Washington Redskins 2014 Draft Preview

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - Mortgaging the farm for Robert Griffin III looked like a prudent decision after the quarterback's freshman season inside the Beltway.

It's not nearly as clear cut now after his poor sophomore campaign, however.

The Redskins will be without a first-round pick for the second straight season after moving up to get RG3 in the 2012 draft but this time around, it hurts a little more because Washington's pick would have been the No. 2 overall selection after a dismal 3-13 campaign.

Griffin's health remains the main story line in D.C. because he never looked right last season after tearing his ACL and LCL during the playoffs the year prior.

The Redskins' first choice is scheduled to be No. 34 overall and they could try to help the franchise player by augmenting the offensive line, perhaps Nevada's Joel Bitonio or Virginia's Morgan Moses.

Beefing up the back seven on defense, which was a disaster in 2013, should also be a high priority.

2013 Record: 3-13

Top Needs: S, LB, OL

First Three Picks: No. 34, No. 66, No. 102

Number of Selections: 7 (2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7)

CALLING THE SHOTS: General manager Bruce Allen now has final say over personnel after the firing of Mike Shanahan but that's not exactly a comforting thought because he does not have a scoring background. There are only 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL so it's tough to say anyone should turn down a chance but new coach Jay Gruden faces an uphill battle in this organization.

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2013 - none; 2012 - Robert Griffin III (QB, Baylor); 2011 - Ryan Kerrigan (OLB, Purdue); 2010 - Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma; 2009 - Brian Orakpo (DE, Texas); 2008 - none; 2007 - LaRon Landry (S, LSU); 2006 - none; 2005 - Carlos Rogers (CB, Auburn), Jason Campbell (QB, Auburn); 2004 - Sean Taylor (S, Miami-Florida); 2003 - none.

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