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Draft needs: Washington Redskins

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With the NFL Draft approaching, we’re taking a team-by-team look at the needs of each club. The Redskins, without a first round pick for the second straight year because of the trade for quarterback Robert Griffin III, are up next. They have six overall picks, including No. 34 overall, at their disposal and defense should be a major priority.

Defensive End: The defense needs help everywhere after a dreadful 2013 showing, so we might as well start our look at the Redskins up front. Signing Jason Hatcher was a step in the right direction, but the talent still needs to be upgraded if the Redskins are going to stop teams from steamrolling them again this year.

While the Redskins don’t have a first-round pick, the depth of the draft should allow them to consider potential starters with the 34th pick. Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman has his detractors, but he also has the ability to be a very good starter in the league.

Cornerback: DeAngelo Hall is back for a 12th season, but the Redskins need to start thinking about other options at the position. That’s true even if David Amerson makes strides in his second season because Tracy Porter is not a long-term answer either.

There are no shortage of options available on the second and third days of the draft at corner, including Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir, Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Florda’s Louchiez Purifoy. If Hall and Porter are sound, a rookie could spend the year developing with an eye on stepping forward in 2015.

Safety: The fact that the Redskins re-signed Brandon Meriweather and brought in Ryan Clark for a swan song says a lot about the team’s confidence in big steps forward from 2013 draftees Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas.

If everything breaks right, the group could work but Meriweather’s health issues and Clark’s age make that an iffy bet. A more prudent course would be to add to the position in hopes that competition turns up a higher level of play than the team got last season.

Right Tackle: There are no problems at left tackle where Trent Williams continues to play at a high level. That’s not true elsewhere on the line. The interior was addressed in free agency, so we’ll look to upgrading on Tyler Polumbus at right tackle.

Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio and Virginia’s Morgan Moses could be available at the top of the second round while Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort and Michigan’s Michael Schofield would be considerations if the Redskins decide to play a more patient hand at tackle.

Inside Linebacker: London Fletcher is gone, but the Redskins re-signed Perry Riley and brought in Daryl Sharpton and Akeem Jordan as free agents. There’s room for an upgrade there, especially after watching the Redskins miss tackle after tackle last season. Wisconsin’s Chris Borland could be a possibility, but a better bet may be to address the position later while focusing on some of the more pressing needs above.

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18 Responses to “Draft needs: Washington Redskins”
  1. wwwfella says: May 5, 2014 9:14 AM

    HAIL!!!

  2. ariani1985 says: May 5, 2014 9:24 AM

    LOL!!!

  3. nygmann says: May 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    You know what. I have had it with the numerous mock drafts on various websites and NFL shows. The 2 1/2 week extension in which we have a late draft really makes this process too drawn out. The NFL blew it! I almost have no interest in this draft now. Enough!

  4. hendawg21 says: May 5, 2014 10:47 AM

    Hmmm, your choice of needs don’t carry much weight or else you’d be a talent scout or GM instead writing for this rag…

  5. 10and46httr says: May 5, 2014 12:07 PM

    Rag indeed…….they are a joke!

  6. ill42 says: May 5, 2014 12:08 PM

    I love how everyone says they are burnt out on draft coverage and have now lost interest with the extra 2 week wait. But I guarantee the draft will once again set a ratings record and probably beat any live sporting it is up against on Thursday night.

  7. tomthumbsblues says: May 5, 2014 12:09 PM

    D. Hall is back for his 12th season, but he’s only 30, and has actually played pretty well for the Redskins. An inside linebacker would help; an offensive lineman, especially on the right side, and some depth at safety.

    If the defense can just be average this year, their offense should keep them in enough games to compete for the division. There’s a lot of mediocrity in the NFC east, right now.

  8. brettjohnfox says: May 5, 2014 1:50 PM

    I’m lost as to why everybody is saying the ‘Skins need to add a RT. It’s like everybody forgot about 2013 and is watching 2012 game tape.

    Polumbus was bad in 2012 (-21.7 PFF ranking). Last year? He was much better. He was the 19th ranked tackle out of 76. That’s not the 19th best RT…that’s the 19th best OT. He improved his pass protection pretty drastically from an awful 2012, though his run blocking was not as strong.

    Chester on the other hand? Chester was a sieve. Lich wasn’t much better (but is moving to C). Yes, in 2012 Chester was the 10th ranked RG according to PFF. Last year? -5.5 PFF ranking. Much shakier in pass protection.

    The most egregious claim in this article? That the Redskins ‘addressed’ the interior line issues in free agency. Lauvao? Really? This is what PFF had to say about him after the season. “Dud: You can get by with players like Shawn Lauvao (-7.3) when the rest of your line is so good.”

    McGlynn, from the Colts, is even worse. From PFF: “Dud: You don’t often notice guard play unless it’s really bad. Well, you’d have to have missed a large percentage of the Colts’ offensive snaps not to see Mike McGlynn (-25.1).”

    So, we’re worried about replacing Polumbus when 2/3 of the above guards are going to be starting? Yea, I think I’ll stick with my hope that they take a 2nd or 3rd round guard.

  9. thirdistheworrd says: May 5, 2014 2:07 PM

    tomthumbsblues says:
    May 5, 2014 12:09 PM
    If the defense can just be average this year, their offense should keep them in enough games to compete for the division. There’s a lot of mediocrity in the NFC east, right now.
    ___________________
    Yes and no. The defense can be upgraded over the next ten years, but if Griff keeps taking hits like he he did last year, he’ll never be elite. Defense is the obvious choice in rounds 3-7, but the first pick has to be a right tackle.

  10. tomthumbsblues says: May 5, 2014 4:03 PM

    Yes and no. The defense can be upgraded over the next ten years, but if Griff keeps taking hits like he he did last year, he’ll never be elite. Defense is the obvious choice in rounds 3-7, but the first pick has to be a right tackle.

    —————————–

    Yes, that’s why I said they need to upgrade the right side of the offensive line.

    Also, the Redskins were just informed that Tanard Jackson has been reinstated by the League, which I think almost guarantees they’ll take an OL with their first pick.

  11. bigballzchipkelly says: May 5, 2014 4:29 PM

    The skins need, 4 starters on oline, qb, dline, cab, safety and punter. They have some wrs though. Lol

  12. bigballzchipkelly says: May 5, 2014 4:30 PM

    And linebacker

  13. tomthumbsblues says: May 5, 2014 5:17 PM

    Yeah somebody in the east needs some WR’s but it’s not the Redskins.

    They have two very good linebackers, and the signing of Hatcher should make their pass rush very strong. Getting an IL would help even more.
    They signed two punters who will battle it out in camp. Signing Ryan Clark should help at safety.

    They’re also very good at RB and TE.

    A lot of their success will comedown to how Griffin plays. If he’s close to his 2012 form, they should win the division.

  14. internetcareer says: May 5, 2014 11:22 PM

    Here is some positive stuff for ya…..

    The Redskins secondary is in fine shape, if Jim Haslett has thrown out his previous cover scheme which he has used forever. That scheme is soft zone and play soft cover and play 10-12 yards off the receivers. Do not believe that Shanahan forced him to give up yardage because Haslett did this for 4 years and his defenses elsewhere were just as bad. He has received a great excuse by blaming Shanahan but in order to make people buy the excuse that Shanahan “shackled him”, Haz will have to do the OPPOSITE of what he has done in the past. Press coverage, lots of blitzing, heavy duty pass rush, creative schemes….like I said the opposite of what he has done in the past.

    If he does that my opinion is that Amerson will be dynamic in Press Coverage. D. Hall competent. Clark never gets injured and he is “smart”. No..take that back…Ryan is a thinking man’s coach on the field and he will be the brains of this defense. Merriweather is great…if he isn’t injured and leading with his helmet. I think Thomas starts at Strong Safety before the year is out and he needs to become an “ENFORCER”. He has the build for it.

    Baker is MUCH better than anyone gives him credit for and I believe last year it was fortunate that Bowen was injured because otherwise Baker would not have been given that learning opportunity. We will witness a BREAKOUT year from this guy. He is difficult to run again…very good quickness for a big, big man…and I expect him to push the pile. I can only hope that Cofield is not used at Nose tackle because Barry is a DT. Very good DT….poor NT. Haz…put Barry where he belongs at D.E in the 3-4.

    Believe it or not, I think the Redskins can jump up to 50 sacks this season with a more aggressive scheme and if the offense scores much more. Look for both of those things to occur.

    Special teams has not been ignored and I believe we will see at least one special teams player specifically targeted in the draft on SATURDAY. 2014 will bring a top 10 special teams group to D.C. I will give your a money back guarantee on that.

    Hope this analysis has brightened you day. I’ll save the offense for later.

  15. internetcareer says: May 5, 2014 11:28 PM

    P.S. Little known fact. Perry Riley has more tackles in the past 2 seasons than San Francisco’s all world pro bowl linebacker Patrick Willis.

    And Riley is HEALTHIER than their other all world pro bowl linebacker.

    He is also very good on the blitz and I expect Haslett to use him more in that capacity. He has the potential to have 5-6 QB sacks.

  16. tomthumbsblues says: May 6, 2014 5:22 PM

    Now Jacksons’ contract has been terminated.

  17. snyper94z28 says: May 7, 2014 6:52 PM

    People say the nfl blew it by pushing it back 2 weeks, but that shows the lack of knowledge on tbe situtation. Radio city had already scheduled an event for the days the nfl wanted. The nfl didnt push back the date, radio city music ball did.

  18. tomthumbsblues says: May 7, 2014 8:36 PM

    Now Jackson’s back.

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