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Best/Worst Case Scenarios for Redskins’ First Round Pick in NFL Draft

Tonight is the night that we find out what the Skins will do with their 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft. There are countless ways they can screw this up, but hey, there’s always a chance they’ll do something productive with their first pick! Just look at the last two years, right? Those weren’t so bad! So, briefly, a look at the best and worst case scenarios for tonight’s festivites.

ABSOLUTE WORST CASE: The Skins trade up to select Blaine Gabbert. There’s been talk that they could move to No. 4 to get Gabbert. This would involve losing picks, which is why the Skins would be extra interested.

REALISTIC WORST CASE: They stay at 10 and pick either Jake Locker or Julio Jones.

ABSOLUTE BEST CASE: They trade back, get more picks and use them to fill needs on both sides of the line.

REALISTIC BEST CASE: They stay at 10 and pick the best available lineman. There are a lot of them.

With 10 minutes between picks, we should know who the newest Redskin is sometime around 9:45 tonight. Try your best to keep your mind occupied with happy thoughts until then.

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  1. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Why is Julio Jones a bad pick?

  2. Baxter

    April 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Whats wrong with Julio Jones again? Hes a beast and fills a need. Don’t see that as being a worst case scenario

  3. matt

    April 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    julio jones fills a glaring need, i would rather a lineman too, but he is not a “realistic worst case.”

  4. Chris Mottram

    April 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Taking a WR at No. 10 when you have much bigger needs on the line is why Jones is an awful pick. We can get skill position players in later rounds. Let us not forget lessons learned from Westbrook and Howard.

  5. scott

    April 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Would you rather have Julio Jones or a trade down for a QB like Ponder + filling one need?

  6. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Yes glaring need on the O-line but Julio is no Westbrook. Well, I don’t think he is. But yeah, I do not want to see Heyer ever on the field for us again.

  7. Some Redskins Fan

    April 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    I’d rather have Locker than Gabbert, even if Gabbert falls to 10. But we definitely shouldn’t draft a QB first.

  8. Chris Mottram

    April 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    I actually do like Locker more than Gabbert, as well. But like you said, I don’t want either at 10.

  9. Brendan

    April 28, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    This draft is pretty deep at d-linemen, while I agree that if the Skins stay at 10 Jordan has to be the pick. If they can trade back to 14, I’d take Locker there, and than pick up a slipping Paea or Heyward w/ the 41st.

  10. alvinwalton40

    April 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    “We can get skill position players in later rounds.”

    Well, if you mean 3rd or 4th rounds then the Skins are S-O-L because they don’t have any picks in either of these rounds (again).

    How many #1 receivers have been drafted in the 5th, 6th or 7th rounds?

  11. Chris Mottram

    April 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Well, really, I don’t care if they draft zero WRs.

  12. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Chris, how about a liveblog/chat for the draft? Will help give us an outlet for the anger that is sure to come.

  13. Kev29

    April 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    “there’s always a chance they’ll do something productive with their first pick!”

    Kind of surprised me when I looked at past drafts, but the Redskins first selections in first rounds have actually not been too terrible over the last ten years.

    2010 – Trent Williams
    2009 – Brian Orakpo
    2008 – (pick traded)
    2007 – LaRon Landry
    2006 – (pick traded)
    2005 – Carlos Rogers
    2004 – Sean Taylor
    2003 – (pick traded)
    2002 – (pick traded/Patrick Ramsey at 32)
    2001 – Rod Gardner

    That’s only two duds – and they were 9/10 years ago. It’s not necessarily who they pick, it’s who they don’t get to pick because of moronic trades.

  14. pearlbullets

    April 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I hope the Skins draft a center with the 1st round pick or 41st pick. That should eliminate the Casey Rabach getting pushed back and stepping on the quarterback’s foot play.

  15. Kev29

    April 28, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    “How many #1 receivers have been drafted in the 5th, 6th or 7th rounds?”

    Marques Colston was the 252nd pick
    Patrick Crayton – 7th round
    T. J. Houshmandzadeh – 7th round
    David Tyree – 6th round

    Otherwise, pretty slim pickens

  16. Tim of the Tribe

    April 28, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    @Kev only 1 of those guys, Colston, is a legit #1.

    I also can’t believe that no one has mentioned the biggest benefit of drafting Julio Jones: getting to blast ‘Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard’ every time he catches a TD

  17. Puttz

    April 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Best case: trade back and get a OL, DL or OLB plus more picks. Parley on of those picks plus #41 to move in position late 1st to get Locker.

    Julio Jones does nothing for us without a OL and QB. See Larry Fitzgerald and the Cards this season.

  18. peteywheatstraw

    April 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    I agree. We could have a ten foot tall, three hundred pound olympic sprinter out there and it will get us nowhere without OL. We could have Peyton Manning too and it wouldn’t mean anything with our current OL.

  19. Mike Bradley

    April 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I will not speak ill of Westbrook for fear that he will find me and beat my ass.

    Best case or hope is they trade with New England to move down and get a mid rounder as well. Picks are worth more than players at this point in time with the organization.

  20. Mike Bradley

    April 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    oh and Locker looks too much like Ryan Seacrest, so no on him.

  21. Christopher

    April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Draft Julio Jones? That does not make and sense what so ever. We just drafted Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas a couple of…….er…..nevermind

  22. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Well, someone else made a dumb pick for Julio Jones.

  23. Donk Donkerson

    April 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Locker to the Titans….hmmmm

  24. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    And now someone made bad pick for Locker.


  25. Donk Donkerson

    April 28, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Titans fantasy name…the hurt locker.

  26. Donk Donkerson

    April 28, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Oh fuck. Are we gonna pick Gabbert?

  27. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    I will boo. This is gonna hurt.

  28. Donk Donkerson

    April 28, 2011 at 8:55 PM


  29. Mike Bradley

    April 28, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    i say they are going to take dequann bowers

  30. Donk Donkerson

    April 28, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    I wanted me some Tyron.

  31. Donk Donkerson

    April 28, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    No no no…..big lineman. No QB’s with Jcrew haircuts.

  32. Jules

    April 28, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    So glad they traded back. Now let’s what we got.

  33. Jules

    April 28, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Ok now who will they take with #16?

  34. Ben

    April 28, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    They actually did it!

  35. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    YES! This trade is tangible proof Vinny is gone!

  36. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Well that still sucked somehow.

  37. Jules

    April 28, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    I’m fine with it.

  38. JDP

    April 28, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Yeah, was just hoping for Prince. But in retrospect that is a good pick. Big DE with speed takes pressure off of Orakpo and hopefully give us a pass rush. Good pick. And his name is not Blaine

  39. Kev29

    April 28, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Kerrigan is a rock solid pick. Maybe the Nevada QB is there at 41 then best available lineman.

  40. pearlbullets

    April 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Another defensive player the Redskins are asking to play a different position.

  41. Christophe

    April 28, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    You do realize not many college teams have a 3-4 defense right? You are going to have to convert players to run this d.

  42. ThisGuy

    April 29, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Great pick. Kerrigan was a fucking monster in the Big 10. Worst case scenario he’s a solid starter for years to come and makes Orakpo better. Best case scenario he becomes a Pro Bowler in his own right.

  43. BDK

    April 29, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    College overachiever asked to play a new position? We could have made a safer pick. I like that we added another pick though.

  44. pearlbullets

    April 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Cam Jordan was available and I believe he played in a 3-4 system with the Cal Bears.

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