By Ryan of The Sportmeisters
Outside of the 2008 off-season issues, which involved not having a head coach until promotion then offensive-coordinator Jim Zorn, the Redskins fell apart during the second half of the season.
6-3 heading into their bye week, the Redskins proceeded to lose five of their next seven to end the season 8-8.
This off-season has been another interesting one, highlighted by the attempts of management to bring in Jay Cutler and depart with Jason Campbell. They also cut DE Jason Taylor, who they just traded for the year prior.
The signings of Albert Haynesworth, Derrick Dockery, and DeAngelo Hall should manage to keep their defense a top ten commodity (sixth in points, fourth in total yards, seventh in pass yard, eighth in rushing yards).
With only five picks to use in the draft, the Redskins will have to be smart and selective with what they choose.
Washington Redskins Draft Picks:
Round 1, Pick 13 (13)
Round 3, Pick 16 (80)
Round 5, Pick 14 (150)
Round 6, Pick 13 (186)
Round 7, Pick 34 (243)
Team Need 1: OT
This team has only four tackles on their current depth chart, and with both Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels veterans with over 10 years service, there is no more pressing need, especially with injuries always a mounting concern.
As much as a head case that he is, there is a very strong possibility Andre Smith from Alabama could fall right to the Redskins.
Many teams are afraid to pull the trigger and the dollars on a head case, but owner Daniel Snyder has never hesitated to throw money in a certain direction.
With Portis such a dominating runner, he is going to need an adequate support system from his front five to continue to lead the team.
Team Need 2: DE
Apart from Andre Carter, the team struggles on the other side. With Haynesworth already going to grab double teams, this is an exciting moment for the Redskins to grab a quality DE that can get to the QB quick.
Grabbing a quick end will also allow success using a zone-blitz package. If someone like Smith, from earlier, gets grabbed before, then Washington should definitely look into some of the top ends, like Robert Ayers or Everette Brown.
However, if they wait until the third round, options should include 6’2’’ David Veikune, who is a steal as a pass rusher.
Considering the Redskins plan on using 13-year veterans Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn opposite Carter, mixing in the fresh rookie should easily allow a proper transition and a lot of success on the rush for Washington.
Team Need 3: WR
Why a WR when they already have Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle-El? Neither of them sit above 5’11, and Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly have not stepped into the role of being the high-jumper of a receiver.
The Redskins were 23rs in passing yards with a mere 189.1, and 28th in points with 16.6 a game. Grabbing someone who can take advantage of the fade routes in the end zone would easily improve both of those numbers.
However, given the few amount of picks Washington has, they need to be smart in making their choice here.
In the third round, they might have an outside shot at Brian Robiskie, a 6’2’’ WR with good hands and decent speed, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Late options to take a flyer on include 6’2’’ Louis Murphy, who possesses long arms and good over-the-top speed.
Washington likes to throw money to make success, hence why they have so few draft picks. Whether or not that will continue to work is up to them.
There are a lot of good options to fill the holes Washington has, but only if they are willing to sit back and develop, rather than ship them off at the first sign of trouble.