If the Redskins do not select a safety with the No. 51 pick next week, NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock says he can envision Mike Shanahan targeting three other positions at that spot.
“To me, if they don’t go safety, I’d like to see them look, at 51, at another wide receiver,” Mayock said on a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. Josh “Morgan is coming off some offseason surgeries and Santana Moss is getting older.”
The Redskins’ depth chart lists Pierre Garçon and Morgan as the team's top two wide outs. Garçon played through a lingering foot injury in 2012 that still hasn’t completely cleared up, and Morgan underwent offseason surgeries on his ankle and both hands. Moss, meantime, will be 34 in June, while Leonard Hankerson rounds out the top-four.
“I think you can get a quality receiver at 51, and you cannot support your quarterback enough,” Mayock added, referring to Robert Griffin III. “You put a lot of money and a lot of draft picks into your quarterback.”
Mayock said receivers such as DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson, Robert Woods of USC, Terrance Williams of Baylor, Quinton Patton of Louisiana Tech and Aaron Dobson of Marshall could still be on the board when the Redskins are put on the clock.
But should Shanahan not take a safety or a wide receiver at No. 51, Mayock said he believes the Redskins could target a cornerback or defensive lineman.
“I also could see, if it’s not a wide receiver, either corner depth or defensive lineman depth,” Mayock said. “Either way, you signed E.J. Biggers, you re-signed DeAngelo Hall, but you still need to get more depth and athleticism on the edge. They were No. 30 against the pass last year.”
The one direction Mayock does not see the Redskins going in the second round is offensive tackle.
“They signed [Jeremy] Trueblood, who is a right tackle only,” he said. “So whether or not they would go after [a player] with the first pick … someone that will compete with a free agent they just signed, I’m not sure they would go in that direction. They signed Trueblood for a reason.”