Players to watch for Redskins in NFL Draft

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Offense

RT Terron Armstead

The Redskins like Tom Compton for the future, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Armstead might be too talented to pass on and would be a perfect fit in a stretch zone. They would have athletic bookends, which would help the cutback game immensely.

WR Quinton Patton

The Redskins could use a consistent weapon alongside Pierre Garcon, and Patton offers quickness and toughness. He could play inside or outside and had return experience at Louisiana Tech. Markus Wheaton is another possibility here because of his speed and savvy route running.

TE Gavin Escobar

Yes, the Redskins have two starting tight ends. But Escobar might be too tempting to ignore because of his productivity at San Diego State and his quickness. Escobar has good hands but will need to improve as a blocker.

RT Kyle Long

He's another athletic tackle, one who has good bloodlines (father is Howie, and brother is Chris). Long played only one year at Oregon, but his athleticism would be an excellent fit in the Redskins' scheme. He might not be available.

RT Justin Pugh

Some teams will view him as a guard or even a center, partly because he has shorter arms than the usual right tackle. However, he played well at Syracuse in a zone-blocking scheme, and that would fit the Redskins' needs.

Defense

CB Robert Alford

With starters DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson unsigned for 2014, the Redskins could use a corner to groom. Alford played well in various coverages at Southeastern Louisiana and plays the ball well. He's also a willing run defender, which the Redskins demand.

S D.J. Swearinger

There's a chance he'll be gone by 51 (Jonathan Cyprien definitely will be gone). Swearinger was better near the line at South Carolina but showed he can play deep and transition to free safety. He's physical and a leader.

CB Jamar Taylor

He excelled in zone coverage at Boise State and can play off. He has the skills to improve in press coverage if his technique is refined. But Taylor could move inside and play slot, showing an ability to mirror receivers.

S T.J. McDonald

The second round might be one too high for him, but he has the measurables Mike Shanahan would like. McDonald flashed during games at USC but not enough to project him higher. He's probably best as a free safety, which the Redskins would like.

LB Corey Lemonier

He's another high-measurables player. Yes, it's not a pressing need, but if the Redskins feel the top player at this spot is an outside linebacker, then it's a possibility. Pass rushers are always welcomed. He had a terrific sophomore year at Auburn.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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John Keim

Staff Reporter - Washington Redskins
The Washington Examiner