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Posted at 12:04 AM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Redskins set to pick 10th in 2011 NFL draft

By Rick Maese

With the regular season finished, the top portion of the NFL draft has come into focus and the Redskins will likely hold the No. 10 overall pick.

Washington was one of seven teams to finish the regular season with a 6-10 record. The NFL uses strength of schedule to break the tie, which puts the Redskins behind San Francisco, Minnesota and Detroit, but ahead of Dallas, Houston and Tennessee.

Seattle's win over St. Louis Sunday night actually bumped the Redskins up a spot. The Seahawks picked up their seventh win of the season, dropping them behind all of the six-win teams in the draft.

By Rick Maese  | January 3, 2011; 12:04 AM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft  
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Posted by: roccoskins | January 3, 2011 12:10 AM | Report abuse

i guess via strength of schedule we finished 4th in division?

Posted by: overzealous08 | January 3, 2011 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what punt returner Jerry Jones will choose with his number nine pick.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | January 3, 2011 12:23 AM | Report abuse

So is this final? We officially pick 10th?

Posted by: patljr7 | January 3, 2011 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Thank god Newton will be off the board..

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 3, 2011 12:30 AM | Report abuse

maybe the skins will find a way to get LUCKy in this draft

Posted by: AhsanFamily | January 3, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Giants DT Cofield on Redskins fans cheering GB win: "That shows you the state of their team, that they were cheering about us failing. That's when you have no success, those are the kind of things that excite you."

Seriously, Barry?

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 3, 2011 12:31 AM

Nice pull Lisa...

F the Ginas, they we're a DHall away from losing to the lonely Redskins. Gano contributed as well.

Props to the fans for cheering..."GB wins"

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 3, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Hall has been coached by Haslett to play the way he does. Its easy to say ship him but then you need to replace him. The team has much greater needs that replacing DHall. Its ludicrous to suggest otherwise. Like his style or not, he is a top tier NFL CB.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe |

Thanks. After today's game I needed a laugh. So you are saying Haslett coaches Hall to give up the big 92-yard bomb, and then a key third down play?

Are you saying Haslett is conspiring to get the 'skins a higher draft pick?

If this kid barnes continues to improve, put him at corner, let Hall play nickle where he can't do as much harm as he has.

In case you haven't noticed his approach, it's to lurk near the receiver and jump routes. Unfortunately, that has resulted in many key plays against him. Sheesh.

Posted by: TheCork | January 3, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Interesting factoids from the season:

· The Redskins completed their 13th pass of 40 or more yards, which tied them with Denver for the third-most in the league behind Philadelphia (15) and San Diego (14). Washington also has 12 runs of at least 20 yards, which makes them one of only five teams with double digit totals in 40-yard pass plays and 20-yard runs.

· The Redskins registered their league-leading ninth completion of at least 50 yards on the season, which is tied with Oakland and Philadelphia for the most in the NFL. Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong has three receptions of at least 50 yards, tied with Chicago’s Johnny Knox, New Orleans’ Robert Meachem and Tennessee’s Kenny Britt and Nate Washington for third-most in the league behind Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace (4) and Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson (6). Redskins tight end Fred Davis and San Francisco’s Vernon Davis are the only players at their position to have two catches of at least 50 yards. In fact, Davis has two of the 11 receptions by the league’s tight ends this season to cover at least 50 yards.

· Anthony Armstrong notched 84 receiving yards to give him 871 on the season. Coupled with Santana Moss (1,115), it marks the first time since 1999 that two Redskins wide receivers topped the 800-yard receiving mark. That year, Michael Westbrook had 1,191 and Albert Connell registered 1,132. Armstrong’s 871 receiving yards on the season were the most for any Redskins wide receiver other than Moss since 2004 (Laveranues Coles – 950).

-Moss (1,115), Armstrong (871) and Chris Cooley (849) became the first Redskins trio to top 800 receiving yards since 1989 when Gary Clark (1,229), Art Monk (1,186) and Ricky Sanders (1,138) accomplished the feat.

-Brandon Banks’ 73 punt return yards gave him 431 for the season, which is the most for a Redskin since Brian Mitchell had 506 in 1998. Banks is currently third in the NFL with 358 punt return yards.

-Tight end Chris Cooley made five receptions to give him 420 for his career, the sixth-most in Redskins history. Cooley is two shy of passing Jerry Smith (421) for fifth-place in Redskins history and the most ever by a tight end.

-Cooley’s five catches gave him 420 for his career and moved him past Brent Jones (417) and Charlie Young (418) for the 22nd-most ever by a tight end. Cooley is three receptions shy of moving past Jerry Smith (421), Bob Tucker (422), and Jay Novacek (422) and into the top 20 all-time among tight ends.

-Cooley’s 53 receiving yards gave him 4,638 for his career, which moved him past Bob Trumpy (4,600) and Jay Novacek (4,630) for 35th-place among tight ends in NFL history.

-Cooley’s 53 receiving yards have him 849 for the season, which ties his career single-season high, set in 2008.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 3, 2011 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Just look at the way Grossman runs those bootlegs and you get the picture of what Shanahan doesn’t want. I almost positive that Shanahan is going to fall in love with Jake Locker...I like Locker but the 10th pick needs to be a can't miss prospect.

Posted by: Diesel44 |

I like Locker too, but he'll be gone by tenth, methinks. Also, sad to say, there IS no such thing as a can't miss prospect--particularly at QB,

Posted by: TheCork | January 3, 2011 12:51 AM | Report abuse

-Cooley’s 53 receiving yards gave him 4,638 for his career, which moved him past Bob Trumpy (4,600) and Jay Novacek (4,630) for 35th-place among tight ends in NFL history.

-Cooley’s 53 receiving yards have him 849 for the season, which ties his career single-season high, set in 2008.

Posted by: scampbell1975 |

Those ARE interesting factoids. Oddly, I think receiver may be one of the few positions of strength going into next year.

MOSS as a slot guy has a couple years left, at least.

ARMSTRONG was the find of the year on offense--and he was at Redskin Park all along.

AUSTIN: I can see him contributing next year.

COOLEY: Had no idea his numbers were so huge already.

PAULSEN: Can be a blocking tight end of value.

KELLY: WHo knows?

DAVIS: Who knows? He should be miuch better than he is, but nice backup protection for Cooley.

BANKS: Like Hester was brought along, may get a shot at WR now and then.

Posted by: TheCork | January 3, 2011 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Well first we have to get a 3 and a 4th for Haynesworth and McNabb..I don't know who will bite, but someone has to. I'm sure we can get atleast a 4th for McNabb....Haynesworth should fetch a 3rd or a 4th....Also, it may be a REACH, but see what Cooley will fetch...IF IT'S LESS THAN A 2ND, DON'T DO IT..

If we get some picks for either Mcnabb or Haynesworth, we should stay put unless, someone is willing to make a trade that lands us two picks this year, or another 1st and a 2nd 2012 draft. Otherwise make the pick at 10.

As for who, I like going WR Julio Jones, or an OL......I'm leaning more towards WR because of the contract issues of Moss and injury prone MK (if we keep him)......also who ever is qb, will need to have some weapons to throw to.

2nd rd picks...I think that we then can actually draft a QB...or this can be that OL,or FS since we don't have one..OR..if we don't get anybody for McNabb/Haynesworth/ back for some more 2nd and a 4th.

Later picks.....honestly, some REAL linebackers, a Oline/dline and if they are smart, a good steal at FB, Darry Young is okay, but he hasn't played the position long enough for me, but I do like his hustle..we'll see..

Rookie Free Agents.....AS MANY REASONABLY OL'S you can muster. Listen..Ol is not hard position..I'm sure there are some that can help.

Regular Free Agency.....FIRST OF ALL NO PLAYERS OVER 28, unless they are dynimite UNINJURED players. So no more Hollidays, no more Kemo' more Jamaal Browns and john becks....
But they need to get some young quality Olinemen, there should be some centers and atleast 2-4 B+ to C average lineman that can hold blocks for the qb to get rid of the ball.
**maybe we may have to shell out some money for some LB's and DE, but if they are under 28, might not be too bad. Futher more
**We may have to pay a talented CB if we don't resign stonehands Rodgers back, or we can sign him back to a minimal deal

But that's all I can think off now....I'm sure the CBA will no doubt throw all that I've said off, but DRAFT..DRAFT..GET PICKS..are the most obvious thing.

Posted by: impervious99 | January 3, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Are you saying Haslett is conspiring to get the 'skins a higher draft pick?

Posted by: TheCork | January 3, 2011 12:41 AM |

Dude - a little late in the day for that. The time was the Jack game, an easily loseable one. Everyone was excited about that win and the possibility that mebbe Grossguy was magically going to morph into a decent QB. Hah! It was a joke to even think that way. Now the Skins are picking 10 instead of mebbe 5 or 6. At the top, moving up 4 or 5 spots can be a big deal.

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow impervious, that was one of the least football knowledgeable posts I have ever wasted my time reading. You actually said this: "Listen..Ol is not hard position..I'm sure there are some that can help." And that's just the beginning. I feel stupider for having read anything you posted. I won't make that mistake again.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 3, 2011 1:18 AM | Report abuse

If this kid barnes continues to improve, put him at corner, let Hall play nickle where he can't do as much harm as he has.

Posted by: TheCork | January 3, 2011 12:41 AM |

Barnes is a dud. After 2 yrs in the NFL he should have at least 25 lbs more muscle than he has. It's like he needs a GPS device to locate the weight room. When Eli made the mistake of not sliding and Barnes had a chance for a kill shot he barely made contact. Christ Almighty.

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

When Eli made the mistake of not sliding and Barnes had a chance for a kill shot he barely made contact. Christ Almighty.

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011 1:21 AM |

For what it's worth he said he thought Eli was going to slide so he didn't tee off on him.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 3, 2011 1:31 AM | Report abuse

I like Locker too, but he'll be gone by tenth, methinks.

Posted by: TheCork | January 3, 2011 12:51 AM |

I haven't seen him much but he looks more like an athlete than a QB to me. He didn't show much in the Neb bowl game. The Combine should help sort out the QB draft situation after Luck. Locker being gone by 10 could be a function of whether or not Luck comes out. Plus several of the teams drafting ahead of the Skins have QB needs but not every QB available would suit those needs. Also, at least a couple of those teams (Cleve, Char) drafted QBs last yr without much luck (or should I say Luck?). They might be gunshy about rolling the dice on a QB not named Luck so soon again.

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Here's the draft order:
1. Carolina (2-14) drafted Clausen
2. Denver (4-12) drafted Tebow
3. Buffalo (4-12)
4. Cincinnati (4-12)
5. Arizona (5-11)
6. Cleveland (5-11) drafted McCoy
7. San Francisco (6-10)
8. Tennessee (6-10)
9. Dallas (6-10)
10. Washington (6-10)
11. Houston (6-10)
12. Minnesota (6-10)
13. Detroit (6-10)
14. Miami (7-9)
15. St. Louis (7-9)
16. Jacksonville (8-8)
17. New England (14-2)
18. San Diego (9-7)
19. New York Giants (10-6)
20. Tampa Bay (10-6)

You would think Arizona and San Francisco will draft QB's. Tennessee maybe as well if Fisher stays and Vince Young goes. A lot will hinge for us on if Luck comes out(a lot of scuttlebutt has him coming back for his redshirt junior season). Just saw a mock draft where they have Carolina taking Luck, Buffalo taking Newton, and Cincy taking Mallett. They have us reaching for Locker at 10 which would be a disaster. I'd rather have who they have Miami taking at 15- Pouncey from Florida.

Posted by: stever37 | January 3, 2011 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Locker looks like this year's Jimmy Clausen to me... could go in bottom half of the first, or even as low as early 2nd round, depending how things shake out.

Posted by: PDXskin | January 3, 2011 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: stever37 | January 3, 2011 2:01 AM |

Good job.

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011 2:09 AM | Report abuse

The best way to fix a bad team like the Redskins is to draft the best player on their board at the time they draft. No need for crippling trades or knee-jerk, bubble gum card FA signings...realize that this team is in need of serious repair and be smart for once.

Posted by: sorry2say | January 3, 2011 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Just saw a mock draft where they have Carolina taking Luck, Buffalo taking Newton, and Cincy taking Mallett. They have us reaching for Locker at 10 which would be a disaster. I'd rather have who they have Miami taking at 15- Pouncey from Florida.

Posted by: stever37

I'm a Pouncey Fan. Would love to slot him next to T WIlliams for the next ten years. But ten is a little high for him. Should lob a call to Pittsburgh, see what they'd offer to put him next to his brother. 'Skins need lots of bodies.

How is Locker a disaster? They haven't even had the combine yet, and unless you got clips saying the same thing about Ryan Leaf before that draft--I'm not buying it.

Not saying he's a lock--just too soon to tell.

Posted by: TheCork | January 3, 2011 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Five Thoughts: Giants 17, Redskins 14

By: John Keim 01/02/11 11:17 PM
Examiner Staff Writer

1. Graham Gano is on the clock. There’s no way the Redskins go into training camp with Gano as the only kicker. He cost them a shot at beating the Giants and his missed kicks hurt them in close losses to Houston and Tampa Bay as well. He has a big leg and his kickoffs are good, but he’s paid to make field goals – and a 30-yarder shouldn’t be an adventure. But it always is with him. I’d heard how tough he was mentally, but it’s hard to think that’s the case. If his leg is this good, then it must be mental. Is that a function of youth or is this just who he is? The Redskins have been patient with him, hoping to see what he could become. Wonder if they would have been that patient had they been a legit contender. They hoped he would develop. He hasn’t. It’s hard to say he’s a much different kicker at the end of the season than he was at the beginning. Problem is, they also need to find a punter. Their kicking game was dreadful and they know it and they know it must be fixed. Bank that one. The Redskins lost five games by three points or less this season; one reason for that was the inconsistent kicking game (in addition to a few other issues).

2. Trent Williams didn’t have a great finish. Williams was doing OK in the first half, but Osi Umenyiora had no problems with him in the final two quarters. And man did he set him up. Umenyiora kept rushing inside early in the second half and each time he got a little closer to breaking through. Williams was not stopping him. So what happens? On third and three from the Giants’ 30 in the fourth quarter, Williams sets for an inside rush against Umenyiora, who naturally takes off upfield. Result? A sack/fumble of Rex Grossman. Later, Williams was off-balance in what he was expecting to get and Umenyiora got inside him a couple more times.

Now, on the failed fourth-down run, coach Mike Shanahan said RB Ryan Torain should have cut it upfield. Instead, he went outside and Umenyiora broke off Williams to make the stop. I want to see the replay of that one to see if that indeed was the case. Regardless, Williams was inconsistent. You could see his athleticism, but you could also see the areas he needs to improve. He was better vs. stunts Sunday and experience will help him learn what players like to do in certain situations. For now, he’s a talented rookie who was capable of anything – good or bad. Don’t know where he’ll head based off this season.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 3, 2011 5:44 AM | Report abuse

3. The locker room was strangely upbeat. Could be because the season was over and they’re a little bit relieved. But there’s no doubt it was more upbeat than after any loss I’ve seen in a while. I think it helps that they know who’s in charge; they trust him and they like the direction they’re headed. Not sure I share their enthusiasm just yet because a couple important positions still need to be filled. Until we know who the quarterback is – Rex Grossman has proven he’s a good backup -- it’s hard to get excited about them in a division where at least two teams are much further along. And Mike Shanahan’s record as a personnel guy is not good. But it really doesn’t matter what I think now, does it? Most players genuinely seem to want to stick around.

4. DeAngelo Hall needs a pass rush. OK, the entire defense does but bear with me. The reason Hall has given up more big plays than normal is partly a function of the pass rush. There is none. Sunday, they tried to use Brian Orakpo in different spots. Because the Giants like to slide their protection, the Redskins countered by moving Orakpo around to keep them guessing. Maybe they’d catch the Giants sliding the wrong way and Orakpo would get to Eli Manning. But in 29 pass attempts the Redskins didn’t sack Manning once. Now, back to Hall. He’s going to the Pro Bowl because he takes chances at corner. He did so on the 92-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham, staying inside on the route and trying to force a tough throw over the top.

Hall likes to set up quarterbacks hoping to con them into a quicker throw. Tough to do that when they have all day and that was the case on this one. Of course, Hall should also know that he doesn’t have a pass rush – hasn’t really had one most of the year -- and he can’t take certain chances. It’s great to be instinctive and to play a certain way, but you also have to adjust to your surroundings. In some cases this season for Hall smarter would have been better. Still, Hall had a chance to intercept 10 passes this year; if the Redskins find another pass-rushing linebacker he might get even more.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 3, 2011 5:46 AM | Report abuse

5. The Redskins need a young player like Vonnie Holliday. Perhaps no player better understood his role in the defense more than Holliday. Watching him all season it’s clear he knew the proper angles to take and he knew how to play with leverage. At 35, he just couldn’t have done it in a full-time role for 16 games. But it’s not a coincidence that the run defense improved with him playing more the last two games for injured Kedric Golston. But what the Redskins need is to find a young player who has been in a 3-4 who understands how to play it; makes a difference. Nobody set up his teammates better than Holliday. See, the Redskins don’t just need a pass-rushing linebacker, they need a lineman who can threaten the quarterback, too. One big difference between the Redskins and New York is the Giants collapsed the pocket with their tackles. Time and again, they shoved the Redskins guards back. Really, there were several times I was a little surprised Grossman got the pass off; not sure how he saw his target and he had nowhere to step up into the pocket. Makes the ends more dangerous as well. The Redskins have no one like that (though, of course, they did). So even if they get another linebacker, they’ll still need to find a lineman who can rush as well. This defense will not be complete until that’s the case. I also think this speaks to needing to find at least one more guard who can anchor better vs. bigger tackles. It’s needed in the NFC East. It’s great to use some finesse, but you need to play a physical style to win in this division.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Posted by: beep-beep | January 3, 2011 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Im not a Locker fan and I hope Shanahan isn't either. I would like to see them get Andy Dalton from TCU.
I also hope they don't use any picks on RB's. What we have are fine....and young.
Try and get more picks via trades for Haynesworth, McNabb and Portis.

Posted by: westjr88 | January 3, 2011 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Cork, thanks for reminding all that you are in fact a f'ing idiot.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 3, 2011 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Let's see... Hmmm... Who could my Eagles dump on the Deadskins this year to get that 10th pick. Hmmm. an All-Pro QB (has-been???)?? Oops been there, done that...

Oh yeah, "what a dumb thing it was for the Eagles to trade within the Division." Deadskin's Number 5 Jerseys have been marked down 75% at Modells!!!

Posted by: Dog-1 | January 3, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Dog-1.....carry your arse and enjoy your one playoff game. Scrub

Posted by: westjr88 | January 3, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I'd prefer to see us trade down to acquire more picks. This team has multiple holes and there's nothing set in stone that says you can't get a franchise quarterback after the first round (see: Brady, Tom). We need to stop depending on the quick fix and big names, and play younger, hungrier players who are more likely to be out to prove something than those who just come to DC for the big payday.

Posted by: stwasm | January 3, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

It appears that the Skins pick 7th according to NFL Offical Standings. What am I missing?

Posted by: Spanglerg | January 3, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Not even a Bama fan but anything against Julio Jones in the first round Greg McElroy in the 2nd? He's a winner and a Rhodes Scholar like Peyton Manning.

Posted by: ryjufox3 | January 3, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me but if there is anything worse then a 7-9 team hosting a playoff game and a team 11-5 is the fact that we finished last in the NFC East which makes our 6-10 worse than Dallas's 6-10 by virtue of a better division/conference record so how in the H*ll do they get to pick before us??? Once again we get screwed explain that NFL powers that be? On top of that you'll have a 7-9 team Seattle who will pick in the latter half of the draft just because they won the division something is very screwy here...

Posted by: papaskynz | January 3, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Florida center Pouncy in the first round is the best thing to do. He is the top rated center. We have the Qb protected , now we need to move the interior d line off the ball and block up blitzes.If we do not build the O line first we and our QB will suffer. Is it his brother who plays with the steelers?

Posted by: tttyler | January 3, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh we HAVE to be worse than that!

20 years of rebuilding... and counting!

Posted by: Redskinrex | January 3, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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