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Before we get started, here's a slight recap of what the Redskins have done in free agency, who they still may sign or re-sign, who they may cut and some team needs.
Free Agent Signings
WR Aldrick Robinson
DE Doug Worthington
OLB Brian Orakpo (Franchise tag)
S Jose Gumbs
ILB Perry Riley
OG Shawn Lauvao
WR Andre Roberts
LB Adam Hayward
ILB Darryl Sharpton
DE Clifton Geathers
DE/DT Jason Hatcher
CB Tracy Porter
K/P Jake Rogers
P Robert Malone
S Brandon Meriweather
Pending Free Agents/Visits/Re-Signs
OLB Anthony Spencer (visit)
TE Owen Daniels (visit)
OT Donald Penn (currently visiting)
WR Kenny Britt (scheduled to visit)
S Ryan Clark (visit/negotiating)
S Reed Doughty
OLB Rob Jackson
Possible Current Roster Cuts (Cap Moves)
DE Stephen Bowen
OG Chris Chester
OT Tyler Polumbus
S, ILB, OG, OT, WR, TE, CB, OLB, DE
- Safety is the most clear cut need at this point even with Meriweather back and if Clark and Doughty sign/re-sign. The problem is that none of these guys are long term solutions. The book is still out on S Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas. More or less, the Redskins have had trouble finding consistent starters since Sean Taylor and Ryan Clark were the starting pair.
- The Redskins can use more depth at LB for two reasons: 1) is that there is no guarantee that Brian Orakpo will be back in 2015. Also, Darryl Sharpton is a stop-gap until the Redskins can find another starter on the roster. 2) The Redskins could use more LBs to help out on special teams.
- The Redskins want to get bigger on the O-line and have started the process with the addition of Shawn Lauvao and the cutting of C Will Montgomery. Still the team may want to get bigger in the draft which has some decent O-line prospects.
- The Redskins need to find some more WR depth. I can't see Moss on the roster past 2014 (if he even makes the roster) and beyond Garcon and Roberts there are way to many question marks. This draft is incredibly deep with wide receivers.
- Don't think the Redskins need another tight end? You're wrong. Jordan Reed had an amazing 2013, but can he stay on the field. Logan Paulsen is primarily a blocker who can make the occasional short yard catch. Niles Paul hasn't panned out as a TE but is too valuable at STs to lose.
- Cornerback is another deep position in this draft class and the Redskins should consider a player in this draft. D. Hall and Tracy Porter are two year options but beyond Amerson, the Redskins don't have any guaranteed long-term depth.
- Defensive End could use another pass rushing upgrade especially if the 'Skins cut Bowen to make some cap room.
So let's take a look at my initial take on the 'Skins in a 7 round mock.
Note: I'm using a combination of the Big Boards from Walter Football, NFLDraftScout (CBS) and Fanspeak to help with player rankings.Also all videos are not of my own making, so check them out and support those who made them.
Meaningless Mock v1.0
#34 Overall (2nd Round)
LB, Ryan Shazier - The Redskins love to send London Fletcher and Perry Riley up the middle on blitzes and they should really like Shazier who could play all three downs and has the speed to cover and go from sideline to sideline. A player like this could be very versatile as he can play inside or move and play on the outside. Looks like he'll need to get better at disengaging from blocks at the next level but this guy could be a day one starter. SOW's Adam Banig wrote a detailed article on why Shazier should be the Redskins top choice.
vs. Michigan (2012)
#66 Overall (3rd Round)
vs. UAB (2013):
#98 Overall (4th Round)
#130 Overall (5th Round)
vs. Oregon (2013)
#162 Overall (6th Round)
OT, Seantrel Henderson - A player that has the dreaded "P" word (Potential- a word that has gotten many a GM, scout and head coach fired) but for a 6th round pick, its worth taking a shot at him. The biggest problems are having him get more consistent and off field problems.
vs. FAU (2013)
#194 Overall (7th Round)
Next Week: Another mock, some more updates post-free agency and a look at a few more players who may fit the Redskins' schemes.