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2012 Mock Draft:Mel Kiper Has Morris Claiborne To Washington Redskins

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper just released his latest mock draft. As of right now, Kiper has the Washington Redskins selecting LSU CB Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 pick.

The Redskins are a team I could certainly see moving off this pick, but if the draft broke this way, the pick makes a lot of sense on both need and value. And obviously, what the Skins could do in free agency for their offense is something I'm considering. Tyrann Mathieu got the headlines at LSU, but the best cornerback on the team was Claiborne. He's the top corner in the draft, and while the Skins have offensive needs, they should also be willing to draft best available when possible because the roster needs more talent, period. While not quite the athlete, Claiborne is actually a better pure cover corner than Patrick Peterson, the No. 5 overall pick from last year.

Given the Redskins trouble at the corner back position last year, this sounds like a good pick to help a defense sure itself up. However, the Redskins have a lot of other pressing needs, particularly on the offensive line and quarterback.

For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, visit Mocking the Draft and SB Nation's NFL page. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.