Secondary should be primary for Redskins

January, 15, 2013
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The Washington Redskins' pick in the first round of this year's draft would be No. 22, but they don't get to use that pick, since they traded it to the Rams last year as part of the Robert Griffin III deal. Washington's first pick, barring a trade, will be late in the second round, something like the 51st overall pick in the draft. They have an extra fifth-round pick as a result of the Albert Haynesworth trade, so they still have seven total, but they're the only team without a first-round pick.

This of course makes forecasting the Redskins' draft considerably more difficult, since there's absolutely no way to know who'll be available 51 picks into the draft or whether Washington will indeed stay in that spot. But any mock draft, especially this far out, is an exercise in guesswork anyway, so we can discuss in general what they need to do.

The Redskins' top priority with their fist couple of picks needs to be the secondary. Yes, things got patched up as they went along in 2012, but cornerback and safety are Washington's two biggest areas of need. DeAngelo Hall looks likely to be a cap casualty, which means they'll need a new starting corner. And the safety position was obviously a mess with Brandon Meriweather injured and Tanard Jackson suspended all year. Even if they count on a Meriweather return, they need more help at safety.

You want names? WalterFootball has a four-round mock that gives the Redskins Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes in the second round, Georgia safety Baccari Rambo in the third and Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson in the fourth. Obviously no way to know what happens to these players' stock over he next three months or the extent to which the Redskins address these positions in free agency in the meantime. But the idea of locking in on safeties and corners with their first couple of picks is a good one for the Redskins. You can find good defensive backs in the second and third round. You generally can't find franchise quarterbacks there. This is why they made the deal and don't have a first-rounder this year or next year. Stay tuned on what they do, if anything, about replenishing that. But in the meantime, if you're thinking Redskins' draft, think secondary.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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