Redskins, Ravens, Bengals need wideouts

Mel Kiper's latest mailbag looks at the draft needs of four teams and the prospects for West Virginia QB Rasheed Marshall.

Originally Published: February 2, 2005
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
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Will the Washington Redskins be looking to draft an offensive lineman, clearly a weakness from last year, or might they go for a wide receiver like Mark Clayton of Oklahoma or Braylon Edwards or Michigan?
Mike, Jackson, N.J.
KIPER -- Washington's main need along the offensive line is at center. The Redskins need a big, physical anchor to take on all those huge defensive tackles, and if they can't get one through free agency they might look at Michigan's David Baas, a former guard who moved to center. He is not tremendously athletic, but Baas is a big street fighter with strength and a mean streak. He would make a lot of sense with Washington's third-round pick, but he will likely be off the board in the second round and the 'Skins don't pick in that round.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.