Washington Redskins: Five Defensive Draft Targets For 2009

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Washington Redskins: Five Defensive Draft Targets For 2009

Don't let the 2008 Redskins defensive statistics fool you. Yeah they were fourth in the league allowing just 288.8 yards per game, also fifth in both time of possession and penalties, so they played smart, big deal.

Where the Redskins have continued to fail the past few seasons is their inability to create pressure, turnovers, and defensive scores. They were tied with San Francisco and Atlanta for third worst in total turnovers with just 18.

Their 13 interceptions were good for just T-17th best in the league. Their five other turnovers came in the form of fumble recoveries which was only bested for worst in the league by the Jacksonville Jaguars (4). The reasons for the lack of play making starts with defensive line.

The Jason Taylor hype ended Week one with his calf injury which caused him to arguably have his worse statistical season of his 12 year career, he only earned his $8-million dollar contract in Week 16 with two sacks against the Eagles.

On the other side Andre Carter, although he led the team with four sacks, he wasn't the same player he was in 2007 when he had 10.5 sacks.

In the inside Cornelius Griffin has never been the brute we thought he'd be. Alongside him is either Anthony Montgomery or Kedric Golston, both are heading into their fourth season and free agency, they also share comparable numbers.

The linebacker corp is a consistent presence but an aging one as well. London Fletcher will be 34 and although he hasn't missed a game his whole career, he really had to push through this past season with multiple nagging injuries.

Marcus Washington is slowly loosing steam as well, the past three seasons he's gone from playing 14 games, to 12, to 10, and on the other side Rocky McIntosh knees will always be an issue. He bounced back great from reconstructive surgery on his ACL and MCL, but he's flirting with injuries every season.

In the backfield, DeAngelo Hall was a big acquisition who made an immediate impact with two interceptions in seven games with the team, he seems to play well with Carlos Rogers who improved greatly, and Fred Smoot.

Shawn Springs continues to play sparingly with injuries and may make the move to part time safety to work with LaRon Landry and seventh round rookie standout Chris Horton.

As with the offense, the line needs working and possibly a solid rush outside linebacker.

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