But they will have some choices. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said recently that no senior defensive ends might go that high, at least not those who can play end in a 4-3. The one senior end he did mention was LSU's Tyson Jackson because he can play in a 4-3. He considers him a prototypical end in a 3-4, but he can also fit in a 4-3.
"Tyson is a top-level guy and then after that, for a 4-3, I don't see a guy picked in that range in the first round," Mayock said.
Jackson, at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, might be more of a run-stopper. He's not considered an explosive guy off the edge, but the Redskins' defensive coaches want someone who can anchor the left side.
But the junior class offers more choices. Texas' Brian Orapko is a good pass rusher, but could be slated for a linebacker in a 3-4, clearly ruling him out in Washington. Florida State's Everette Brown is another top pass rusher. However, like Orapko, he's likely a better fit as a 3-4 linebacker.
Penn State's Aaron Maybin is similar to Orapko and Brown, an undersized end who might be best suited as a 3-4 linebacker.
Meanwhile, if the Redskins drafted a tackle, the choice could be Boston College's B.J. Raji. The 6-foot-1, 340-pound Raji was an inside force this season and would fill another hole, perhaps giving Washington the push it has lacked up the middle the past couple years.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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