Is the Skins' #1 Pick On This List?

Following is the list of draft prospects who visited Redskins Park in the official visitation period that ended on April 15. They could invite up to 20 for interviews; no workouts were allowed. Is the Redskins' first-round selection on this list? Or was it all a smokescreen designed to disguise their real intentions? Also in this article, the list of prospect visits to the Redskins' NFC East foes.

Matt   Jones/QB-TE-WR/Arkansas

An outstanding athlete who works hard in a variety of ways to make positive plays, the ability of Jones to play several different positions is enticing. Did an outstanding job transitioning to receiver at the Senior Bowl and even looked efficient long snapping and fielding kickoffs. His underdeveloped frame at over 240 pounds, combined with a lack of quickness and outright speed, may all add up to Jones eventually finding a home at tight end. Could start off as a slot receiver used in third-down or goal-line situations and a prospect with a large degree of upside for the next level.
Fit With Redskins: A project, certainly a huge gamble at #9 but a possibility if they trade way down in the first round or even pick up an early second. Joe Gibbs and company certainly would have fun designing plays for him if he even scratches his potential.

Roddy White/WR/UAB

Terrific athlete with excellent size/speed numbers. Rounding out his game and a good long term prospect.
Fit With Redskins: The Redskins went to his Pro Day at UAB and saw him drop a few catchable passes, so there must be something that they find intriguing about White for them to invite him to Ashburn. Certainly, he could serve as the "big" wideout that the offense currently lacks.

Troy Williamson/WR/South Carolina

Displaying the speed to stretch defenses, Williamson offers a lot of natural skills for the next level. Sized well, he has the abilities to develop into a team's number one receiver and game breaker, but must get stronger and learn to do the little things well.
Fit with Redskins: Like White, a good mix of size and speed. Trips right with Williamson, Santana Moss and David Patten is a defensive coordinator's worst nightmare.

Mike Williams/WR/USC

Tremendously productive his only two years on the field, Williams is a physical specimen who could be used at a variety of pass-catching positions. A prototypical possession receiver, Williams projects nicely as a top third-down target or red zone threat. The combination of size, growth potential, and the lack of pure speed could ultimately have him moving to a tight end spot.
Fit With Redskins: Gibbs' offense could certainly find a spot for such a multi-talented pass catcher, but if his destination is ultimately tight end you have to wonder if he's worth such a high pick.

Mark Clayton/WR/Oklahoma

Capping off a terrific college career with a good showing in the Senior Bowl, Clayton lacks the pure size to be a number one wide out yet is a savvy ballhandler who can be a very productive second receiver for a team.
Fit With Redskins: On a roster loaded with second-receiver types, it wouldn't make sense for the Skins to take him unless they believe he can become a #1. In any case, his ability to rack up yardage after the catch is tempting.

Braylon Edwards/WR/Michigan

A superior athlete who plays bigger and faster than his computer number, Edwards makes truly amazing plays on the football field with regularity. A terrific red-zone target who creates mismatches, he has an unusually high ratio of touchdown receptions. Worthy of an early first round selection and should have a long and productive NFL career once he learns to focus and give attention to detail.
Fit With Redskins: If he is still on the board when the Redskins draft, it would be a miracle unless some team drafting much earlier than Washington makes a really stupid offer to the Skins to move back. He won't last past the top three.

Shawne Merriman/DE/Maryland

A difference maker and disruptive force, Merriman is an outstanding athlete with top measurables for the next level. Best suited to play over tight end in a 34 defense and has the potential to develop into an impact defender at the next level.
Fit With Redskins: It's hard to say if the Redskins are truly interested in the local product or if they were just throwing out a smokescreen, perhaps trying to induce the Cowboys to move ahead of them if Dallas wants Merriman as much as many believe they do. Still, even though Gregg Williams' defense relies a lot on the blitz to create pass pressure it's not difficult to picture the D benefiting from a disruptive pass-rushing defensive end such as Merriman.

Ronald Bartell/CB/Howard

A prospect with a world of physical potential, Bartell must learn to play to his measurables and improve all facets of his game. May have fallen out of the draft's first day with his poor performance at the Senior Bowl, yet still a solid developmental prospect.
Fit With Redskins: Should the Skins decide to stick with Walt Harris as their starting corner, Bartell is a second-day pick who could be a good long-term replacement.

Antrel Rolle/CB/Miami-Fla.

A physically gifted defender, Rolle possesses early first round abilities. Predominantly a press cover cornerback, the inability to play backed off the line of scrimmage or in a zone situation could cause him to slip further in the draft than his skills would warrant. Regardless, if used in the proper system at the next level, he should be a productive defensive back right out of the gate.
Fit With Redskins: "Productive right out of the gate" is the key phrase here. If the Redskins are going to invest their #1 pick on a corner to replace Fred Smoot, they had better get one who can contribute immediately and start soon. Rolle certainly fits this mold.

Adam Jones/CB/West Virginia

An outstanding athlete with a great feel for the game, Jones has the abilities to play in press or zone coverage and eventually back off the line of scrimmage. The ability to immediately change momentum of games with return skills is added value as Jones is a justifiable top-twelve pick in April's draft.
Fit With Redskins: Another corner who could be the starter right out of the chute. The added benefit to taking Pac Man is that he could double as the Skins' kick returner should Chad Morton fail to return due either to his 2004 knee injury or for salary cap reasons.

Visits to other NFC East teams: Dallas Cowboys: Ciatrick Fason/RB/Florida
Courtney Roby/WR/Indiana
Mike Williams/WR/USC
Terrence Murphy/WR/Texas A&M
Todd Herremans/OT/Saginaw
Khalif Barnes/OT/Washington
Travis Johnson/DT/Florida St.
Justin Tuck/DE/Notre Dame
Shawne Merriman/DE/Maryland
Dan Cody/DE/Oklahoma
David McMillan/DE/Kansas St.
David Pollack/DE/Georgia
Brodney Pool/S/Oklahoma
Ceandris Brown/S/Louisiana Lafayette
Shirdonya Mitchell/CB/Missouri

Philadelphia Eagles:

Frank Gore/RB/Miami
Ciatrick Fason/RB/Florida
Robert Douglas/FB/Memphis
Terrence Murphy/WR/Texas A&M
Vincent Jackson/WR/Northern Colorado
Stephen Cucci/TE/Houston
Khalif Barnes/OT/Washington
Jammal Brown/OT/Oklahoma
Chris Colmer/OT/N.C. St.
Travis Johnson/DT/Florida St.
Shaun Cody/DT/USC
John Fanene/DE/Utah
Adam Seward/LB/UNLV
Matt Sinclair/LB/Illinois
David Bergeron/LB/Stanford
Matt McCoy/LB/San Diego St.
James Sanders/S/Fresno St.

New York Giants:

Kyle Wallace/OT/Georgia Tech
Reynaldo Hill/CB/Florida

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