Re-Drafting Washington Redskins' 2013 Draft
Composed of David Amerson, Jordan Reed, Phillip Thomas, Chris Thompson, Brandon Jenkins, Bacarri Rambo and Jawan Jamison, Reed's four starts leads the class.
Considering that Reed and Amerson are the only members poised to see significant playing time in 2014, the return on this class should have Washington general manager Bruce Allen experiencing buyer's remorse.
With that said, let's take a look at what the Redskins' 2013 draft could've looked like—with a competent GM.
Round 2: DB Tyrann Mathieu
Original Pick: David Amerson
Owners of the league's third-worst pass defense in 2012, the Skins had the right idea when they selected Amerson to shore up a leaky secondary.
The team just selected the wrong player.
While Amerson had a solid rookie season in his role as the team's nickel cornerback, he lacks the upside and versatility of a Tyrann Mathieu.
Seeing time at safety and cornerback, Mathieu was an integral piece of Arizona's sixth-ranked defense in 2013.
An inaugural season in which he amassed 68 tackles and two interceptions, the only damper on Mathieu's rookie campaign was the torn ACL that ended it in Week 14.
On a Washington team that featured DeAngelo Hall as its premier starter on the back end, Mathieu, unlike Amerson, would've been a starter as a rookie.
A excellent return man in his collegiate career at LSU, Mathieu would've also bolstered a return unit that was among the NFL's worst in 2013.
Round 3: TE Jordan Reed
Original Pick: Jordan Reed
Despite playing in only nine games, starting four, Jordan Reed was Washington's second-leading receiver in 2013.
While this fact could serve as an indictment of the team's other receiving options, Reed was easily one of the NFL's top rookie pass-catchers last season.
With totals of 499 receiving yards and 49 receptions, Reed's numbers, among tight ends, were only surpassed by Tampa Bay's Tim Wright.
Then there's Reed's place in Washington history.
As SB Nation's James Dorsett notes, Reed turned in the most productive season for a rookie tight end in team history.
By per-game numbers, Reed is second in receptions, fourth in receiving yards and first in first downs among rookie tight ends in NFL history.
Provided that the concussion that ended his season isn't a recurring theme in 2014—Reed suffered two concussions in his collegiate career at Florida—Reed should thrive as teams focus on DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
Round 4: WR Kenny Stills
Original Pick: Phillip Thomas
Looked at by Bruce Allen as a potential starter prior to the 2013 season, Phillip Thomas got a raw deal when he was lost for the season with a Lisfranc injury in the preseason opener.
Nonetheless, with or without the injury, the Skins still erred when they passed on Kenny Stills.
A receiving corps that fell off significantly after Garcon, Washington was in need of a receiver like Stills.
While Drew Brees certainly played a part in the 32 receptions and 641 yards he amassed in 2013, Stills would've been an upgrade over Santana Moss and the ever-inconsistent Leonard Hankerson.
At his best in the slot, a solid rookie season from Stills could've prevented the Skins from overpaying Andre Roberts in free agency.
Round 5: CB Micah Hyde
Original Pick: Chris Thompson
On the Green Bay Packers, Micah Hyde was suited with a role similar to what Amerson played in Washington, as the team's nickel and dime corner.
While Hyde's rookie numbers don't show it, 55 tackles and zero interceptions, Hyde's play and versatility have his head coach Mike McCarthy clamoring for him to get more playing time in 2014.
Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, McCarthy stated at the NFL owners meeting that "Micah Hyde deserves the opportunity to be an every-down player on our defense."
"I got to a point in the season where Micah was standing on the sidelines too much," McCarthy said.
Capable of playing safety, the combination of Hyde and Mathieu would've given Washington flexibility in how it addressed its secondary in free agency and the draft this offseason.
Round 5: OT Jordan Mills
Original Pick: Brandon Jenkins
Selected directly after Brandon Jenkins, Jordan Mills' rookie season was the polar opposite of Jenkins.
While Jenkins was mainly a special teams player, when he did play, Mills started every game for the Chicago Bears at right tackle.
Although he had his struggles—according to Joe Ostrowksi of 670thescore.com, he surrendered nine more quarterback hurries than any other offensive tackle—to the dismay of Justin Tuck, Mills would've given the Skins a viable option to replace Tyler Polumbus in 2013.
Compared to Michael Oher by NFL.com going into the draft, Mills could've been a long-term fixture along Washington's offensive line.
Round 6: OL Michael Bowie
Original Pick: Bacarri Rambo
While Michael Bowie would certainly object to this selection—he did just win a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks after all—Bowie to the Redskins would've had serious implications on the team's 2014 offseason.
A starter at guard and tackle for Seattle in nine games, Bowie's presence on Washington's roster could've made the signing of Shawn Lauvao unnecessary.
Chris Chester, and his $4.3 million salary-cap number, could've been a cap casualty—a move that would net the team $2.7 million in savings, according to Over The Cap.
Then there's the impact on the draft. With Bowie and Mills in tow, the Skins wouldn't be in dire need of an offensive lineman.
With a defense that's old and lacking high-end talent, this would free Washington up to stockpile defensive players in a loaded draft.
Round 7: WR Marquess Wilson
Original Pick: Jawan Jamison
Selected by the Chicago Bears in the latter stages of the seventh round, Marquess Wilson's draft slot isn't indicative of his talent level.
A receiver with the requisite size and speed to start in the NFL, the way in which Wilson's productive career at Washington State ended is why he slid on draft day.
After being suspended by head coach Mike Leach, Wilson promptly quit the team and alleged that Leach and his coaching staff verbally, emotionally and physically abused him.
Although he played sparingly with the Bears as a rookie, according to Tom Carpenter of ESPN.com—subscription required—Wilson is being eyed to be the Bears' No. 3 receiver.
While his presence wouldn't vastly affect the moves Washington's made this offseason, Wilson would add some much-needed size to the team's Smurf-sized receiving corps.
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