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Coach Joe Speaks

Well, not a whole lot to glean from coach's brief comments to us media schlubs. They didn't get much action for the sixth pick I have heard, because as you can see Peterson went 7 and Quinn is dropping like a rock, so there weren't any player people wanted to trade up to 6 to get.

Once the Briggs thing cooled again, the Skins became resigned to using the pick, even with many people in the building really hoping they could get another player or first-day pick in a trade somehow.

So in the end they took the best defensive player on their board, which was Landry. Like I wrote 5 or 6 days ago, this will be an interesting coupling with LaRon eventually plays besides Sean Taylor. As Coach Joe himself said today, "It will be interesting to see how he fits in with Sean."

Yep. You said it.

Coach Joe says that Greg Blache feels good about the state of the defensive line. Well, that may be, but there is no shortage of people in the organization who would tell you that the D Line was the biggest position of need at the end of last season, and still is today. I fully expect these guys to explore trade options for the DE in the coming weeks, but as we know making those deals is very hard to do.

In the end the Skins were hamstrung by the lack of real gems in this draft and can't miss kids. The best talent was at positions they simply didn't need to address, and they were stuck at 6. It will be very interesting to monitor the career of Amobi Okoye - who went 10th overall to Houston and was the second-highest rated defensive player on Washington's board.

Taking Okoye at 6 may have been a little high, but like I said earlier in the week, I would have taken the risk at a position where there are serious issues.

As for Landry, Coach says the whole front office pretty much went to Landry's personal workout for them a few weeks back. They love his attitude, aggressiveness, ballhawking skills (sound like Taylor, anyone?) and he projects to a playmaker in the seconday. LaRon is not a Taylor clone, however, in terms of personality and some off field stuff.

So that's pretty much it. Coach Joe all but ruled out the Skins getting an additional pick today, and says they are focused on finding some players tomorrrow. They need to hit on a linebacker - again, there are some worries about Marcus's hip (Gibbs says he has been cleared to workout) and Rocky's knee beeing lingering injuries - and, by all means, find a D Lineman, too, at least for more depth.

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 28, 2007; 1:54 PM ET
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