These Washington Redskins will do the right thing and draft a left tackle

Oklahoma quarterback and consensus top-5 draft pick Sam Bradford discusses his visit to Redskins Park and assesses the likelihood of the Redskins drafting him.
By Mike Wise
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sam Bradford might inexplicably fall to No. 4. Washington could always trade for someone to protect Donovan McNabb's blind side. And with the wild cards Mike Shanahan has already dealt this offseason, the Redskins could up and trade the pick.

But they won't.

I take no great pleasure in ending the D-day suspense. But they are going to take Trent Williams or Russell Okung, both proven offensive linemen in college. Given that Okung may go to Detroit at No. 2, I'm banking on Williams to take Chris Samuels's old job. The Redskins will do this with the fourth pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

It's a no-brainer and will set in motion some of the most odd happenings in Washington:

The fan base will of course be ecstatic, because it means McNabb might be able to stay more upright than Jason Campbell.

The draftniks will hail the selection as finally addressing a major need that has been overlooked for too long in Washington.

Next, a smiling Shanahan and Bruce Allen will speak authoritatively about the first No. 1 pick as a general manager-coach duo.

And all of this will ruin everything.

No one will complain.

No one will accuse Daniel Snyder of telling the brain trust what to do.

Vinny Cerrato won't be blamed before the pick is made.


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