I am serving as the general manager for the Washington Redskins in the B/R Community Draft, a full seven-round mock draft in which each team is being represented by an NFL Featured Columnist.
It is important for any general manager to understand and know the balance between prospect value and team needs. While I have spent considerable time assessing the value of every prospect in the 2012 NFL draft, taking on the role as a general manager required taking extra time to assess the Redskins’ roster needs.
I have identified five areas of need that the Redskins should be focused upon addressing where value is appropriate.
The quarterback need is obvious, as is their methodology for finding the solution to the need, but nonetheless, it is currently the Redskins’ most pressing need to be addressed on their roster.
The Redskins made a blockbuster trade, giving up their second-round draft pick and two future first-round draft picks to move up from the sixth-overall pick to the second-overall pick in the first round of the draft in order to have the opportunity to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins have been in need of a franchise quarterback for a long time, and with John Beck and Rex Grossman as the top quarterbacks on the roster, the need is more desperate than ever. While the Redskins paid a very steep price to move up for the opportunity to select Griffin III, he is a tremendous talent who has the potential to be the star quarterback that the Redskins have lacked for decades.
The Redskins have some major holes in the secondary, with cornerback DeAngelo Hall being the team’s only sure starter in the defensive backfield.
The Redskins signed free agents Cedric Griffin and Brandon Meriweather, but neither is a strong starter in the secondary.
Griffin is a big cornerback who has the versatility to play both cornerback and free safety, but has been shaky for the Minnesota Vikings, only signed a one-year contract and has injury concerns. He is not a solid long-term starting option
Meriweather has a big reputation as a fast safety who hits hard, but he is a serious liability in coverage. He could end up replacing LaRon Landry as a starting safety, but he should not be a long-term option.
The Redskins really could use upgrades throughout their secondary, especially in the NFC East, a very passing-potent division. They should look to upgrade the secondary as early as possible.
London Fletcher led the NFL with 166 total tackles last season, but he is an unrestricted free agent who remains unsigned. Even if Fletcher returns to the Redskins, Perry Riley is unspectacular, and there is no depth behind them.
Fletcher is 36 years old, so even if he returns, it will only be for another year or two. If they do not re-sign him, they have a complete hole at the position. Looking toward both the present and the future, the Redskins need to address the need at the inside linebacker position when possible.
Aside from left tackle, the Washington Redskins could afford to upgrade at any position on the offensive line.
Matthew Brown, a Featured Columnist for the Redskins, cites right tackle as one of the Redskins’ biggest needs. I still believe in Jammal Brown as a capable starter, but he is coming off of a hip injury which could put his status going forward in question, so it is a position the Redskins should be looking to address.
The Redskins are also weak on the interior offensive line. Kory Liechtensteiger, Will Montgomery and Chris Chester are all solid linemen, but are little more than adequate starters. The Redskins have reason to covet upgrades at both guard and center.
With two quality young running backs in Roy Helu and Evan Royster, running back is not exactly a position of need for the Redskins. That said, their presence should not keep the Redskins from adding a more explosive runner if the value is right.
In the third round of the B/R Community Draft, the Redskins selected Oregon running back LaMichael James, for he was the best player available on the draft board and worth drafting for his ability to be a big-play threat as a running back. This is a situation where the Redskins should draft a running back for his value, but they should only draft a running back in the situation where their value is better than any player at any of the Redskins’ need positions.
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