day I'll create a personal logo. Until then, how about I simply focus on the latest CSNwashington 2014 mock draft. Click on through to see how the first two rounds unfold at this point in the process, but first...

*Actually, we're going a bit beyond the first two rounds. With the Redskins owning the second selection in the third round, might as well extend the mock out just a bit further to see what happens at 34 and 66. In addition, a third round projection for the Baltimore Ravens (79) and the Houston Texans, owners of the first pick in round three.

My strategy for the Redskins is one I discussed a few weeks back: Best available at a position of need. If Johnny Manziel slides to 34, perhaps trade down, but that's about it. Hopefully nobody thinks QB is a concern.

As for the actual needs, here's my ranking following the opening weeks of free agency plus potential round two/three options:

1) Offensive line: Specifically right tackle, but taking one of the top guards can work as well. Everything comes down to protecting the quarterback so he stays upright/healthy and has enough time to throw the ball.

*OT Morgan Moses (Virginia), OG David Yankey (Stanford), OT Jake Mewhort (Ohio State)

2) Inside linebacker: Washington added bodies, but the likes of Darryl Sharpton and Akeem Jordan feel more like stopgap types than long-term solutions. Alas, this draft isn't loaded with ILBs.

*Chris Borland (Wisconsin), Yawin Smallwood (Connecticut)

3) Corner: Not much here in the way of building blocks outside of 2013 second-round pick David Amerson's potential. Drafting a corner could also lead to moving DeAngelo Hall to safety sooner than later.

*Bradley Roby (Ohio State), Marcus Roberson (Florida), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska)

4) Safety: Assuming good health, addition of Ryan Clark and return of Brandon Meriweather provides Jim Haslett a viable tandem - for now.

*SS Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois), SS Deone Bucannon (Washington St.) FS Terrence Brooks (Florida St.)

5) Outside linebacker: Could use another pass rusher this season and possibly (likely?) need a Brian Orakpo replacement for 2015.

*Dee Ford (Auburn), Ryan Shazier (Ohio State), Carl Bradford (Arizona)

No longer high on the list: Defensive line (thanks, Jason Hatcher), wide receiver (thanks, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts)

Agree with the needs list? Do you have a different order or different position to target altogether? Let us know in the comments section.

Just one month to go...

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