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Where Should Redskins' Horton Go?

As we redo the first round of the NFL draft using on-field performance, there is but one issue at Redraft headquarters this week: How high should Redskins safety Chris Horton go? We admit that the fluky nature of his previous interceptions gave us doubts. But his play Sunday against the Cowboys changed all that. For now, we'll put him 15th overall. But what do you think? As always, your Redrafts are welcome.

1. Miami
2008 Pick: OT Jake Long.
Dolphins had the week off but Long will be tested by the Chargers.
Redraft: Long. He was No. 1 last week.

2. St. Louis
2008 Pick: DT Chris Long.
A 31-14 loss to the Bills gets Coach Scott Linehan fired. Would a better pick here have changed anything?
Redraft: WR Eddie Royal. The former Hokie (Denver, second round, 42nd) is up to 27 catches with a couple touchdowns.

3. Atlanta
2008 Pick: QB Matt Ryan.
Back on the seesaw. Awful numbers Sunday in loss to Panthers (21 for 41, 158 yards) after a good performance a week earlier.
Redraft: Ryan.

4. Oakland
2008 Pick: RB Darren McFadden.
How would you like to work for Al Davis?
Redraft: RB Matt Forte. The stud rookie (Chicago, second round, 44th) was put in his place by the Eagles Sunday (2.3 yards a carry) but still leads all first-year rushers in yards.

5. Kansas City
2008 Pick: DE Glenn Dorsey
. He has only 13 tackles in four starts.
Redraft: QB Joe Flacco. Baltimore's first-round pick (18th) faces a very difficult day against the Titans.

6. New York Jets
2008 Pick: DE Vernon Gholston
. Is 10th among rookie linebackers in tackles. TENTH.
Redraft: McFadden. Drops here from No. 4. He's averaging 5.3 yards a carry.

7. New Orleans
2008 Pick: DT Sedrick Ellis.
One sack Sunday does not make up for previous struggles.
Redraft: WR DeSean Jackson. Redskins next up to try to silence Jackson (Phildelphia, second round, 49th) who has 22 catches, six of more than 20 yards.

8. Jacksonville
2008 Pick: DE Derrick Harvey.
How does the No. 8 pick have only three tackles? And where's the pass rush?
Redraft: Jerod Mayo. The Patriots, who took him at No. 10, had bye week.

9. Cincinnati
2008 Pick: LB Keith Rivers.
Still playing well for a dreadful team.
Redraft: Rivers.

10. New England
2008 Pick: LB Jerod Mayo.
Redrafted to Jaguars at No. 8.
Redraft: Long. Drops here from No. 2 so Belichick can get him right.

11. Buffalo
2008 Pick: CB Leodis McKelvin.
Playing in nickel packages and returning kicks.
Redraft: CB Antoine Cason. The 27th pick, by the Chargers, has been far more productive.

12. Denver
2008 Pick: T Ryan Clady.
We'll assume the Kansas City game was a blip.
Redraft: Clady.

13. Carolina
2008 Pick: RB Jonathan Stewart.
Leads all rookie running backs with four touchdowns.
Redraft: Stewart.

14. Chicago
2008 Pick: OT Chris Williams
. Sidelined because of back surgery.
Redraft: RB Chris Johnson. Tennessee's first-round pick (24th) scored two touchdowns in 30-17 victory over Vikings.

15. Kansas City
2008 Pick: OG Branden Albert.
Chiefs won big Sunday but Albert sat out most of the game with hyperextended elbow.
Redraft: S Chris Horton. You don't think the UCLA ballhawk (Washington, seventh round, 249th) could help that defense?

16. Arizona
2008 Pick: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Cardinals gave up 56 big ones to Jets; Rodgers-Cromartie did have an onsides kick recovery.
Redraft: RB Steve Slaton. The Mountaineer (Houston, third round, 89th) had 116 total yards and a touchdown Sunday in loss to Jaguars.

17. Detroit
2008 Pick: OT Gosder Cherilus.
Matt Millen's final first-round pick. Need we say more?
Redraft: Dorsey. He drops here from No. 5.

18. Baltimore
2008 Pick: QB Joe Flacco.
Redrafted to Chiefs at No. 5.
Redraft: Ellis. He drops here from No. 7 as Ravens take best overall player left on Redraft board.(FRIDAY UPDATE: Ellis is now out two to four weeks because of a knee injury).

19. Carolina
2008 Pick: OT Jeff Otah.
Injured his right ankle in third quarter against Falcons.
Redraft: Otah.

20. Tampa Bay
2008 Pick: CB Aqib Talib.
Injuries have been a factor; we're tired of waiting.
Redraft: Gholston. Drops here from No. 6 on the assumption that predraft hype could not have been completely wrong.

21. Washington
2008 Pick:
Traded pick to Atlanta, which took OT Sam Baker.
Redraft: Trade. After victory over Dallas, we'll give Vinny Cerrato the benefit of the doubt on all those second-round receivers. Besides, a concussion has slowed Baker.

22. Dallas
2008 Pick: RB Felix Jones.
Did zippo against the Redskins.
Redraft: Jones. We had him Redrafted higher last week but not after Sunday.

23. Pittsburgh
2008 Pick: RB Rashard Mendenhall.
Gets a chance to play because Willie Parker was hurt, and then gets his shoulder fractured and is done for the season. Damn.
Redraft: RB Ray Rice. Rutgers product (Baltimore, second round, 55th) was barely used Monday against Steelers even after Willis McGahee got hurt, so this might be a Redraft reach.

24. Tennessee
2008 Pick: RB Chris Johnson.
Redrafted to Chicago at No. 14.
Redraft: Harvey. He drops here from No. 8.

25. Dallas
2008 Pick: CB Mike Jenkins.
After watching Terence Newman flail against Redskins you have to wonder why Jenkins couldn't beat him out.
Redraft: McKelvin. Cowboys take him in Redraft after he drops from No. 11.

26. Houston
2008 Pick: OT Duane Brown.
Said he wants to get fellow rookie Slaton to 1,000 yards.
Redraft: Brown.

27. San Diego
2008 Pick: CB Antoine Cason.
Redrafted to Buffalo at 11.
Redraft: CB Brian Witherspoon. The Stillman College grad (Jacksonville, free agent) has been among the league's top 10 kick returners.

28. Seattle
2008 Pick: DE Lawrence Jackson.
Still waiting for a first-round pick on defensive line to be worthy of his big paycheck.
Redraft: Albert. He drops here from No. 15

29. San Francisco
2008 Pick: DT Kentwan Balmer.
See Jackson above.
Redraft: LB Curtis Lofton. Oklahoma product (Atlanta, second round, 37th) won the starting middle linebacker job and is second in tackles among all rookies.

30. NY Jets
2008 Pick: TE Dustin Keller.
Still don't understand why they took a tight end here. Has six catches.
Redraft: TE John Carlson. The Notre Dame product (Seattle, second round, 38th) has 12 catches for 168 yards.

31. NY Giants
2008 Pick: S Kenny Phillips.
Hasn't been anything special.
Redraft: Phillips.

By Emilio Garcia Ruiz  |  October 2, 2008; 10:16 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I'm big Chris Horton fan, and hope he can leverage this quick start into something special.

I'd say he falls to the Redskins at 22 (they keep the pick to snatch him forever changing their 2008 draft/reciever splurge). Keep in mind they skins had the inside track from DeWayne Walker. Though I think his production speaks for itself, Horton seems to be a zone hawk with graet insticts as opposed to the clear the runway-ball hawking safety/freak that is usually coveted in the top 10 or 15.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | October 2, 2008 2:35 PM

Wow 2 Hokies in the first round. Yet we've had a pretty pedestrian offense for...ever.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | October 2, 2008 2:55 PM

Fun concept but totally absurd. It's way too soon on most of these guys to know anything. You're actually dropping Felix Jones because he wasn't given the ball? Are you kidding?

A much more interesting piece would be re-drafting the draft from 3 years ago, after you've seen what guys can do on the field.

Posted by: government bailout | October 2, 2008 5:54 PM

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