Washington Huskies defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu has been seen no higher than a second-round pick in many mock drafts.
However, in the latest mock draft from Russ Lande of the Sporting News, he has the Redskins selecting the nose tackle with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft:
The Redskins want to make an upgrade at quarterback, but they are not sold on Tannehill with a pick this high. So they grab Ta'amu, who at 6-3, 330 pounds can be a dominant interior force in their 3-4 scheme.
Considering most folks don't even have him in the first round and the Redskins are said to be considering a quarterback their highest priority, you can imagine the folks at Redskins Talk are confused:
Positionally the choice makes zero sense for the Redskins. They signed Cofield to a multi-year deal last season and the ex-Giant produced a solid campaign while transitioning into the nose tackle role. Sure, Cofield may never become a Vince Wilfork-esque pocket collapsing presence in the middle, but scuttling that plan after one season, not buying it. Not even a little.
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