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Seven players whom Redskins fans should watch in the 2012 Draft

It’s never been a secret that the Redskins will be selecting Robert Griffin III from Baylor University this evening, with the second overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Yet, while all you’ve heard about for the past four-plus weeks has been about “RG3”, let’s not forget that the Redskins do still have six other picks after the first round:

– 3rd rd (6th)
– 4th rd (7th)
– 4th rd (14th — acquired from Oakland in the Jason Campbell trade)
– 5th rd (6th)
– 6th rd (3rd — acquired from Minnesota in the Dononvan McNabb trade)
– 7th rd (6th)

With that in mind, here are seven players whom, if you’re a Redskins fan, you should “keep an eye out” for after the first round. All of these guys play positions that constitute some level of “need” for the Redskins, and would be great fits based on the team’s schematics.

In no particular order:

Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State

A cerebral, hard-working, high football IQ tackle with near prototype size for a right tackle, excellent footwork and lateral movement despite his massive frame. He could easily take over the team’s starting right tackle spot if developed properly.

Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma

Had some of the very best athletic measurables of any any offensive lineman at the scouting combine, demonstrating the foot speed, lateral agility, and balance that the Redskins look for in their zone blocking scheme.

Mychal Kendricks, LB, California

One of the best inside linebackers in this draft. Kendricks shows very good football instincts. He’s very athletic with solid speed, is great in pursuit of ball carrier and also very good in zone coverage. He would make a great apprentice & heir-apparent to London Fletcher, while also pushing Perry Riley for playing time.

Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State

Considered a major sleeper in this draft, Turbin’s draft stock dropped due to injuries in college. He’s a bulkier back that hits top speed surprisingly quickly and would thrive in a zone blocking scheme. He’s also a high character guy who well liked and respected by his teammates and coaching staff while at Utah State

David Molk, C, Michigan

Another guy who battled injury problems at Michigan, but would’ve been a “Day 2” pick if healthy. He’d be a great fit in the zone blocking scheme with solid lateral mobility, first-step quickness, and deceptive strength. Molk has shown great football intelligence, making this team’s line calls while at Michigan.

Phillip Thomas, S, Syracuse

An instinctive playmaker that would be a great fit at Free Safety. Thomas some of the best instincts, recognition, and overall football IQ of any safety in this class, shows a great ability to read a quarterback & routes and make the best decisions. The two biggest knocks on him are character concerns (suspended for the final two games of the 2011 season for violation of athletic department policy) and is a bit undersized.

James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma

Hanna was the fastest TE at the 2012 NFL combine. He has solid hands and demonstrates big play ability. Has a nice feel for attacking “soft spots” against zone coverage. He could be a nice H-back-type of weapon in the Redskins offense.

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One Response to “Seven players whom Redskins fans should watch in the 2012 Draft”

  1. Mark Pierce says:

    Very nice insights, well written to boot. Bonus! Keep up the good work.

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