Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Should Have Included a Wide Receiver
One of the Washington Redskins' objectives prior to the 2013 NFL draft was to add depth to the secondary, and the team certainly did not disappoint, selecting cornerback David Amerson and safeties Philip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo.
After finishing 20th in passing yards in 2012, you would think they would have added a wide receiver.
To their credit, the Redskins did add a pass-catching tight end in the third round: Jordan Reed. In his final year at the University of Florida, he accounted for 45 catches for 559 yards.
However, they needed a tight end as well.
Last season, Robert Griffin III finished the regular season with 20 passing touchdowns, tying him for 19th in the NFL. He ranked lower than Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and Oakland Raiders QB Carson Palmer, who combined for 10 wins for their teams.
It is worth noting the Redskins were the only team in the NFL that had four wide receivers to each have more than 500 yards receiving during the regular season. The team was led by Pierre Garcon, who played in only 10 games due to injury, with 633 yards.
In the 10 games Garcon played, the Redskins won nine. He finished 2012 ranked 69th among NFL receivers in yards, followed by teammate Santana Moss (76th), Leonard Hankerson (84th) and Josh Morgan (92nd).
As a team, the Redskins also finished 20th in the NFL in passing yards average with 214.(98 yards behind the top-ranked New Orleans Saints).
The team certainly did not address the topic of adding depth at wide receiver during the draft, nor did it address the other buzz phrase head coach Mike Shanahan uses in many of his interviews: getting younger.
Did the Redskins make a mistake not taking a WR in the 2013 Draft?
Moss enters his 12th season in the NFL. He joined the Redskins in 2005, his finest year with the team, as he was named to the Pro Bowl and an All-Pro selection that year. At 33, he is one of eight players on the Redskins roster in their 30s.
He also led all Redskins receivers with eight touchdowns last season. Garcon and Morgan accounted for five each, and Hankerson had two.
The Redskins should have added some youth and depth at wideout during the offseason, whether through the draft or free agency. If anyone suggests it's a money issue, consider the following: According to Spotrac, Garcon will be the top-paid Redskins player for the 2013-14 season, earning $8.2 million. Among the team's other receivers, Morgan will earn $5.1 million, Moss $4.167 million and Hankerson $731,000.
Grand total for the four receivers: $18.198 million.
If the Redskins are to improve on their 20th-ranked net passing yards of 2012, and RG3's ranking among quarterbacks, they need to improve their receivers—or at least get a solid return on their investment.
UPDATE: Late Tuesday, May 14, the Washington Redskins signed free agent wide receiver Lance Lewis, according to the NFL daily transaction report. Lewis had 149 catches, 1716 yards and 22 touchdowns in two seasons with East Carolina.
Lewis went undrafted in 2012 and joined the Redskins practice squad, only to suffer an injury. He particpated in this season's rookie minicamp earlier this month.
All statistical information provided by ESPN.com unless noted otherwise.
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