The Redskins, as expected, stayed out of the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. They are scheduled to pick twice Friday night—19th in the second round (51st overall) and 23rd in the third round (85th overall).
Washington watched as linemen dominated the first round. Nine offensive linemen and nine defensive linemen were selected among the first 32 picks, a sure indication of how much teams value rushing and protecting the quarterback in today’s NFL.
Three safeties were selected in the first round. New Orleans drafted Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro 15th overall, San Francisco traded up to select LSU’s Eric Reid 18th and Baltimore picked Florida’s Matt Elam 32nd.
Four cornerbacks went off the board. The New York Jets drafted Alabama’s Dee Milliner 9th, Oakland took Houston’s D.J. Hayden 12th, Atlanta traded up to take the University of Washington’s Desmond Trufant 22nd (with the pick the Redskins traded to St. Louis in March 2012) and Minnesota drafted Florida St.’s Xavier Rhodes 25th.
The Redskins did not have a first-round pick because they included it in last year’s trade to St. Louis to move up to position themselves to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III.
In the NFC East, Philadelphia took super-athletic Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson fourth. The New York Giants drafted Syracuse guard Justin Pugh 19th. Dallas traded down from No. 18 and selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.