Position-by-Position 2013 NFL Draft Big Board for Washington Redskins

Brian FillerCorrespondent INovember 27, 2012

Position-by-Position 2013 NFL Draft Big Board for Washington Redskins

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    The Washington Redskins are not out of the hunt for the 2012 playoffs, but a watchful eye rests on the 2013 offseason. With the quarterback position filled for the next decade by RG3, the Redskins will be looking to add key role players around the rookie sensation.

    The Redskins paid a king's ransom to trade up for RG3, and will be paying off that mortgage for the next two drafts. Washington fans will be without a first-round pick for the next two years, a trade that already appears to be worth the price.

    Despite the lack of a first-round pick, Redskins fans can still look forward to the late April infusion of young talent. Every draft brings different strengths across the positions, and this year the prowess lies up front. The elite talent in this year's draft will come from both sides of the trenches; good news for Redskins' fans.

    Here we will lay out the top players, or my "Big Board," for each position (excluding quarterback, fullback, punter and kicker) for the Washington Redskins. 

Offensive Line

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    The Redskins have clear needs on the offensive line outside of the left tackle position. Right tackle and both guard positions are potential upgrade positions depending on how Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis develop. 

    1. Luke Joeckel -Tackle - Texas A&M 6'6", 310 lbs

    2. Chance Warmack - Guard - Alabama - 6'2", 322 lbs

    3. Taylor Lewan - Tackle - Michigan - 6'7", 310 lbs

    4. Barrett Jones - Guard - Alabama - 6'4", 305 lbs

    5. Jake Matthews - Tackle - Texas A&M - 6'5", 305 lbs

Tight End

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    Tight end is a position that could see major changes in Washington in 2013. With the major injury to Fred Davis, the Redskins may be looking to add talent at the tight end position early in the 2013 draft.

    1. Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame - 6'5", 252 lbs

    2. Zach Ertz - Stanford - 6'6", 252 lbs

    3. Dion Sims - Michigan State - 6'5", 285 lbs

    4. Joseph Fauria - UCLA - 6'7", 255 lbs

    5. Jordan Reed - Florida - 6'3", 243 lbs

Wide Receiver

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    The Redskins have made major additions to the wide receiver position and are finally starting to see some of the dividends. While not a priority early in the draft, it is possible a receiver or two will be drafted in the later rounds. 

    1. Keenan Allen - California - 6'3", 210 lbs

    2. Justin Hunter - Tennessee - 6'4", 200 lbs

    3. Robert Woods - Southern California - 6'1", 190 lbs

    4. Tavon Austin - West Virginia - 5'9", 172 lbs

    5. DeAndre Hopkins - Clemson - 6'1", 200 lbs

Running Back

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    Outside of the quarterback position, the Redskins have gotten the most out of Alfred Morris and the running back position. Despite this success, Mike Shanahan is known for his love affair with running backs and it would not shock anyone to see a back drafted in the late rounds of 2013.

    1. Giovani Bernard - North Carolina - 5'10", 205 lbs

    2. Eddie Lacy - Alabama - 5'10", 220 lbs

    3. Mike Gillislee - Florida - 5'11", 210 lbs

    4. Le'Veon Bell - Michigan State - 6'2", 244 lbs

    5. Andre Ellington - Clemson - 5'9", 192 lbs

Defensive End

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    The Redskins defense has struggled, primarily in the passing game and both the secondary and pass rush are to blame. This year's draft is dominated by defensive line talent, but the Redskins are unlikely to supplement the defensive line early in the draft.

    1. Star Lotulelei - Utah - 6'3", 320 lbs

    2. Johnathan Hankins - Ohio State - 6'3", 320 lbs

    3. Sheldon Richardson - Missouri - 6'4", 295 lbs

    4. Kawann Short - Purdue - 6'3", 315 lbs

    5. Sharrif Floyd - Florida - 6'3", 303 lbs

Nose Tackle

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    Similar to defensive end, the nose tackle position has been well solidified by the Redskins with Bowen and Cofield. The Redskins may address the position late in the draft to replace Chris Nield after an early season-ending injury earlier this year.

    1. John Jenkins - Georgia - 6'3", 358 lbs

    2. Johnathan Hankins - Ohio State - 6'3", 320 lbs (can potentially play both nose and end)

    3. Jesse Williams - Alabama - 6'3", 320 lbs

    4. Sylvester Williams - North Carolina - 6'3", 320 lbs

    5. Kawann Short - Purdue - 6'3", 315 lbs

Outside Linebacker

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    The Redskins are strongest on defense at outside linebacker with Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. The position has been somewhat exposed for its lack of depth with the loss of Orakpo, and the Redskins will likely add a depth player in the middle to late rounds.

    1. Jarvis Jones - Georgia - 6'2", 242 lbs

    2. Barkevious Mingo - LSU - 6'4", 240 lbs

    3. Damontre Moore - Texas A&M - 6'4", 250 lbs (possible position change)

    4. Dion Jordan - Oregon - 6'6", 243 lbs (possible position change)

    5. Alex Okafor - Texas - 6'5", 265 lbs (possible position change)

Inside Linebacker

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    London Fletcher is finally beginning to show signs of aging and the Redskins lack depth at the inside linebacker position. Thankfully, inside linebackers are available by the bushel and the Redskins will likely add one or more in the coming draft. 

    1. Manti Te'o - Notre Dame - 6'2", 255 lbs

    2. C.J. Mosley - Alabama - 6'2", 232 lbs

    3. Arthur Brown - Kansas State - 6'1", 228 lbs

    4. Nico Johnson - Alabama - 6'2", 245 lbs

    5. Michael Mauti - Penn State - 6'2", 235 lbs

Cornerback

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    The Redskins secondary is the position group in greatest need of an overhaul this offseason. With no elite talent along the lines of Patrick Peterson or Morris Claiborne available at the top this year, the Redskins will look at depth in the second or third round.

    1. Dee Milliner - Alabama - 6'1" 198, lbs

    2. Johnthan Banks - Mississippi State - 6'1", 185 lbs

    3. David Amerson - North Carolina State - 6'2", 194 lbs

    4. Xavier Rhodes - Florida State - 6'1", 217 lbs

    5. Jordan Poyer - Oregon State - 5'11", 190 lbs

Safety

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    Madieu Williams has provided solid production for the Redskins at safety, but Reed Doughty is playing on his last leg. The Redskins are finished with Tanard Jackson after he was suspended for the season and will need to find a reliable player in the middle rounds.

    1. Eric Reid - LSU - 6'2", 212 lbs

    2. Kenny Vaccaro - Texas - 6'1", 218 lbs

    3. David Amerson - North Carolina State - 6'2", 194 lbs (projected position change)

    4. T.J. McDonald - Southern California - 6'2", 205 lbs

    5. Matt Elam - Florida - 5'10", 202 lbs