2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Who is number one?

2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Who is number one?
April 2, 2014, 6:30 pm
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DeSean Jackson, DeSean Jackson, DeSean Jackson. Now that we got that out of our system, it's time for the latest CSNwashington 2014 mock draft, one affected by the Redskins big and bold move. Click on through to see how the first two rounds unfold at this point in the process, but first...

* Once upon a time, I worked for a couple of Wall Street firms. In that financial setting, talk of asset allocation for a client's portfolio often dominated discussions like the Kardashian's on the E Network. 

Obviously not all situations were similar, but general principles existed: Spread money out among different investments and sectors based on need and risk tolerance while limiting major exposure in any one area. With the goal being a handsome and steady return on investment, obviously.

Those principles are essentially why through seven mock drafts (Seven?!?!?!), wide receiver rarely entered my equation with the Redskins options at No. 34 overall. Those principles also allow me not to knock the expensive addition of DeSean Jackson.

Imagine dollars sunk into specific NFL positions represented on a pie chart, the kind that once dominated my day-to-day work world. In my player personnel advisory role, wide receiver would be one of the thinner slices. It's truly a dependent position (receivers need a strong quarterback more than other way around) in which touches for the best pass catchers can often be counted on one hand. 

Get an alpha male target, a stealthy Plan B threat and then find wingmen without breaking the bank. The Redskins have Pierre Garçon, but more help was needed even after signing free Andre Roberts, the kind not on the roster before Tuesday night.


Obviously, the Redskins don't agree with my take on the amount of overall assets one should put into receiver position. So why am I not ranting about this latest splashy move when history suggest skepticism is required when analyzing this franchise? Because of the way the Bruce Allen-led Redskins spent on basic infrastructure before Tuesday night.

[Also, sports are supposed to be fun and who's more fun than Jackson? No, the "fun" pitch is not one we used on clients when discussing their retirement plans.]

In the hypothetical positional pie chart mentioned earlier, both lines would receive manly looking slices. Needing a pass rush upgrade, the Redskins invested in defensive lineman Jason Hatcher. He had more sacks last season with the Dallas Cowboys than Washington's unit combined.

We'll see if guard Shawn Lauvao's talents are worthy of his free agent dollars, but upgrading protection for the franchise's single biggest investment on and off the field, Robert Griffin III, is a must. Using No. 34 for a right tackle upgrade would be another sensible and frankly fiscally responsible move in this direction. 

As for safety and inside linebacker, the Redskins didn't make it rain in these areas. I know everyone wants a Pro Bowler at all 22 spots on the field, but not everything can be fixed at once.

Washington went with a quantity over quality approach at ILB with the hopes that someone stands out. From a 2014 perspective safety looks old (Ryan Clark), injury-prone (Brandon Meriweather) and unproven (Philip Thomas). If Hatcher boosts the pass rush, if Brian Orakpo generates pressure like a franchise player, the secondary improves by default. 


More help, in theory, will come via the draft. No first round selection this year for Washington and we know why. The Redskins still have picks, the kind of assets smart investors' bank yearly. For an NFL team those selections serve as the portfolio's baseline, thus allowing for bigger moves elsewhere. We'll see if the new regime can recognize winners from losers.

We'll also soon find out whether the Philadelphia Eagles were wise to cut bait with Jackson, whether RGIII progresses enough in the pocket to take advantage of his newest big-play toy. We'll find out whether Washington's latest big move is just the next to bomb. 

At least the new-ish regime's previous conservative approach put the roster on a path to strike if the opportunity for a major investment presented itself. Their latest move also made the positional decision at 34 a much, much simpler one.