Inside the Redskins draft: Offensive line

Inside the Redskins draft: Offensive line
April 15, 2011, 3:14 pm
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Friday, April 15, 2011 11:45 a.m.
By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger Need: The Redskins organization went for years without attempting to build depth on the offensive line through the draft. Last year they started to correct that by taking Selvish Capers and Erik Cook later in the draft. Look for that process to continue this year. In addition, they could try to land a starter at either right tackle or in the interior line. Target rounds: Although some have made the case for the Redskins snaring a starting right tackle to bookend with Trent Williams with their first-round pick, other needs make that scenario unlikely. It seems more likely that they would target offensive line help if they are able to trade back in the first round and pick up selections in the middle rounds. And the probably be looking for one or two more late-round picks will be brought on board for development and to compete for spots on the depth chart. Inside the selection Again, there appear to be too many needs to take an offensive lineman with the top pick, even if they end up trading back in the first round. If they do, however, it seems logical that Tryon Smith would be the guy to put opposite Trent Williams for the next 10 years. It seems more likely that the second-round pick could be used for O-line help. The best right tackle prospects could all be gone by then so they might look in the interior for someone like Mike Pouncey of Florida or Rodney Hudson of Florida State. There are multiple possibilities for late-round picks including center Zane Taylor of Utah, who has to potential to be Casey Rabachs successor in 2012. If Miami tackle Orlando Franklin should slide down to the fifth round, the Redskins could snatch him up with the intention of developing him into a starter at right tackle in the next year or so. Tandlers Top Offensive Lineman
Prospects are rated considering where the Redskins might be looking for players at the position, the likelihood of the team drafting him and the players fit with the Redskins schemes. Mike Pouncey, C, FloridaAn excellent athlete, could start from Day OneRodney Hudson, C-G, Florida StateUndersized for power blocking scheme, perfect size for zoneTryon Smith, T, USCIf the Redskins decide to go for a starting right tackle in the first, he would be the guyWill Rackley, G, LehighGood athlete who will have to pick up his game after playing well at 1-AA level at LehighDerek Sherrod, T, Ole MissGreat potential, needs to improve fundamentalsZane Taylor, C, UtahHard worker, understands the gameJason Kelse, G, CincinnatiNeeds some time in the weight room to add strength, good zone blocking fit if he canOrlando Franklin, T, Miami (FL)Good size and strength, pass blocking needs workKevin Hughes, G, SE LouisanaCould be a guard-tackle swing man.Daniel Kilgore, G, Appalachian StatePlayed multiple positions along O-line for Appy State Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at You can reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler. Special thanks to Wes Bunting of the National Football Post for his assistance.