NFL Draft: Best remaining prospects left entering the second round


Cyrus Kouandjio during the Alabama pro day last month. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)

The Washington Redskins did not make a move to trade up into the latter portions of the NFL draft’s first round, and as things currently stand, they will make their first selection just two picks into the second round, which begins Friday at 7 p.m.

Between now and then, Washington’s talent evaluators will reset their draft board based on the best remaining talent – of which there is plenty – and lay out their plan for the second and third rounds.

The Redskins find themselves in position to help themselves at a number of positions, as quality players at their need areas remain.

Right tackle, inside linebacker, safety, cornerback, big-target wide receiver and pass-catching running back and maybe even pass rusher are believed to rank high on the Redskins’ shopping list, and they will have options.

Safety got a little thin as top prospects Calvin Pryor, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Deone Bucannon and Jimmie Ward all came off the board. But quality players appear to remain at other positions.

They could either use that 34th overall pick to select a player at that position, or they could try to trade down a little lower in the second round while accumulating an additional pick for later in the draft.

General Manager Bruce Allen said Tuesday he liked the idea of moving back if the Redskins still could find players with high grades a little lower in the second round, but it remains to be seen if that will be possible.

Here’s a look at some of the best remaining prospects at the Redskins’ positions of need:

Offensive tackle:

Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama)

Morgan Moses (Virginia)

Jack Mewhort (Ohio State)

Antonio Richardson (Tennessee)

Cameron Fleming (Stanford)

Inside linebacker:

Chris Borland (Wisconsin)

Shayne Skov (Stanford)

Carl Bradford (Arizona State)

Preston Brown (Louisville)

Lamin Barrow (LSU)

Safety:

Terrence Brooks (Florida State)

Brock Vereen (Minnesota)

Marqueston Huff (Wyoming)

Dezmen Southward (Wisconsin)

Craig Loston (LSU)

Cornerback

Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State)

Phillip Gaines (Rice)

Keith McGill (Utah)

Marcus Roberson (Florida)

Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska)

Wide receiver

Allen Robinson (Penn State)

Cody Latimer (Indiana)

Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)

Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss)

Davante Adams (Fresno State)

Running back

Carlos Hyde (Ohio State)

Jeremy Hill (LSU)

Bishop Sankey (Washington)

Terrance West (Towson)

Tre Mason (Auburn)

Outside linebacker

Carl Bradford (Arizona State)

Kyle Van Noy (Brigham Young)

Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech)

Telvin Smith (Florida State)

Chris Smith (Arkansas)

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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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