The Washington Redskins will have a big decision to make on draft day this year. Their dearth of high picks will make every small choice important; they must make sure that they don't waste a precious pick on a wasted talent.
The general consensus seems to be that the Redskins will draft a defensive player with the 51st pick, either a safety or a cornerback (likely a safety with the recent signing of DeAngelo Hall).
While I think the Redskins will draft a safety, as I believe they most certainly should, there is another player whose credentials and familiarity with Robert Griffin III make him a viable candidate.
Should the Redskins spurn the defense with the 51st pick and select Terrance Williams?
That player is Terrance Williams, who is one of the top wide receivers in the 2013 draft class, and who made a name for himself as one of RGIII's main targets during the star quarterback's final two seasons at Baylor University.
It would be a shame to see Washington reach for a receiver, but Williams should be the choice if ever there was a receiver to take a risk on. He and RG3 hooked up for 102 receptions and 1,441 yards in two seasons together, and Williams had a career year in 2012 with 97 catches and 1,832 yards.
Williams is a special talent with good speed and decent size, a player who can separate from coverage and provide a lethal deep threat. He's arguably a top-10 receiver in the draft—but it's his rapport with RG3 that should make the Redskins drool. The duo had a special chemistry during their years at Baylor and consistently fielded one of the nation's most explosive passing games.
As it stands, Washington's receiving corps is solid. Pierre Garcon is a budding superstar, and Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, and Santana Moss make up a good supporting cast. But if Garcon is injured, as he was for much of 2012, the unit takes a huge step back. Drafting Williams would instantly solve this issue and add another dimension to an improving Redskins offense. His speed would be a legitimate asset and his ability as a blocker is valuable as well.
Of course, picking Williams would come at the expense of the defense, which the Redskins badly need to address. There's no reason to expect Washington to draft Williams with their first pick, but if he manages to fall to a later round, anything is possible.
There are no receivers besides perhaps Williams and USC's Robert Woods who would make sense for the Redskins to draft before the fourth round, and you can be sure that the fan base would be in an uproar if the offense has precedence over the maligned defense.
We should hope that the Redskins draft a safety, but we should also look at Terrance Williams as a legitimate possibility at the 51st pick.