The need to fortify a revolving door of an offensive line is obvious. The Redskins surrendered 43 sacks in 2013 and have question marks at almost every position along the front.
If it is down to a decision between guard, center or right tackle, the Redskins should focus on finding a guard first. Current starters Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester were bullied throughout last season. Their inability to win the physical battles consistently derailed the running game and undermined the pass pocket.
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
Gabe Jackson is a dream pick to beef up a suspect interior. He is a man mountain at 6'3" and 339 pounds, but while he doesn't possess a dancer's grace, he is surprisingly mobile.
He can engulf front-line defenders in the trenches or obliterate those on the second level on the move.
Jackson is rising up draft boards, according to NFL.com's Mike Huguenin:
Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson was called "a brawler and a mauler" Wednesday at the Reese's Senior Bowl. And that's a good thing.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2009, Jackson, who is 6-foot-3 and 339 pounds, started all 52 games in his Bulldogs career. Along the way, he became one of the best guards in the nation, and he has a chance to be the first guard selected in the 2014 draft.
Even a late rise may not put Jackson out of Washington's reach. As the Redskins own the second pick of the second round, they could be perfectly placed to nab him.