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1.) Leonard Hankerson
This is extremely tough and I don't want to see it, but I think the reign of Santana Moss in Washington may be over.
Although he's a very reliable receiver and coming off a 93-catch (career-high) season, I believe Shanahan will look to another receiver to pick up the slack and Hankerson will land himself in the starting spot.
Hankerson was drafted, in my opinion, to be the Redskins eventual No. 1 target, so this isn't a huge reach. Do I believe Hankerson is truly ready for the starting role?
Not yet, but Shanny will have no problem throwing the 6'2"acrobat into the fire.
2.) Anthony Armstrong
With the predicted release of Santana Moss, Shanahan will look elsewhere for the same kind of production. Enter AA.
Armstrong has the speed to stretch the field and he showed up big for crucial catches throughout last season. I'm not saying Armstrong will catch 93 balls, but I think he's capable if called upon.
3.) Malcolm Kelly
Not that I'm holding my breath on Kelly, but Shanahan didn't keep him on IR last year just for fun.
Whether it be his 6'4" frame or the speed to go with it, Kelly possesses some kind of potential that Shanahan likes. And being optimistic, I think Kelly could become a nice redzone target if he can stay healthy.
4.) Niles Paul
Brandon Banks was a nice breath of fresh air last season, but his latest incident at D.C. nightclub may keep him on the outs of 2011's depth chart.
And with the drafting of a guy like Niles Paul, I wouldn't be surprised to see him take Banks' old job.
Not only does Paul have returning experience, but he's also a very interesting prospect for the slot receiver position. Paul is 6'1" and he has the unique ability to work the middle of the field.
Some may find this surprising, but I think it's very feasible.
5.) Aldrick Robinson
Could three rookies break into the starting wide receiving corps? Yes.
Robinson is small in stature and huge in everything else. He has speed, he has big-play ability and he's fearless.
Robinson is another guy that has a good chance to land a slot receiver job and I think his upside is tremendous.