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Redskins draft Q&A with Tracee Hamilton, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

For the latest edition of her daily "First Things First" chat, Post columnist Tracee Hamilton is talking Redskins draft rumors. Submit your questions, but first, read on to see what's on her mind:

Trade up for Sam Bradford? Pick Jimmy Clausen in the first round? Pick Tim Tebow in the first round? Pick any quarterback in the first round? With the draft three weeks away, there is plenty of grist for the Redskins' rumor mill.

Eschew the quarterback in the first round, I say! Eschew it! Sam Bradford has injury issues. Jimmy Clausen is recommended by Vinny Cerrato. Tim Tebow is not a first-round pick. And this team has more needs than a kid at Christmas. Go on, tell me I'm wrong.

By David Larimer  |  March 30, 2010; 10:30 PM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft  
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okung, then lefevouer in 2nd, thats a good draft

Posted by: hcic55 | March 30, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Okung, Lefevour. Or Okung, Saffold & Grab Sean Canfield in the 4th. If Shanny really can groom a QB to be great, he'll 1) need the O Line shored up and 2) be able to take a lesser rated prospect like Canfield or Lefevour.

Posted by: MadeRED | March 30, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Or Okung, another Tackle and Pike in the 4th.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 30, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

"You want to know how politics works in America? I'll tell you.

'I think the puppet on the left supports my position'

'Well I think the the puppet on the right supports my position'

Hey wait. There's one guy holding both puppets!"

-Bill Hicks

As for Washington, I'd say Okung, but if the Lions take him we should go with Baluga before McCoy, Suh, Berry or (barf) Clausen; assuming we can't trade down (which I don't see happening). Extreme Need at LT trumps best available. Although Suh would be really hard to pass on.

Posted by: brianearman | March 30, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

david Larimer?!...seems like a fighter...i like that on this blog

Posted by: altarkenton | March 30, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Take Bradford or Clausen. Teams go years looking for QB's. To be in the top 5 with two viable franchise quarterbacks, the Skins must seize the moment. Ask the Rams who bypassed Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez. It's not difficult finding a LT in round 2....ask New England, Indianapolis, Green Bay and more. All have 2nd round LT's.

Posted by: tramellcanady | March 30, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

david Larimer?!...seems like a fighter...i like that on this blog

Posted by: altarkenton | March 30, 2010 11:03 PM |

I like it too.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 30, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Or Okung, another Tackle and Pike in the 4th.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 30, 2010 10:53 PM
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Okung 1st and another OLine position player in the 2nd and Jevan Snead in the 4th.
Pike got smoked by Snead at the Combine. Jerry Rhome loves Snead.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 30, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse


Or Okung, another Tackle and Pike in the 4th.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 30, 2010 10:53 PM
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Okung 1st and another OLine position player in the 2nd and Jevan Snead in the 4th.
Pike got smoked by Snead at the Combine. Jerry Rhome loves Snead.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 30, 2010 11:35 PM |

Either or...as long as it's oline in the 1st I don't care. I prefer another in the 2nd but I'll be happy with 1 in the 1st.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 30, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Or Okung, another Tackle and Pike in the 4th.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 30, 2010 10:53 PM
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Okung 1st and another OLine position player in the 2nd and Jevan Snead in the 4th.
Pike got smoked by Snead at the Combine. Jerry Rhome loves Snead.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 30, 2010 11:35 PM |

Either or...as long as it's oline in the 1st I don't care. I prefer another in the 2nd but I'll be happy with 1 in the 1st.
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skins did this once (1st and 2nd picks, OLine), I believe..May and Grimm in 81.. core beginning of the Hogs.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 30, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I can' believe the love for LeFevour on this blog. People obviously don't educate themselves very well. LeFevour had a "god awful" pro day last week, looked simply horrible, and blamed it on everyone but himself. Real smart. If the 'Skins select him, that would be really moronic.

Posted by: wagman1 | March 30, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Take Bradford or Clausen. Teams go years looking for QB's. To be in the top 5 with two viable franchise quarterbacks, the Skins must seize the moment. Ask the Rams who bypassed Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez. It's not difficult finding a LT in round 2....ask New England, Indianapolis, Green Bay and more. All have 2nd round LT's.

Posted by: tramellcanady

Seriously? Yes, teams go years look for QBs because they draft them in the first round and they DO NOT pan out...see: Matt Leinart, Alex Smith, Vince Young (tbd), David Carr, Jamarcus Russell....need I go on???

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 31, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Okung with our first pick....Jarrett Brown (QB) in the 4th round...

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 31, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Lisa, you're right, only you forgot Jason Campbell.

Posted by: wagman1 | March 31, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Ya know I keep seeing people say this team needs so many needs that it can't address....i disagree with that. I think because the skins had bad coaching the last two seasons and that Zorn was a lame duck over half of last season and all of a sudden people say they need all this and that etc etc....

Do they have needs YES...is it as extensive as sports writers keep saying...I say a huge NO...

They have needs but its not that freakin bad!

Posted by: leevi98 | March 31, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Take Bradford or Clausen. Teams go years looking for QB's. To be in the top 5 with two viable franchise quarterbacks, the Skins must seize the moment. Ask the Rams who bypassed Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez. It's not difficult finding a LT in round 2....ask New England, Indianapolis, Green Bay and more. All have 2nd round LT's.

Posted by: tramellcanady

Seriously? Yes, teams go years look for QBs because they draft them in the first round and they DO NOT pan out...see: Matt Leinart, Alex Smith, Vince Young (tbd), David Carr, Jamarcus Russell....need I go on???

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 31, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I think Matt Leinart, Alex Smith and russell..the jury is still out and they are also TBD...

Posted by: leevi98 | March 31, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Or Okung, another Tackle and Pike in the 4th.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 30, 2010 10:53 PM
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Okung 1st and another OLine position player in the 2nd and Jevan Snead in the 4th.
Pike got smoked by Snead at the Combine. Jerry Rhome loves Snead.

1st Okung (OT)
2nd Roger Saffold (OT) Indiana
4th John Skelton (QB) Fordham Pike is a toothpick...
5th Lanyae Miller (RB) Fresno St.
7th Erik Cook (C/G) New Mexico

Posted by: edvar | March 31, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

"......two viable franchise quarterbacks[BRADFORD and CLAUSEN], the Skins must seize the moment....."

Highly debatable in my book. I haven't seen anything on t.v., or read many expert opinions that put the "franchise" label on these guys.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 31, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

1st Okung (OT)
2nd Roger Saffold (OT) Indiana
4th John Skelton (QB) Fordham Pike is a toothpick...
5th Lanyae Miller (RB) Fresno St.
7th Erik Cook (C/G) New Mexico

Posted by: edvar | March 31, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Like the list except MILLER at RB. We need a ILB.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 31, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Like the list except MILLER at RB. We need a ILB.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 31, 2010 12:23 AM |

So you would rather see Josh Hull or Joe Pawelek or maybe Micah Johnson if he's still around?

Toss up. We need both - and a FS.

Posted by: edvar | March 31, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I feel like a broken record....

Okung at #4. Then trade our 2nd for Gaither.

I agree with Lisa_R, Jarret Brown in the the 4th. John Skelton is also a nice prospect.

Posted by: XCountryTrevor | March 31, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

1st Okung (OT)
2nd Roger Saffold (OT) Indiana
4th John Skelton (QB) Fordham Pike is a toothpick...
5th Lanyae Miller (RB) Fresno St.
7th Erik Cook (C/G) New Mexico

Posted by: edvar | March 31, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

I like the Skelton pick but a little later. Kid's got wheels and a bazooka but hasn't played against anyone and has accuracy 'issues'. Let's not forget that Shanny didn't build and maintain an outstanding O-line in Denver with high draft picks. He'll get a project QB late that can use a little pine seasoning and wait for next year to get his #1 guy......much better class of QB's. Let's be honest they'll probably still be picking in the top 15. #1 Pick is going to be traded or used on someone you are not hearing much about at 4. If Suh, Berry or McCoy drop they'll take one of 'em.

Posted by: Holehoggin | March 31, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Boswell lays out the case. Though I think its tough to trade down.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/30/AR2010033003787.html

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 31, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Skelton won't be there in the 5th round, too good a prospect (hearing he might go in the 3rd round...). As a fourth rounder, he'll have a year or two to develop. Could end up being one heck of a pick-up.

Two years in a system with a good QB coach will straighten out those accuracy concerns, then look out.

Posted by: edvar | March 31, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Ya know I keep seeing people say this team needs so many needs that it can't address....i disagree with that. I think because the skins had bad coaching the last two seasons and that Zorn was a lame duck over half of last season and all of a sudden people say they need all this and that etc etc....

Do they have needs YES...is it as extensive as sports writers keep saying...I say a huge NO...

They have needs but its not that freakin bad!

Posted by: leevi98

I'm gonna agree with this. The Skins had playoff talent last year. If they were healthy, well coached and motivated.

They had an OL that was a disaster waiting to happen. And predictably, it broke down. Portis came in out of shape and brought nothing with him. The defense brought in Orakpo and Haynesworth and didn't improve because the secondary regressed. Zorn was awful.

The talent was there. But the team needed to be healthy and play to its talent level. Not even close.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 31, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

In only his second full year as a starter, Jason Campbell played on a team without star RB Clinton Portis and without even his backup, without either offensive tackle and without their best guard, and without his favorite receiving target, Chris Cooley. How did Campbell respond?

By posting career highs in completions, attempts, completion %, yards, touchdowns and quarterback rating.

And you wanna use a top five pick on a QB?

Face it, with the team literally falling apart due to injuries, poor coaching, and bad attitudes, Campbell kept the team competitive.

Reward him by giving him some protection for once. Draft Russel Okung and maybe even trade for Jared Gaither. Face it, it doesn't matter if we have Drew Brees to throw the ball if no one protects.

Posted by: thezapperdigital | March 31, 2010 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I think clausen is going to prove everyone wrong. We'll see how the workout goes. Not all of the drafts under Cerrato were bad. If the Redskins do draft Clausen, I hope he doesn't end up a Ryan Leaf.

Posted by: jordan6909 | March 31, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

I think clausen is going to prove everyone wrong. We'll see how the workout goes. Not all of the drafts under Cerrato were bad. If the Redskins do draft Clausen, I hope he doesn't end up a Ryan Leaf.

Posted by: jordan6909

Vinny actually did OK on grabbing talent in the draft. It was the lack of a strategy that sucked him down. He drafted more TE than OL with early and mid-round picks. You gotta put 5 OL out there every play, usually only 1 TE. So we have 2 good TE and an OL full of holes.

The last point you make is the most important. If the Skins use the #4 pick to draft a QB and it turns into another Ryan Leaf (or Heath Shuler), Shanahan will have dug himself and this franchise into a very deep hole.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 31, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Two questions:

-Who the f*ck is Tracee Hamilton?

-Why the f*ck should I care?

If it ain't Boswell or Wilbon, don't peddle that here.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 31, 2010 5:21 AM | Report abuse

One guy holding both puppets, and the puppets got cellphones and get paid for fake demonstrations (Tea party, etc.)...Too much harassment, can't even go to the grocery store without being provocateured, buncha fake moralizing "Patriots" on their fascist cellphone network, America's gone to the electronic collared dogs, good f****in luck, out....

Posted by: frak | March 31, 2010 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Just read the Boswell column, good stuff. Hopefully the Skins trade down and get some more picks. Probably won't happen, but I sure would love to give that #4 pick to the Pats for their 1st rounder and a few of their 2nd rounders...

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 31, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Just read the Boswell column, good stuff.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 31, 2010 5:35 AM

Best line, about Tebow: "I prefer quarterbacks like Johnny Unitas or Joe Montana who made the defenses do the praying."

Posted by: League-Source | March 31, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, got a chuckle outta that too LS. I'm sure someone will come on here later b*tching about that too...

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 31, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Brown,

I agree on Tracee, what experiance does she have and why should I read anything from her.

Everybody is to caught up in who to take, many factors will decide that. I still believe that Okung will be gone. Should we take a QB well I say no, but then again I sit in a cubicle and work on servers all day so what the F do I know.

If Shanny thinks that Bradford or Claussen is that good then I would take his word over the posters here, and over the Wapo. writers who really don't know sh_t either.

Shanny has never put an o-line out that couldn't block, and he hasn't always had the best o-linemen.

I would have major issue with trading up for Bradford, but that wont happen no matter how hard J-Ried pushes for it.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 31, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Agreed Flound.

This is a draft to get MORE picks, not less. Especially when you have as many holes we do. I just have a hard time believing they go out of their way for a guy with as many question marks as Bradford. If he's there at #4, then I get it. Trading up for him would be stupid.

I saw some of the video from his Pro Day and all I could look at was his skinny legs. A couple weeks behind this O-line, and we'll relive the Theismann injury all over again...

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 31, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

We should address the offensive line in the draft this year. If it doesn't workout with Campbell this year, we trade up to get a franchise QB next year (like the Jets did with Sanchez), when we would have the draft picks to trade up!

Or, if we really suck, we won't have to trade up, to pick a QB next year.

How good would Sanchez have been if he wasn't behind a oline that has Pro Bowl players?

Seems like there are too many questions with the "franchise" Qbs to take a chance anyway..Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, David Klingler, David Carr, HEATH SHULER!!..don't do it!

Posted by: skins09 | March 31, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Seems like there are too many questions with the "franchise" Qbs to take a chance anyway..Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, David Klingler, David Carr, HEATH SHULER!!..don't do it!

Posted by: skins09 | March 31, 2010 7:01 AM

Agree that they probably shouldn't take a QB @ 4, but your list is silly: Rivers, Manning, Manning, Rothlisberger, Vick, Ryan, McNabb. How many of your dud list were drafted by Mike Shanahan?

Posted by: League-Source | March 31, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Agree that they probably shouldn't take a QB @ 4, but your list is silly: Rivers, Manning, Manning, Rothlisberger, Vick, Ryan, McNabb. How many of your dud list were drafted by Mike Shanahan?

Posted by: League-Source | March 31, 2010 7:26 AM


Shanny, didnt have to draft a QB in the top half of the draft because he already had Elway.

Posted by: Raef | March 31, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Me Likey this Larimer kid!

Posted by: DikShuttle | March 31, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Like the list except MILLER at RB. We need a ILB.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 31, 2010 12:23 AM |

So you would rather see Josh Hull or Joe Pawelek or maybe Micah Johnson if he's still around?

Toss up. We need both - and a FS.

Posted by: edvar | March 31, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

U-m-m, yes?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 31, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Simply put;
Round one: Left Tackle
Round two: Right Tackle
Round four: Running Back
Round five: Defense
Round seven: Special team

Best available player on each position.

Posted by: abxinc | March 31, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Trade up for Bradford? NO, can't afford the picks. But if he falls to #4, take him.

If he's gone by #4, take Okung or trade down and get more picks.

Take the QB from Fordham later.

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | March 31, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

For anyone that thinks we should not take a Left Tackle in the first round. Remember last year with all the problems the line had when Samuels went down. It showed the importance of the position, as well as the fact, the Skins do not have a backup. We also had many issues at Right Tackle, Heyer may not be the answer on that side. So as a minimum, we need a Left Tackle who can survive in the NFL as a rookie, we need a backup so he can at least take a breather (pray he does not get injured). The other guys on the roster, and the new backup Left Tackle can fight for who starts on the right. But to sum it up, we need two tackles that can play the left side, one to start, and one that will provide backup. Shanahan may work wonders with the line overall, but we have a proven need for Left Tackle, unless he is going to run a two tight end alignment all season and not split them out. But then you really cramp your offense and the defense puts just about everyone in the box.

Posted by: skins50 | March 31, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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