The Redskins will begin their draft in the second round, at no.51 overall. The Redskins also will pick 85th (third round), 119th (fourth), 154th (fifth), 162nd (fifth), 191st (sixth) and 228th (seventh).
The Redskins' 2012 draft was remarkable as they drafted two of the NFL's best rookies in RG3 and Alfred Morris and a future starter in Josh LeRibeus. The Redskins must have another great draft to repeat as NFC East champs.
The positions that the Redskins need the most help at are cornerback, safety, offensive tackle, and outside linebacker.
The O-line played brilliantly this past season, but needs to add depth as Washington focuses on protecting Robert Griffin III (or Kirk Cousins) as a top priority. The secondary is one of the worst in the league, ranking 30th in pass defense. The Redskins may need a complete overhaul there if they plan on contending this pass-heavy NFL.
Because of the cap penalties, the Redskins have been very quiet this offseason. Actually, quiet is an understatement. The Redskins have been almost mute. The Redskins did sign cornerback E.J. Biggers, who started 12 games last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Whether he will start or provide depth is yet unknown but he is very familiar with defensive backs coach Raheem Morris who was the Buccaneers' head coach when they drafted Biggers in 2009.
The Redskins also added offensive line depth by signing tackle Jeremy Trueblood, who started 84 games during his seventh seasons with Tampa Bay. He is a player who will fight to start at the right tackle position. The Redskins also seem poised to re-sign tight end Fred Davis which will give RG3 another option he didn't get to utilize for much of the season.
The Redskins will likely focus on the pass defense first in the draft and look to add offensive line and linebacker depth later.
It's no secret around the NFL that the Redskins' secondary struggled all season and was one of the weakest in the entire league. While the unit improved during the second half of the season, it remains the Achilles' heel of the defense. It boils down simply to a dearth of talent. The secondary needs a complete overhaul.
The Redskins' starters at cornerback right now are Josh Wilson and Richard Crawford. Do you think any offensive coordinators are worried?! The Redskins must add another player capable of starting.
The Redskins must draft a cornerback that can start immediately and David Amerson fits the bill. Amerson is a corner-safety hybrid, and has great size at 6-2, 200. Amerson was impressive at the NFL combine, posting a 4.44 forty yard dash time. Amerson would provide the Redskins with immediate relief at arguably their weakest position.
Safety Madieu Williams is a free agent and turns 31 during next season. He has had an up-and-down stint in Washington. Safety Brandon Meriweather played in only one game due of injury and is likely to be released. Safety Reed Doughty remains a consistent player but is better suited as a backup than a starter.This year's draft boasts a large talent pool of safeties so the Redskins should be able to upgrade their position that way.
The secondary's transformation continues with drafting Bacarri Rambo (bonus points for his last name), a ball-hawking safety that plays all over the field. Rambo's ability to line up all over the field makes him perfect for Jim Haslett's aggressive 3-4 defense because he has the range to play close and personal to the line of scrimmage like a "rover" as well as cover in man-to-man.
Rambo has the talent to be a first rounder, but off-the-field problems that led to a four-game suspension dropped his stock. A Rambo/Meriweather tandem would be a solid duo for the Redskins.
Last season, the Redskins had depth issues on their offensive line. David Quessenberry's ability to not only play tackle but guard and center make him quite useful. Quessenberry ("Q") started college at 240 pounds but is now around the 300 mark. His size makes him more adept at playing guard but he's started at left tackle mostly throughout college. At the 2013 Senior Bowl, he took snaps at tackle, guard and center. He is a good athlete which makes him a natural fit for the zone blocking scheme (ZBS). Q would provide the Redskins with the interior line depth they need.
The Redskins lost Lorenzo Alexander to the Cardinals, so they need to add depth to the outside linebacker position. Powell played both defensive end and linebacker in college and that versatility works well in a 3-4 defense. Powell was one of only three NCAA Division II players who participated in the Senior Bowl but impressed scouts with his play. His ability to play defensive end makes him a valuable depth addition, especially given the injuries the Redskins suffered through last season.
Terry Hawthorne is an exceptional athlete with great speed and awareness. He is a polished player with shutdown ability and can also return punts. He has faced some injury issues, but none of great concern. The Redskins are thin at cornerback so snatching up another player simply for depth purposes is a smart move.
Coach Shanahan loves drafting running backs late and has often found success, a la sixth rounder Alfred Morris. Stacy, a 5'9, 216 pound back is a hard runner and averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season. He has good speed and the ability to reel off long runs. Injuries ended Roy Helu's year in only week 2 of last season and Evan Royster hasn't shown enough to lock down the back-up role. The Redskins will draft a running back in the later rounds and Stacy would be a nice value pick.
Marcus Davis has the potential to be a diamond in the rough. He's a raw prospect but the talent and the size are there. He's 6'3, 233 and ran a 4.56 at the combine though scouts think he can run faster. He posted solid numbers last season with 51 catches, 953 yards and five touchdowns. He provides the Redskins with a legitimate red zone threat and can even line up in the H-back. His aggressiveness and consistency have been called into question but good coaching can fix (fingers crossed) that. He's definitely worthy of a late round pick if only for potential alone.