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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Mosley's Mini Mailbag

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Big Brian B. from Gainesville, Va. writes: Matt! How's life treating you? Just grinding it out in my 9-5 cube. Either way, I'm a 'Skins fan desperate for some good news. So tell me, do you have a good read on who the 'Skins are expected to cut? Hook a brother (or just me) up!

Mosley: Brian, when he's not on the radio, your personnel chief Vinny Cerrato has been burning the midnight oil. The Redskins didn't have much to show from their three second-round picks last April. They have faith that those guys will eventually come around, but right now, they're all feeling a lot of pressure. That's what happens when an organization lays about 40 people off.

The Redskins have to focus on their offensive and defensive lines. I talked to at least one man at Redskins Park who has watched a ton of film on Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher. When Chris Samuels went down with a season-ending injury, the team's running game virtually disappeared. You have to create some more depth on the offensive line. On defense, you can't afford to go into '09 with aging pass rushers. The Jason Taylor trade turned out to be a bust. There's no way you bring him back. I think the Redskins are spending a ton of time identifying the top pass rushers in the draft right now. Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo is a guy the Redskins really like. I'm also hearing that Penn State OLB/DE Aaron Maybin is someone the Redskins have spent a ton of time on.


Adam wrote to ask: Assuming the Giants end up getting rid of Plax, where do they go from there? Do they draft a receiver at the end of the first round or go after one of the big available veterans (Boldin, TJ)?

Mosley: I think there's a great chance they go ahead and move on without Burress. For starters, the guy could end up in jail. GM Jerry Reese has been very up front about the fact that the club is operating as if it won't have Plaxico Burress. I think there's some definite interest in Anquan Boldin, but it would surprise me if Reese was willing to part with the picks that Arizona will be asking for. I think it's more likely the Giants could go after North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks or Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey. If you're asking me who's more like Burress, it would be Nicks.

OK, I've read through hundreds of your questions. Over the next few days, you'll be reading my answers on the NFC Beast. Thanks for your overwhelming response.