NFL Draft 2010: Position-by-position preview

Washington Post staff writer Mark Maske takes a look at each position and assesses the Redskins' needs at each spot:


QBs Player College Ht./Wt. Notes
Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford Oklahoma 6-312, 223 He seems to have demonstrated that last season's shoulder injury is healed and many observers expect him to go to the Rams with the top overall pick.
Jimmy Clausen
Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame 6-212, 223 He is NFL-ready after playing for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame but there have been questions raised about his temperament and leadership.
Dan LeFevour
Dan LeFevour Central Michigan 6-212, 238 He and Vince Young are the only college QBs ever to pass for more than 3,000 yards and run for more than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Colt McCoy
Colt McCoy Texas 6-2, 212 He went 45-8 as a starter in college but hasn't been put into the same category as Bradford and Clausen by many NFL scouts.
Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow Florida 6-212, 236 His reworked throwing motion and the wide variance in the predictions about the round in which he'll be selected have made him the most scrutinized player in the entire draft.
Tony Pike
Tony Pike Cincinnati 6-512, 230 Some in the league consider him a very intriguing prospect and think he could develop into a future starter.
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The Redskins' Needs: Many once expected the Redskins to take Jimmy Clausen with the fourth overall pick or try to trade up to get Sam Bradford. But that was before the Donovan McNabb trade. It would be a surprise now if the Redskins take a QB early, although some have said it still can't be completely ruled out.
Running Backs Player College Ht./Wt. Notes
Ryan Matthews
Ryan Mathews Fresno State 5-1012, 218 An 1,800-yard rusher last season who is regarded as the top runner available by several teams.
C.J. Spiller
C.J. Spiller Clemson 5-1012, 196 He might not be an every-down RB in the NFL but he has big-play ability both on offense and special teams.
 Jahvid Best
Jahvid Best California 5-10, 199 His final season at Cal was ended by a concussion suffered on a scary fall after a TD leap.
Toby Gerhart
Toby Gerhart Stanford 6-0, 231 The Heisman runnerup isn’t regarded as a top prospect but many believe he will be a very useful and versatile NFL player.
LeGarrette Blount
LeGarrette Blount Oregon 6-012, 240 He might be in the conversation about the best RB available if he hadn’t been suspended for most of last season after punching a Boise State player on the field after the season opener.
 Dexter McCluster
Dexter McCluster Mississippi 5-8, 165 Teams like him as a third-down RB.
 Joe McKnight
Joe McKnight Southern Cal 5-11, 198 He and Dexter McCluster are attractive as speedy receivers coming out of the backfield and kick returners.
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The Redskins' Needs: Mike Shanahan had a knack in Denver for getting productive runners with non-premium picks. That would be useful, given that there’s probably not a running back of the future from among the group of Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.
Wide Receivers Player College Ht./Wt. Notes
Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant Oklahoma State 6-112, 217 He missed most of his final season after lying to NCAA investigators about his relationship with former NFL standout Deion Sanders.
Golden Tate
Golden Tate Notre Dame 5-11, 195 Jimmy Clausen’s top target had 15 games with 100 or more receiving yards in three seasons at Notre Dame.
Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas Georgia Tech 6-212, 229 His speed isn’t dazzling but he plays like a big receiver.
Arrelious Benn
Arrelious Benn Illinois 6-112, 220 A former all-Met at Dunbar High who had only 38 catches last season after a 67-catch season in 2008.
Eric Decker
Eric Decker Minnesota 6-3, 215 Also a baseball standout who was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008.
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The Redskins' Needs: This wouldn’t seem to be a priority, with young receivers already on the roster and the need being for an established, centerpiece-type WR rather than for another developmental project.
Tight Ends Player College Ht./Wt. Notes
Jermaine Gresham
Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma 6-6, 258 Didn’t play last season because of a knee injury but still is regarded as the top TE available and a likely first-rounder.
Ed Dickson
Ed Dickson Oregon6-4, 244A solid receiver who had at least 35 catches in each of the last three seasons.
Anthony McCoy
Anthony McCoy USC 6-412, 249Former backup to Fred Davis, now with the Redskins.
Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski Arizona 6-512, 265 Like Gresham, he missed all of last season. He underwent back surgery for a herniated disk.
Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham Miami 6-612, 259 Former starter for the Hurricanes basketball team who played one season of football at the school.
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The Redskins' Needs: The Redskins seem solid at this spot with Chris Cooley and Fred Davis.
Off. Linemen Player College Ht./Wt. Notes
Russell Okung
Russell Okung
Tackle
Oklahoma State 6-5, 302 He looks like the top candidate for the Redskins with the fourth pick, unless they manage to trade down to add more choices.
Trent Williams
Trent Williams
Tackle
Oklahoma 6-412, 314Some observers contend he’s a better fit for the Redskins than Okung, although Okung is the higher-rated prospect by most.
Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell
Tackle
Maryland 6-512, 310 He was dazzling at the NFL scouting combine but that doesn’t always ensure success at the next level.
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis
Tackle
Rutgers 6-5, 323 He might be a right tackle rather than a left tackle in the NFL.
Bryan Bulaga
Bryan Bulaga
Tackle
Iowa6-512, 312Like Davis, could play left or right tackle. Opinion seems divided on where he fits best.
Maurkice Pouncey
Maurkice Pouncey
Center
Florida 6-412, 304 Some say he’s the Gators’ best NFL prospect this year.
Charles Brown
Charles Brown
Tackle
USC 6-5, 292 A two-year starter after backing up former first-round pick Sam Baker at left tackle for USC.
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The Redskins' Needs: Now that McNabb is in the fold, it would seem prudent for the Redskins to rebuild their offensive line in order to actually keep McNabb in the lineup. This could start with the fourth overall pick by taking Russell Okung or Trent Williams to replace the retired Chris Samuels at left tackle. Or it could begin a bit later if the Redskins made to trade down in the first-round order to add picks.
Def. Linemen Player College Ht./Wt. Notes
Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh
DT
Nebraska 6-312, 307 Many label him the best player available in the draft, but the Rams appear likely to go the QB route with the top pick.
Gerald McCoy
Gerald McCoy
DT
Oklahoma6-4, 295He could go third to the Buccaneers after Bradford goes first to the Rams and Suh goes second to the Lions.
Derrick Morgan
Derrick Morgan
DE
Georgia Tech6-3, 266It’s expected that he’ll go in the upper half of the first round after a 12-1/2-sack season.
Dan Williams
Dan Williams
DT
Tennessee6-2, 327He’s not the playmaker that Suh or McCoy is, but he could be the next DT off the board.
Jason Pierre-Paul
Jason Pierre-Paul
DE
South Florida6-412, 270The junior college product played only one season at South Florida but has attention-grabbing ability and appears likely to be a first-round pick.
Brandon Graham
Brandon Graham
DE
Michigan6-112, 268Could be an outside LB for a team that uses a 3-4 defense or a DE in a 4-3. Either way, he can get to the QB.
Jared Odrick
Jared Odrick
DT
Penn State6-5, 304A good interior pass rusher who could go in the first round.
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The Redskins' Needs: If Albert Haynesworth is traded, an addition on the defensive line might be in order, perhaps with the pick or picks that the Redskins might get in return for him.
LBs Player College Ht./Wt. Notes
Rolando McClain
Rolando McClain Alabama6-312, 254 A middle LB who is a sure tackler and is considered solid in pass coverage as well.
Sergio Kindle
Sergio Kindle Texas6-212, 250Sack total slipped from 10 in 2008 to six last season.
Sean Weatherspoon
Sean Weatherspoon Missouri 6-1, 239 Was credited with more than 110 tackles in each of the last three seasons.
Jerry Hughes
Jerry Hughes TCU 6-112, 255 Totaled 26-1/2 sacks over the last two seasons.
Brandon Spikes
Brandon Spikes Florida 6-212, 249 The cousin of NFL veteran Takeo Spikes.
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The Redskins' Needs: Perhaps a spot to address in the later rounds, with the move to a 3-4 defense creating additional needs at the position.
DBs Player College Ht./Wt. Notes
Eric Berry
Eric Berry
Safety
Tennessee 5-1112, 211 Safeties usually don’t go in the top five picks, but Berry possibly could.
Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas
Safety
Texas 5-10, 208 He doesn’t turn 21 until next month, but he could be the second safety to be taken in the upper half of the first round. He also could play CB.
Joe Haden
Joe Haden
Corner back
Florida 5-1012, 193 The Friendly High product didn’t allow a TD catch in 40 college starts.
Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson
Corner back
Boise State 5-10, 194 A standout kick returner as well, will vie with Joe Haden to be the first CB taken.
Taylor Mays
Taylor Mays
Safety
USC 6-3, 230 His father, Stafford, played in the NFL for the Cardinals and Vikings.
Kareem Jackson
Kareem Jackson
Corner back
Alabama 5-1012, 196 Played a prep-school season at Fork Union Military Academy before heading to Alabama.
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The Redskins' Needs: You never have enough good CBs in today’s NFL. But it seems unlikely, given their other needs and current lack of picks, that the Redskins will be able to get an immediate contributor at the position.

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