Our second annual community mock draft here at CSC continues to roll on smoothly. The next pick for the Washington Redskins was brilliantly and dutifully carried out by CSC member arcuate.
Make the jump to find out just which NFL prospect he thought might offer the Skins some future salvation.
I would like to thank arcuate for his participation in this years community mock draft.
With the fourth pick in the CSC community mock draft, the Washington Redskins select...
Russel Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
The Redskins run the worst trick play anyone's ever seen. (via MyTubeForever1)
Injuries, lack of talent and depth, and terrible plays like the one above led them to a 4-12 season. Dan Snyder fired GM Vinny Cerrato, head coach Jim Zorn and Sherman Lewis. Mike Shanahan was hired to replace Zorn, with former Saints head coach Jim Haslett as their new defensive coordinator. The Shanahan Era officially began on Thursday with ten players being released, clearing space for a typical 'Skins assault on the free agency peroid.
Oh, you didn't think I'd recap their season without this, did you?
The idea that Washington could select a quarterback with the 4th pick isn't a stretch. They reportedly tried to trade Jason Campbell for Jay Cutler before the 2009 Draft, and last season's results can't really have swayed opinion of him. They have a new head coach and yet another new offensive coordinator and might want to start over. The general perception of Campbell at Hogs Haven is that he is of limited ability and will never be a (cliche alert) franchise quarterback. So it could be necessary to take a star at the top of the draft and build their team around him.
Pertaining to this mock draft, the only perceived 'star' QB left on the board is Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen. Clausen has spent three years under Charlie Weis in a sophisticated offense that could have prepared him well for the NFL. He threw 28 TDs and only 4 INTs last year with a 68.0% completion rate. He did this while injured after tearing toe tendons early in the season.
So do the Redskins go for a potential superstar quarterback? Mel Kiper thinks they should, and Mike Mayock agrees: "If you believe there’s a franchise quarterback available at number four, that trumps all other needs, in my opinion."
LT Anthony Davis Highlights/Lowlights 2009 Rutgers (via ProDraftParty)
Davis is 6'6" and 330lbs. He has played on the offensive line for Rutgers for the past three seasons, transitioning from right guard to left tackle last season and earning All-Big East and Second-team All-America honors. Davis is a very good run blocker thanks to his athleticism and power. Against the pass rush, he does well redirecting rushers to the far outside but can be prone to the double move. He has been benched twice for violating team rules, so there are question marks about his attitude.
LT Bryan Bulaga Highlights/Lowlights 2009/2008 Iowa (via ProDraftParty)
Bulaga is 6'6" and 312lbs. Like Davis, he was voted All-Big Ten and second team All-American, as well as winning the Big Ten offensive lineman of the year award. He is a powerful mauler with good footwork, but was heavily outplayed by fast players such as Brandon Graham. He suffered throughout 2009 with a thyroid issue and there are uncertainties over his return to 2008 form.
LT Russell Okung Highlights/Lowlights 2009/2008 Oklahoma State (via ProDraftParty)
Okung is a 6'5" 300lb lineman from Oklahoma State. He played right tackle as a true freshman before moving to left tackle. In 2008, scouts noted his ability to neutralize Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo, a subsequent Pro Bowler as a Redskins rookie. In 2009 he was named all-American and was the only offensive line nominee for the Lombardi Award. He twice held the NCAA sack leader at the time to zero sacks. He had 47 straight starts for the Cowboys. At the Combine, Okung had 38 reps in the 225lb bench press, second among offensive linemen.