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Redskins 6-pack Of Draft Questions: Who's The First Pick?

Breaking Burgundy's writers plus football-thinking friends answered six questions heading into the 2016 NFL Draft including who will be the Redskins 1st pick.

We've reached NFL Draft week so it's time finalize those thoughts on what's up with the Washington Redskins. Breaking Burgundy came up with a six-pack of pre-draft questions and asked a panel of football thinkers for the answers. 

1) What's your quarterback plan for the draft if the Redskins don't have a long-term contract in place with Kirk Cousins before Day 1?

Ben Standig, Breaking Burgundy: Pick up the phone, call Kyle Shanahan or Bill O’Brien or Todd Bowles or any other coach of a QB-desperate team and say, “Waaaaz up.” Unless the Redskins really, really think they are Super Bowl contenders, it's better to get a haul for Cousins now than letting him walk for minor compensation, the odds-on-favorite outcome in 2018, Either way, draft a QB somewhere, probably Day 3.

Scott Jackson, ESPN 980: I think the Redskins have to consider taking a QB in the draft IF they don't think or plan on locking up Cousins long-term. My guess is they let this thing roll into next off-season, which is very risky and costly if they want to play tag for a third straight year.

Manny Benton, Breaking Burgundy: I think you definitely consider a solution in the draft while continuing to develop Nate Sudfeld. Brad Kaaya is a guy I like.

Brent, Burgundy Blog: Depends on whether the team will eventually go high enough to git 'er done, which they probably already know. If yes, no need to draft one at all. If no, probably need one by Day 2.

2) Other than defensive line, what's the one position the Redskins must address in the draft by Day 2?

Standig: This answer could be inside linebacker or edge rusher without question, but if they can shore up the left guard spot, Washington could have a top-5 offensive line. That helps Cousins and the running game bigly. Maybe they think Arie Kouandjio is the answer or we see a better Shawn Lauvao more than one full year after his various injuries. We'll see.

Jackson: An outside linebacker that can rush the QB. There are just too many questions opposite Ryan Kerrigan's side. Preston Smith had a disappointing year 2, Trent Murphy is suspended and who knows if they get a healthy season out of Junior Gallete.

Benton: They need an enforcer. Someone like Jarrad Davis or Reuben Foster.

Brent: Nothing else is mandatory, but ILB would be most beneficial if the board cooperates.

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3) Guilty pleasure pick. While keeping reality in mind (i.e. no Leonard Fournette or Malik Hooker), who is the guy you'd love seeing playing for the Redskins regardless of need or round?

Standig: Jon Ross. Who doesn’t like fast guys? The University of Washington wide receiver ran the fastest 40-time (4.22) in the history of the NFL Combine. The Redskins replenished their receiving corps, but didn’t exactly make up for losing DeSean Jackson’s speed.

Jackson: I like Joe Mixon and I know that would bring lots of negative reaction to a franchise that struggles with controversy already. He's a really football player, who hopefully has learned his lesson and will stay out of the headlines for the wrong reasons. He would fill a need too.

Benton: Joe Mixon... outside of the issues that surround him, he's just as talented if not more talented than any running back in this class. 

Brent: Tyus Bowser. Big things in his future. Crazy athleticism and versatility.

4) On a scale of 1-10, where are you at when it comes to the Redskins needing to address the running back position?

Standig: 5. If you drew up an ideal plan, a tandem of Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson with Matt Jones somewhere in the wings isn’t it. Yet “Fat Rob” easily ran past expectations as an undrafted rookie with his impressive vision and ability to avoid tacklers in the backfield. Thompson stayed on the field and provided a shifty, pass-catching element on it. Add help, cool. Day 1? Nah. 

Jackson: I think it is 7. First of all, I believe in the Mike Shanahan philosophy on RBs...don't overly invest in them. No need for 1st or 2nd round selection at that position. You can get quality backs on day 3. I like Rob Kelly and think he can flourish with a full off-season of work penciled in as #1 guy. Not sure if Matt Jones will bounce back. I trust Chris Thompson can be quality 3rd down guy again (but only has one-year contract). I think Mack Brown could be effective if given the opportunity. No clue if Keith Marshall is anything more than a practice squad guy.

Benton: I'll give it a 7. Not a necessity, but I wouldn't ignore it either.

Brent: 5. Kelley and Thompson are a satisfactory tandem. You could do better, you could do worse.

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5) If the best player at 17 on the draft board is a wide receiver, guard or (gulp) quarterback, do you tell Bruce Allen to trust the board or seek a Plan B immediately?

Standig: Not only do the Redskins have a hole at left guard, their starting center and right tackle are free agents in 2018. If they love Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp and think 17 is cool, go for it. I mostly feel the same at receiver, but going WR in round 1 one year after taking Josh Doctson isn’t ideal asset allocation and likely means Terrelle Pryor isn’t in Ashburn beyond 2017. If they go quarterback at 17 AND keep Cousins, my head will explode.

Jackson: I wouldn't be afraid to take a guard at #17. There is clearly still a question about Shawn Lauvao's ability to stay healthy. Plus he's costly. However, if there isn't a guard they love I would like to see a trade back. No interest in QB or WR in round 1.

Benton:  I'll always say that if you love a QB and don't have a long-term solution, take that player. Otherwise, I wouldn't be opposed to a guy like Forrest Lamp.

Brent: I'm bypassing WR and G in R1, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at a QB I love if I'm even a little unsure of Cuz being back in 2018.

6) Who will be the first player selected by the Redskins?

Standig: The injury/background worries for so many prospects, like Alabama ILB Reuben Foster, and the uncertainty over how each team therefore views said prospect, like Foster, clouds projections. If the Redskins are good with his various off-field/injuries concerns, Foster. If not, UCLA pass rusher Takk McKinley. 

Jackson: I think it will be Temple LB Haason Reddick. If so will be interested to see how he fits in the defense.

Benton: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

Brent: TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandigFacebook and on Google+.

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