LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Unlike last year, Mike Shanahan and company aren’t scouting elite, first-round talent at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Sure, the Redskins will have the same opportunity to talk to the likes of Luke Joeckel, Damontre Moore and Manti Te’o, but those players and 47 others will already be gone by the time Washington goes on the clock for the first time with the 21st pick in the second round (51 overall).
Historically, the lack of a top selection has not hurt the Redskins. In fact, between 1969 and 1990, Washington traded away all but four of their first-round picks.
Recently, they’ve found success with Fred Davis (48 overall) and Rob Jackson (242 overall) in 2008. A couple years earlier in 2006 they did well by selecting Reed Doughty (173 overall) and Kedric Golson (196 overall).
And then there’s Kirk Cousins who was taken in the fourth-round last year.
All he did was lead the Redskins into overtime where they completed a come from behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens after Robert Griffin III injured his knee late in the fourth quarter. In his first career start the following week, Cousins completed 26 of 37 passing attempts with a pair of touchdowns en route to a 38-21 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns on the road.
Couple that previous success with the Redskins needs at this year’s draft and Washington isn’t in that bad of a position. It has been said time and again the team is most in need of help in the secondary and at right tackle. The talent pool this year is deep enough at those positions that they should be able to fill some of their voids.
Currently, the Redskins have seven cracks at the big board.
Redskins 2013 NFL Draft (tentative)
Round 1 – No. 22 – 22 overall (Traded to St. Louis)
Round 2 – No. 21 – 51 overall
Round 3 – No. 32 – 85 overall
Round 4 – No. 22
Round 5 – No. 21
Round 5 – No. 29 (from New England)
Round 6 – No. 23
Round 7 – No. 22