The Washington Redskins did a great job in this year’s draft. They not only addressed their needs, but also stayed true to their draft board and added talent instead of reaching at a position of need.
While it is entirely too early to come up with an entire mock draft board for the Redskins, we can certainly narrow down the choices a bit.
A few different factors went into choosing this trio of players. One of which was that this list was prepared assuming that Washington has made enough gains in their secondary for it to not be a concern anymore.
Another factor was the assumption that the Redskins can sign tight end Fred Davis to a long-term deal. He is under contract through the 2013 season, but things got a little scary when he was a free agent this past offseason.
If Davis does decide to part ways with the team, tight end will be near the top of the list in terms of needs.
But, for now, the most important positions for Washington to address in the 2014 draft will be offensive lineman, middle linebacker and wide receiver.
The Redskins will once again be without a first-rounder as a result of their draft trade a year ago, so they will have to look into the later rounds to find their guys.
Washington is desperate for solid play at the right tackle position. Although they did bring in a few guys to compete, there’s not a whole lot of confidence in any of them. They also need to improve their interior lineman just as much.
There’s a good chance that London Fletcher could retire after this coming season, and they will need someone that can come in and perform well in place of him. Granted, Perry Riley has improved a lot since being drafted and hopes are still high for Keenan Robinson, but it would be in their best interest to bring in someone who can play now and play effectively.
Aside from the offensive line and linebacker positions, the Redskins could also use a powerful, big-bodied receiver to compliment their smaller, speedy guys.
Santana Moss was reliable for Robert Griffin III last year but could also be a potential retiree after the season’s over.
The Redskins haven’t had an Art Monk-type of guy in a long time. It would do RG3 a whole lot of good to have someone who can win the jump balls and be a force down the sideline.
Here are three prospects that the Redskins must consider in the 2014 draft.
Cyril Richardson, OL, Baylor
There could be a reunion in the midst at FedExField. Cyril Richardson blocked for RG3 during his Heisman season in 2011. At 6’5”, 335 pounds, Richardson is a mauler.
He’s played both right tackle and guard in college but looks like a better fit at guard. Regardless of what he ends up playing in the NFL, he would be a good fit for Washington’s zone-blocking scheme and will fill a need either way.
Now, Richardson does need some work.
He allows too much pressure on the quarterback at times, but with some coaching, he should develop just fine.
Trey DePriest, MLB, Alabama
Trey DePriest is the prototypical Alabama linebacker; he’s well-coached, flies all over the field and is a great, smart tackler.
He was second in tackles on Alabama’s squad last year (56) and will be taking on an even bigger role in his upcoming junior season.
His combination of speed and size make him an ideal guy for the Redskins; he would be a fun new toy for Jim Haslett.
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mike Evans is what Washington needs. He is 6’5”, 225 pounds of playmaking ability.
He was a big reason for Johnny Manziel’s success through the air last year and led the team with 82 receptions for 1,105 yards and five scores. He has top-tier leaping ability and has tremendous body control.
If Washington was to add Evans, then they would have the potential to become one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL.
Granted, this is all speculation right now, and we still have a year before we see if this comes to fruition. That being said, it’s never too early to start planning for the future of your franchise.