Redskins fans have spoken: If the Redskins stay at No. 6 in the April 28-29 NFL Draft, fans want the team to select Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams.
In Redskins.com's Draft Day Pick 'Em interactive mock draft, fans chose Adams by more than 60 percent over other potential draft picks, including Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson and Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch.
Adams is a 6-5, 265-pounder who was a prolific sack-master in college. He has great speed off the edge, allowing him to record 9.5 sacks for the Tigers in 2005, and 12 sacks last season.
In four years at Clemson, he logged 28 sacks, 168 tackles and 44.5 tackles for a loss.
Adams is regarded as somewhat light in frame, but he should be able to bulk up in the pros to become more of a classic defensive end and a force at stopping the run.
Some draft guides have compared Adams favorably to Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice.
In high school, Adams played 8-man football at Cambridge Academy and then moved on to Fork Union Prep in Charlottesville, Va. As a senior at Fork Union, he had 58 tackles, 22 sacks and two interceptions in 10 games.
In selecting Adams in the mock draft, Redskins fans chose the top defensive player on the draft board.
Here are the top six picks by fans:
|Redskins.com Interactive Mock Draft|
|1. Oakland||JaMarcus Russell, QB||LSU|
|2. Detroit||Brady Quinn, QB||Notre Dame|
|3. Cleveland||Adrian Peterson, RB||Oklahoma|
|4. Tampa Bay||Calvin Johnson, WR||Georgia Tech|
|5. Arizona||Joe Thomas, OT||Wisconsin|
|6. Washington||Gaines Adams, DE||Clemson|
The Redskins have identified defensive line as a need position in this year's draft. The defense logged just 19 sacks last season, a league low, and the lack of a consistent pass rush also hindered the Redskins' secondary.
The 2007 draft class is thought to be especially strong for pass rushers.
However, the Redskins are exploring options, including using the No. 6 pick to trade down in the draft. It's possible the team could obtain a solid defensive end with a later pick.