Coming off almost a decade of poor drafts, free agent busts and head scratching trades, the Washington Redskins are a team in serious need of talent upgrades across the board.
In Mike Shanahan’s and Bruce Allen’s first season, they did their best to upgrade certain positions. However with a high number of restricted free agents, and a possible lockout looming the free agent pool was weak. Combining that with a shortage of draft picks, the first offseason was tough to do much with.
The additions of veterans Joey Galloway, Willie Parker, Larry Johnson and Donovan McNabb did not pay the dividends the front office had hoped for, but they did find several new contributors.
Players like Brandon Banks, Trent Williams, Jammal Brown, Anthony Armstrong, Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams, Adam Carriker and Vonnie Holliday all played lots of snaps and seem as though they will be in Washington next season.
Still with all of the moves made last offseason, there are several positions in need of substantial upgrades.
Outside Linebacker: Brian Orakpo is very good, and I love Lorenzo Alexander and Andre Carter but neither should be a starting OLB in a good defense. Carter will most likely be gone next year, and I would love to see Alexander as depth across the LB position and a special teamer.
Kicker: Graham Gano was awful this year. He cost the Redskins several games and missed 11 field goals on the season, several of them chip shots. He certainly has talent, but there better be some good competition in training camp come August.