Even after tabbing ex-Cleveland Brown Shawn Lauvao to add greater power inside, the Redskins still need more beef in the trenches.
That will lead them to Cyril Richardson, a mammoth guard Griffin knows well, at the start of Round 4. Richardson blocked for Griffin when the dual-threat quarterback won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor.
Richardson's experience in Baylor's fast-paced, spread-style attack fits well with what the new regime in Washington wants.
Gruden wants to get bigger along the front, without sacrificing the athleticism and mobility that defines the team's highly successful zone-blocking scheme.
In late-February, Gruden told Mike Jones of The Washington Post that he wants the right balance up front:
That’s something we’re battling. Those are good players, but sometimes on third and eight, they get pushed back a little bit. They’ve done some great things in their career, obviously.
But if you get the bigger guys that don’t move quite as well, then you lose Alfred Morris and his strength, and that’s the outside zone and the stretch and finding lanes and holes to cut through. So, it can come back and bight you if you want to go big, depending on what you’re doing.
At 6'5" and 329 pounds (at least), Richardson certainly offers more size. But it is his agility that can make him an instant starter in D.C.
Richardson can push to supplant free-agent bust Chris Chester at right guard to complete a makeover of last season's dire interior trio. Gruden is already rumored to be shifting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger to center to replace recently released Will Montgomery, per ESPN.com Redskins reporter John Keim.
Even if he doesn't make the grade right away, Richardson's time at tackle means he can provide invaluable depth at multiple positions.