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Breaking down the draft, pick-by pick

6. Washington Redskins

The pick: LaRon Landry, S, LSU

Scouts take: It's impossible to say whether this is the perfect move for Washington at this point because the Redskins have so few picks and no one knows exactly what transpired in terms of trade offers leading up to the pick. If they weren't offered quality value for the pick, then taking Landry is an excellent move. Though the Redskins have more pressing needs than safety, it is a need and there's nothing Landry can't do. He is a tough run defender who takes the shortest path to the ball and delivers big hits. He times hits well and punishes receivers who go over the middle. He can cover the deep half of the field and can match up with slot receivers.

One area of concern is his ability to play the ball when it's in the air, but he has adequate ball skills and should benefit from lining up next to Sean Taylor. Taylor's excellent range and ability to play a center fielder-type role will help protect Landry. Finally, having such talented safeties gives the Redskins more freedom in terms of mixing as well as hiding coverages and helps the pass rush out by forcing quarterbacks to hold on to the ball longer.

20. New York Giants

The pick:Aaron Ross, CB, Texas

Scouts take: Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters have both lost a step and are now liabilities when left on an island, so taking a corner makes sense and the Giants got an excellent one in Ross. He possesses a very good blend of size, speed, instincts and ball skills. If he develops as expected, he'll emerge as a playmaking starter in the NFL. Don't overlook the impact he should make on special teams because the Giants made Chad Morton a cap casualty and need help in that area. It's also worth noting that Central Michigan OT Joe Staley also would have been an excellent selection.

26. Dallas Cowboys

Pick acquired from Philadelphia

The pick: Anthony Spencer, DE, Purdue

Scouts take: Dallas' reputation for taking defensive players continues with the selection of Spencer, who capitalized on an impressive senior season by moving into the first round. Spencer is an explosive up-the-field player who has excellent initial quickness and closes well once he turns the corner, so he should make an immediate impact rushing the passer. He's also big and tough enough to develop into an effective run stopper. However, this isn't a great pick. First off, Spencer isn't big enough to line up at defensive end in a 3-4 scheme and he may not be athletic enough to develop into an every-down outside linebacker. More importantly, the Cowboys have far more pressing needs.

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One area of concern is his ability to play the ball when it's in the air, but he has adequate ball skills and should benefit from lining up next to Sean Taylor. Taylor's excellent range and ability to play a center fielder-type role will help protect Landry. Finally, having such talented safeties gives the Redskins more freedom in terms of mixing as well as hiding coverages and helps the pass rush out by forcing quarterbacks to hold on to the ball longer.

^^^ Exactly why we didn't draft a d-lineman.

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Wait... so you mean having two dynamic safetys scaring QB's from throwing to the middle will make the QB hold the ball longer? No way! :laugh:

I dont understand why people dont see that the secondary is just as big a part of the pass rush. Rewind to the Carolina game. We had the same defensive line. However, we lined up man to man on the outside, let Taylor roam, and had vernon Fox play deep center field. What was the result? A terrible game out of Delhomme in which he barely had time to throw all day.

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Yeah we have a nice player to pair with S Taylor.

However comma you don't ignore the defensive line or attempt to say its ok because of what happened 2 years ago.

Using blitzes or creative coverage scheme to mask the defensive line woes doesn't mean we no longer have defensive line woes.

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