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NFL draft Day 2: Redskins looking for quarterback and nose tackle, among others

The Washington Redskins met a big need by taking linebacker Ryan Kerrigan in the first round of the the NFL draft on Thursday night. They also helped themselves by adding an additional second round pick.

What are their options for Day 2 of the draft? The Redskins still need a quarterback and a nose tackle, and could use help at wide receiver and possibly running back.

At quarterback, Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett and Colin Kaepernick are the top prospects remaining. Mallett has a big arm, but lacks the mobility that is needed to run Mike Shanahan’s offense. Dalton isn’t as big, but had good accuracy and mobility for TCU. Kaepernick is more raw, but is considered one of the most athletic passers in the draft. Both would probably fit for Washington.

Oregon State’s Stephen Paea is the top nose tackle left and could be there at No. 41. If the Redskins go with a quarterback with that pick and miss out on Paea, they could move down from No. 49 and into the third round to take Hampton’s Kenrick Ellis — the next best 3-4 defensive tackle.

Options at wideout: Kentucky’s Randall Cobb, Maryland’s Torrey Smith and Hawaii’s Greg Salas remain.

Running back: Another local, Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams, is the top back available.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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