With the 34th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Washington Redskins select Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. Jefjil is serving as the Redskins' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
Although the Redskins (look for their new name of Warriors or Spanglers -- yes, Ghostbusters fans, this is a direct reference to Egon and a play on "The Star-Spangled Banner") do not have a first-round pick because of the RG3 trade from two years ago, Washington feels like it landed a proven talent with the acquisition of DeSean Jackson in free agency. This not only filled a major need at WR to pair with Pierre Garcon, but it opens up the draft to make a pick based on upgrading as opposed to filling a position of need alone.
New head coach Jay Gruden wants to become younger, stronger and more physical. CBs Bradley Roby and Kyle Fuller were contemplated, as they would have been a welcomed influx of youth to an aging secondary. I would've considered DT Ra'Shede Hageman if he was available as well.
Bottom line is they MUST protect their franchise quarterback who is coming off a rough year after major knee surgery. Even though Cyrus Kouandjio had medical concerns during the combine, Washington is comfortable with the updated examination evidence. Kouandjio will pair well with Trent Williams, providing solid pass protection for RG3 and strong run blocking for Alfred Morris. Welcome back to the days of the Hogs.
Check out the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.