Redskins could take tight end or safety
Mel's latest mailbag takes a look at the first-round strategies of four different teams and examines this year's top two offensive linemen.
Q: With coach Joe Gibbs taking control of the Washington Redskins, what area do you see the team addressing in the draft?
Red, Centreville, Va.
Q: I am a New York Jets fan, and I must say, with the exception of last year, I have been disappointed with the team's draft decisions. What do you see the Jets doing with the 12th overall pick?
Adrian Suarez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
KIPER: The Jets could use another wide receiver and could go in that direction at No. 12, but defense is the biggest problem right now, despite the fact New York used four of its first five picks on defensive players last season. The cornerback position needs to be shored up, and the Jets could look to someone like South Carolina's Dunta Robinson or USC's Will Poole. The Jets also need linebackers with speed, which is where Miami teammates Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams would fit in nicely. Should they decide to go with a wideout, though, Reggie Williams of Washington and Michael Clayton of LSU might rate high enough to go at No. 12, or the Jets could get a quality receiver like Ohio State's Michael Jenkins, Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods or Wisconsin's Lee Evans in the second round.
Q: Is the No. 6 pick too early for the Detroit Lions to take a running back? If so, who would available in the second round?
Lance, Taylor, Mich.
KIPER: The Lions should probably wait until the second round to take a running back. Steven Jackson of Oregon State and Kevin Jones of Virginia Tech are borderline first-round picks, as is Chris Perry of Michigan, so there is a good possibility that one of those players will fall to Detroit in the second round. And should players like Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams of Auburn and Cedric Benson of Texas decide to enter the draft, there will definitely be some quality backs available at that point.
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