Last week NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock spent nearly three hours on a conference call breaking down the draft needs of every NFL team.
When he considered the Redskins, Mayock predicted Washington would use it’s early second-round pick, which is actually No. 34, to bolster depth at wide receiver.
“I know Jay (Gruden) really well and Jay loves to throw the football, but from a Washington perspective, you’ve got Pierre (Garçon) and beyond that? (Aldrick) Robinson, is he going to develop?
“At 35, wide receiver kind of matches up with who Jay wants to be and Jay wants three, four, five quality wideouts, and he wants to push the ball down the field. He sits there early in the second round and who is going to be there, (Jarvis) Landry? I would sprint to the podium if I could get Landry at 35. (Odell) Beckham, Brandin Cooks from Oregon State, there are really good football players and wide receivers who can contribute immediately.”
Let’s take a look at two Bayou Bengals and a Beaver:
Weight: 195 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.77 seconds
Resume at a glance: Landry declared for the draft after an impressive junior campaign in which he led LSU in all three major receiving categories with 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns. An All-SEC performer, Landry led the country with six third-down touchdown receptions. Landry reportedly injured his hamstring running the 40, which accounts for a mediocre time, but speed might not be the most vital part of his game anyway.Per the New Orleans Times Picayune, “Landry is generally considered a possession, or slot, receiver whose strengths are his toughness in traffic and strong hands that allow him to make difficult catches.”
Weight: 198 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.43 seconds
Resume at a glance: Beckham partnered with Landry in LSU’s wide receiver corps. He won the 2013 Paul Hornung Award presented to major college football’s most versatile player and was named to the All-SEC team as a an all-purpose player. Beckham passed the 1,000-yard mark as a receiver, averaged 26.9 yards per kick return and 10.1 yards per punt return. The receiver acted as scout team quarterback against LSU’s defense while the Tigers prepared to face Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. Beckham nailed his Combine workout, which could boost him out of the Redskins’ range.
Weight: 189 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.33 seconds
Resume at a glance: Cooks won the 2013 Biletnikoff Award presented to college football’s best receiver. As a junior at Oregon State he set single-season Pac-12 records with 128 receptions and 1,730 receiving yards, the most in FBS. Cooks crushed his Combine workout, running the fastest 40 among wide receivers and set a record in the 60-yard shuttle (10.72 seconds). “This kid’s special with the ball in his hands,” Mayock said.
Watch Cooks blaze past the competition in Indianapolis.-REDSKINS-
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.