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Redskins' prospects with No. 4 pick: Trent Williams


With the first round of the NFL Draft just hours away, today we'll take a look at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the fourth overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Check back for updates.

Player: Trent Williams, tackle, Oklahoma

Basics: 6-foot-4, 315 pounds. Potentially, he has the most upside of any tackle in the draft because of his athleticism and versatility.

Why he might fit: What? Didn't you notice how the Redskins' tackles played last year? Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels retired in March after missing most of the season because of a severe neck injury. With Donovan McNabb the new starter at quarterback, the Redskins would prefer to protect him better than they did Jason Campbell. Williams played both tackle spots for the Sooners and also started at center and played well in their final game of the season.

Reasons against the pick: Stephon Heyer worked on the left side during minicamp, but he is better suited for a backup role. Ideally, the Redskins need someone to step in immediately and anchor the line at left tackle, and some talent evaluators believe Williams might be more effective on the right side. Also, Williams needs to add more muscle, a veteran AFC offensive line coach recently said, and some teams apparently have questions about his work ethic.

Chances Redskins draft him: 80 percent. Williams seems to make the most sense for the Redskins, who must replace Samuels. Interestingly, Samuels is scheduled to represent the Redskins during the first round at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He'll relay the Redskins' pick to NFL officials.

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft  
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Comments

OL. OL. OL.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 22, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, what's going on with the percentages. Just say that chances are "very high", "high" and "somewhat likely" (for Williams, Okung, and Berry, respectively).

Posted by: KShark28 | April 22, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

All this % stuff that doesn't add up tells me one thing. JReid is applying for a job at Goldman Sachs.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 22, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"and some teams apparently have questions about his work ethic."

Let's give him $45 million guaranteed. That'll turn his work ethic around.

Danny

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | April 22, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This must be the really new math devised by Stephen Hawking.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | April 22, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, enough with the percentage chance for each pick. Either have them actually add up to a hundred percent or just do without. Between the 80% for Williams, 75% for Okung, 60% for Berry, 20% for Bradford, 10% for Clausen, we're already at 245% here. This is just stupid.

Posted by: CPortisRun | April 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Not to defend Reid but I'm pretty sure he is doing each player separatley out of 100%.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 22, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

All this % stuff that doesn't add up tells me one thing. JReid is applying for a job at Goldman Sachs.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 22, 2010 4:14 PM

Goldman Sachs doesn't take half-wits. His best shot is to be a regulator at the SEC.

I know the guy studied journalism but someone on the Post has to be bright enough to explain this stuff to him.

Posted by: League-Source | April 22, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

See you all at 7pm

Posted by: TWISI | April 22, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe JReid is right on his %. He's obviously expecting us to trade, so we can draft 2-3 people in the top 8 or so. Gutsy call by JR, but as we've seen, the man has nothing if not plenty of guts.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 22, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Berry it is.

Jason La Canfora
Other teams expect Redskins to take Berry at No. 4

Posted: April 22nd, 2010 | Jason La Canfora
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this would make sense.. only because Shanahan, true to form in past Drafts, hasnt said squat about Berry.
He views the Draft as a large poker game and he has never, in the past, praised or even mentioned his eventual pick(s).

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 22, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

AH to the Saints makes sense in that NO (GG) plays the type of defense AH likes. Remember GG has close ties to with Fisher in their defensive philosophy.

Posted by: TWISI | April 22, 2010 4:17 PM

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TWISI: I hear ya, and certainly valid points (connecting GG with Fisher), but here's what I'm thinking. Schwartz was the DC in Tennessee before going to Detroit. Teaming AH with Suh could be what they're looking for, or getting AH and drafting Okung could be the way they go. Either way, they send the 3rd to NO and we get Jammal Brown (along with other Compensation). I don't think NO wants problems, and they are EXTRA careful not to upset the fanbase there with players who don't give 100% (sorry for the percentage. Ha!) I think NO will take the draft picks and build up that D with bodies, which has always been GG's MO.

Posted by: C-DubDC | April 22, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Berry it is.

Jason La Canfora
Other teams expect Redskins to take Berry at No. 4

Posted: April 22nd, 2010 | Jason La Canfora
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this would make sense.. only because Shanahan, true to form in past Drafts, hasnt said squat about Berry.
He views the Draft as a large poker game and he has never, in the past, praised or even mentioned his eventual pick(s).

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 22, 2010 4:27 PM
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Conversely.. recall how effusive Shanahan was about Jason Campbell when he arrived.
"Jason is a great QB.. His best days are ahead of him"..yada yada.. Look where Jason is now?
So, this is the Shanny MO. Praise the Hell out of players you're trying to trade to raise their value in the eyes of other GMs.. And stay mum about the players you covet to keep them under the radar. Smart.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 22, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Well if we do take the safety I hope we don't package him with some other guys/picks and trade for Bradford. But I'm still thinking this is part of the smokescreen and that Shanahan and Allen are pulling these media guys' strings like they're a bunch of marionettes.

Posted by: League-Source | April 22, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Imma flip the script real quick.

A little mind-boggler here.

What if you gave the percentages in a reciprocal manner. What I mean by that is, what if you gave the percentage that a certain player will NOT be drafted by the Redskins? (i.e. Williams = 20, Okung = 25, Clausen = 90, etc.)

Sensibly, those numbers could not add up to 100. Why is that?

Why would the "will draft" percentages need to add up to 100, but the "won't draft" percentages not?

Posted by: psps23 | April 22, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

take berry, move him to LT.

chapmionshimp....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

take berry, move him to LT.

chapmionshimp....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse
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Yeah, either that or they'll have to sign up one of these unathletic RI bloggers to play LT, 'cause there isn't any on the current roster that's qualified....

Posted by: skinsfan713 | April 22, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Survey:

Which of the following players won't be a Redskin 72 hrs from now? You can answer more than once and add other players to the list.

Albert Haynesworth
Jason Campbell
Carlos Rogers
Fred Davis
Chris Cooley

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 22, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Survey
* * *
Add Carter and McIntosh to the list just for sake of completeness.

I say AH is the most likely not to be a Redskin 72 hours from now.

Posted by: manlius1 | April 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth
Jason Campbell
Carlos Rogers

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth, Campbell, Carter

Posted by: League-Source | April 22, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's give him $45 million guaranteed. That'll turn his work ethic around.

Danny

Posted by: groundhogdayguy

You know, I think that's how Mr Snyder thinks. Whatever you may think about Danny, he earned his millions. And he does have a code of integrity and loyalty (how else could Cerrato have stayed so long?).

So I think to his mind, if he pays you big bucks you will be willing to work hard to prove you were worth it. Which is nice.

Unfortunately, that's not how it works for most players.

Posted by: lordtwang | April 22, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 22, 2010 4:40 PM

None of the above. I think they all stay on the team for now because teams may feel they can get them later for half price when we're desperate to sell.

I hope I'm wrong though. Would love to get a 4th rd for JC. Can't see a 3rd for him.

Posted by: will_ga | April 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Where's 4th? Did he slip down a loophole while doing Alice's taxes? Impose self-exile upon realizing Spiller won't be the pick?

Posted by: SMACK1 | April 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

bleep

Posted by: SMACK1 | April 22, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@psps23 the "won't draft" %s don't have to add up to 100 because there are lots of people you don't draft and only one you do. For example 100% probability YOU will not get drafted.

Posted by: tsaxsteve | April 22, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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