Mike Shanahan is very familiar with the No. 51 pick in the NFL draft. The team was a spectator for Thursday’s first round, so 51 holds a bit more importance than usual.
Fresno State’s 6-foot, 208-pound Phillip Thomas and Georgia Southern’s 6-foot, 213-pound J.J. Wilcox seem to fit the bill as Redskins draft prospects tonight.
The Cowboys took center Travis Frederick of Wisconsin with the 31st selection after trading down 13 spots in a deal with San Francisco, picking a versatile lineman that coach Jason Garrett thinks could also be a guard after playing that spot earlier in his college career.
More than 2½ tons of linemen, five trades, one quarterback and no Manti Te’o.
Short on glam, slim on glitter, the NFL draft was still nothing less than a rock solid B-plus. As in Big, as in Brawn, as in Bulk, as in Beefy.
The Kansas City Chiefs took offensive tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan to begin the NFL draft Thursday night, then Jacksonville went for Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel.
Of the record 73 underclassmen in this year’s NFL draft, nearly two dozen have been projected by at least one analyst as having a chance to go in the first round.
Around this time last year Washington Redskins fans were buzzing about the impending arrival of a quarterback and franchise savior. Don’t expect an encore at this year’s draft.
When the Redskins had a first-round pick during the past decade, they struck gold. When they had to wait until the second round of the draft to add a player, as is the case this week, the results weren’t nearly as golden.
Whether fairly or unfairly, speculation into Manti Te’o’s sexual orientation has followed him into the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. And what may seem like a discriminating question in most offices will probably get asked by NFL GMs during player interviews.