The Washington Redskins didn’t have much to work with in their first Mike Shanahan era NFL Draft but they addressed a few key issues. With the addition of Donovan McNabb from their hated rivals the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington focused on offensive line and grabbed some marginal picks that may not make the first cut of training camp.
Washington Redskins first NFL Draft pick and fourth overall Trent Williams.
Trent Williams, an offensive tackle hailing from Oklahoma, was not expected to go as early as fourth overall after some NFL prognosticators said his work ethic was below average. Williams had a solid pro day, decent NFL Combine and his run blocking skill may have put him over the top. Williams will play in run situations in his first NFL season and earn his way into a full time job eventually.
Washington Redskins second NFL Draft pick and 103rd overall Perry Riley.
Perry Riley, a bulky linebacker out of LSU, will be expected to crack the starting line up for Washington but he will have to improve and adjust to the NFL speed and technique. Riley has some instincts needed from a linebacker but lacks the ability to chase down runners in the open field. Riley may be a second round pick but he may end up on the practice squad to open the 2010 NFL season.
Washington Redskins third NFL Draft pick and 174th overall Dennis Morris.
Dennis Morris played tight end for his college team Louisiana Tech but he will be used as a fullback by Mike Shanahan. Morris will be backing up Mike Sellers at fullback but once Shanahan sees Morris blast through a few holes and level some big linebackers he has a great opportunity to make the Washington roster. Morris will play in his first NFL season as a back up and change of pace back.
Washington Redskins fourth NFL Draft pick and 219th overall Terrence Austin.
Terrence Austin, a wide receiver coming out of UCLA, is a thin rail of a receiver that will have to start bulking up immediately if he wants to play in the NFL. The question of the pick is, did Shanahan make this pick knowing Austin had no chance to make the team? Austin won’t make the first training camp cut and may see playing time in the UFL in 2010, not the NFL.
Washington Redskins fifth NFL Draft pick and 229th overall Eric Cook.
Eric Cook, a center coming out of New Mexico, is a draft pick for the future not the 2010 NFL season. Cook will be expected to mop up in late game situations and back up at center. Cook will see limited action in his first NFL season.
Washington Redskins sixth and final NFL Draft pick and 231st overall Selvish Capers.
Selvish Capers is a converted tight end into an offensive tackle from West Virginia, with three years experience in college. Capers experience as a receiver may come in handy and make him more valuable later. Capers has a good chance to make the Washington roster since there is no depth on the offensive line and will play in his first NFL season.
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