A look at the Redskins' draft needs

A look at the Redskins' draft needs
April 25, 2011, 5:27 pm
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By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger
CSNwashington.com The Redskins have a number of needs going into the NFL draft. In fact, they have more holes to be filled than they will be able to plug in this draft. The rest will have to wait for future drafts and, if the NFL labor situation permits, free agency.But some needs are more urgent than others. Heres a quick look at what positions the Redskins will be looking for and when they might be selecting them.An offensive playmakerThe Redskins need someone who is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. These premium players usually come from premium draft picks. Possibilities in the first two rounds are wide receivers Julio Jones of Alabama and Torrey Smith of Maryland and running back Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech.A quarterbackWith Donovan McNabb likely on his way out of town and alternatives Rex Grossman and John Beck not moving the excitement or productivity needles much, the Redskins need a new quarterback. Possibilities early in the draft are Jake Locker of Washington, Christian Ponder of Florida State, and Andy Dalton of TCU. The question seems to be not if the Redskins will take a signal caller but when.A defensive playmakerFor the Redskins, this means a pass rusher, someone who can help them improve on their anemic total of 29 sacks in 2010. Possibilities in the first round are Robert Quinn, a defensive end at North Carolina who would be converted to an outside linebacker in the Redskins 3-4 defense, and Cam Jordan, who was a 3-4 end at Cal.Running back depthRyan Torain was effective as the starting running back last year but his history of injuries dictates that the team must have a solid backup plan. Mike Shanahan has a history of being able to find productive runners late in the draft, so look for the Redskins to add one or maybe two later in the draft.Offensive lineThey could try to bolster the interior of the line by taking someone like Florida State guardcenter Rodney Hudson in the second round. Otherwise, look for them to take one or two linemen to develop late in the draft.\CSNwashington.com will be bringing you full coverage of the NFL draft live from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Our coverage will feature Rich Tandler's Marathon Draft Chat, starting at 7:30 on Thursday and staying live for every pick of the draft.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach Rich by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler. Special thanks to Wes Bunting of the National Football Post for his assistance.