In their latest edition of the First Draft podcast, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss the two teams -- the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks -- that don't have first-round picks and whether they'll be able to find what they need in the later rounds of next week's NFL draft. Here at the NFC East blog, we really don't care about the Seahawks, so you can kind of zone out if you like for the first five minutes of the podcast until they get to talking about the Redskins' secondary.
Once they do, though, Mel and Todd clearly agree that that's the area Washington needs to address and that they'll be able to find plenty of help at cornerback and safety in the second, third and maybe even the fourth rounds.
"We're loaded with cornerbacks who can contribute at least as No. 3 cornerbacks in this league, and I think the Redskins are going to take advantage of that," Todd says. "If you look at safety and cornerback, they're going to be able to find two good players that you normally would need to find in the first 60 picks."
Of course they throw out names. Mel mentions Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks and Boise State's Jamar Taylor among the cornerbacks who could be available once Washington starts picking, and he mentions Syracuse's Shamarko Thomas and South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger among the possibilities at safety.
Todd mentions Banks, as well as the other Mississippi State corner, Darius Slay, along with Blidi Wreh-Wilson of Connecticut when discussing cornerbacks. He also lists Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford, LSU's Tyrann Mathieu (the guy about whom everyone always asks), Rutgers' Logan Ryan and William & Mary's B.W. Webb among corners who could be available as late as the third and fourth rounds.
Ultimately, the point is a simple one: While the Redskins don't have a first-round pick as a result of last year's trade for quarterback Robert Griffin III, this draft should offer them the opportunity to address their most significant needs in the second and third rounds.