Rick Snider: Redskins looking for value in later rounds

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Anybody can pick a first-round mock draft. Andrew Luck to Indianapolis, Robert Griffin III to Washington. Real imagination there.

But who will the Washington Redskins choose with the rest of their picks? Are they looking for a safety or a cornerback in the third round. Is the fourth round a good place to get an offensive lineman? Are the final three rounds simply special teamers?

The Redskins are largely in a best-player-available mode. The needs are too diverse to bypass the best player even if it comes at an area of strength, which for this team may only be defensive line or linebacker.

Here's a mock draft for all of Washington's picks after selecting Griffin at No. 2.

Third round »

With the 69th overall pick, Washington pulls a stunner to take Wisconsin receiver Nick Toon. Coach Mike Shanahan seems ready to start over at this position aside Leonard Hankerson. The son of three-time Pro Bowl receiver Al Toon, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is the big receiver Washington always wants and rarely gets. Sure, the Redskins might be better off drafting a safety or cornerback, even an offensive lineman with this pick, but Toon would be a playmaker at the position this team sorely needs.

Fourth round »

The 102nd choice is Miami offensive tackle Brandon Washington. Who knows if right tackle Jammal Brown can remain healthy, so Washington becomes insurance. The 6-3, 320-pounder plays both tackle and guard. Given the Redskins' persistent injuries, Washington's versatility would be invaluable.

Fourth round »

Finally, the Redskins get something from the Jason Campbell trade by using Oakland's 109th pick to take Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson. There's talk he could go late second or third round, but this is a steal if Johnson's still available in the fourth. He plays the run well but also has great instincts and hands.

Fifth round » The 141st pick is Tennessee running back Tauren Poole. He dropped from the third to fifth round after a poor senior season. The Redskins seem in the market for one more running back, especially if Tim Hightower doesn't re-sign. Poole could be a situational player who has some upside. He runs low but needs to follow blocks better.

Sixth round »

The Donovan McNabb trade worth Minnesota's 173rd choice brings South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson. The former Auburn transfer is 6-foot, 211 pounds with the speed and skills to double as a special teamer.

Seventh round » The 213th choice is Maryland cornerback Cameron Chism. The Terrapin started 32 games before being benched late last season by coach Randy Edsall, who started playing for next year. Under predecessor coach Ralph Friedgen, the Terps came prepared for the NFL, and Chism has good speed and instincts to also play special teams.

Overall, adding a big receiver, versatile offensive lineman, secondary help and a running back, plus Griffin of course, wouldn't be a bad draft. A tight end wouldn't be surprising, either.

Examiner columnist Rick Snider has covered local sports since 1978. Read more on Twitter @Snide_Remarks or email rsnider@washingtonexaminer.com.

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