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The Washington Redskins are owners of the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and are expected to package that selection in order to jump to number two (in a trade with the St. Louis Rams)—where they would select Baylor’s Heisman-trophy winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins averaged 18 points last season—good enough for seventh worst in the league.
With Rex Grossman and John Beck splitting the quarterback duties, the team still averaged 235.8 passing yards per game.
Head coach Mike Shanahan will be entering the third year of his five-year plan to turn the Redskins into contenders. Although Andy Dalton and Cam Newton had successful rookie campaigns, there is still a large risk that comes with each pro-bound quarterback—and Griffin is no exception.
The two elite offensive players in this year's draft are Blackmon and Alabama's running back, Trent Richardson.
After starter Tim Hightower tore his ACL, backups, Roy Helu, Ryan Torain, and Evan Royster filled in admirably at running back—giving Washington quality depth heading into next season.
Without any glaring issues in the backfield, Washington should look to upgrade their receiving corps.
The Skins' number one receiver last year was Jabar Gaffney—someone that no opposing corner is afraid to line up against.
If the Redskins select Blackmon, he would immediately be the best receiver on the team and would force defensive coordinators to play one half of the outside legitimately.
Blackmon's speed, toughness, and leadership were on full display against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. He has the ability to shrug off press coverage, run smooth routes, and break tackles after the catch. It would be very scary for the Eagles to see this former-OSU Cowboy in a Redskins' jersey.