However, problems surrounded the franchise all year, from the Albert Haynesworth preseason fiasco to the benching of McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman and culminated in a 6-10 record for the year.
The NFL draft is around the corner and the Redskins hold the No. 10 overall pick. With top quarterbacks Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert likely off the board, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt seem to be the front runners to go to Washington.
Incumbent starting wide receiver Santana Moss managed to grab 93 receptions for over 1,100 yards, but found the end zone just five times, and is 31 years old.
Anthony Armstrong showed promise on special teams, but he isn't a true No. 1 receiver. Julio Jones is an amazing athlete, as displayed by his ridiculous combine outing, which he did with a fractured foot.
Last year, he caught 78 passes for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns, and had 179 receptions for 2,653 yards and 15 touchdowns in his three-year career for the Crimson Tide.
Jones is a perfect wide receiver for coach Shanahan's west coast offense and has the ability to be a deep threat. With A.J. Green most likely off the board, the Redskins front office would jump at the chance to add somebody of Jones' ability.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Redskins struggled mightily, and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt is flying up draft boards. Watt could be a great fit for the Redskins, who alternate between a 3-4 and 4-3 defensive front, where Watt could play both end and tackle.
At 6'5" 290 pounds, Watt has great length to hold off blockers, and would create more opportunities for outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.
Although he only has two years of experience at defensive end—he played tight end for Central Michigan—Watt managed to rack up 108 tackles, 36.5 of which were for a loss, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in a strong Big 10 conference.