Robert Griffin: 5 Draft Prospects the Washington Redskins Must Surround QB with
The Washington Redskins have made good use of free agency to begin the process of surrounding Robert Griffin III with weapons. Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan complete a receiving corps suddenly brimming with options.
One area that has yet to receive attention is the offensive line. This could be a sign of the team's quiet confidence in the current group or the belief that talent can be found in the mid rounds of April's draft.
Griffin will certainly need better pass protection than the Redskins offered last season. With the futures of veterans Chris Cooley and Tim Hightower still uncertain, the Redskins could also look to add another option at tight end and a pass-catching running back for Griffin to utilize.
James Brown, OT, Troy
Brown would be a steal for the Redskins with their third-round pick. The 6'3", 306 pounder is a nimble-footed, long-armed blocker.
He possesses the range to be effective in space, a crucial requirement in Mike Shanahan's zone-based system. Brown began at left tackle but has spent some time inside and projects best to left guard in the pros.
Given the injury history of Kory Lichtensteiger, Brown would be a nice pick with the potential to start early.
Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
Potter plays with a level of agility that helps him quickly move from the line of scrimmage to the second level. This kind of athleticism makes him perfect for the Redskins.
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A natural right tackle, Potter could provide competition for Jammal Brown and has the skills to even replace him as a day one starter.
Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
Datko is a big body with deceptive quickness who could reward a gamble from the Redskins. The 6'6", 321 pounder is a technically skilled blocker with a good degree of athleticism and mobility.
His injury problems include two shoulder surgeries during his junior and senior years and have affected his draft stock. However, when healthy, Datko offers tremendous potential and upside.
Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
Green would be an outstanding selection for the Redskins and certainly one Griffin would be thankful for. He is an extremely athletic tight end with elite speed for the position.
At 6'6" and 238 pounds, Green would provide Washington's offense with a tall, fleet-footed weapon, capable of attacking a defense coming off the line of scrimmage or as a slot receiver.
With Chris Cooley's cap figure prohibitive and his injury record still an issue, the Redskins should strongly consider equipping Griffin with another tight end. Green would also provide insurance against the talented Fred Davis being hit with another drug suspension.
Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky
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Rainey is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on, as a possible addition to the long list of running backs Mike Shanahan has swooped for in the later rounds.
Despite concerns about his age, the 24-year-old has the attributes to be very successful as a zone runner. He has excellent vision and cuts quickly, two vital elements for a Shanahan running back.
Rainey is a good receiver out of the backfield, possessing reliable hands and able to produce plenty of moves after the catch. The diminutive speedster also offers above-average return skills.
The Redskins are now well stocked at wide receiver, and the news that Fred Davis has signed his franchise tender is excellent for Griffin.
However, the line remains a question and a third runner and second tight end can only increase the Heisman Winner's chances for rookie success.
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