The 2012 NFL Offseason is going to be a big one for the Washington Redskins.
Washington is finally going to be in a position to get a franchise QB in the draft. Along with the future franchise QB, the Redskins have a large number of picks in the middle rounds of the draft too.
And as we already know, Daniel Snyder is willing to whip out the old checkbook and start writing zeros.
The Redskins have been abysmally inconsistent due to not having a QB, injuries, and some bonehead plays. Something has to change, and Mike Shanahan is on the right track.
As someone who literally Hails to the Redskins, this should be the 2012 Offseason To-Do List for the Washington Redskins.
Here is all you need to know:
Washington's quarterbacks suck.
Robert Griffin III is a strong armed and mobile quarterback who has playmaker ability like Cam Newton, Michael Vick, etc. He is not only known for being mobile, but being an accurate passer.
His mobility will just reinforce the running game with the revolving door of the Redskins running backs. I'm thinking of the power of the play action pass.
The Redskins must draft Robert Griffin III.
For the first time in years, the Redskins have a chance to draft two playmakers with back-to-back draft choices.
London Fletcher is getting older and will be a free agent, so drafting an ILB to replace him is a large need.
Luke Kuechly and Dont'a Hightower will be off the board, but if we all cross our fingers at the same time Vontaze Burfict might fall to Washington in the second round. As I have said before, Burfict is a savage ILB with killer instincts.
His downside is a maturity issue, but if the Redskins re-sign Fletcher, the kid will have a mentor.
If Vontaze Burfict has been drafted, Washington should draft a WR. Washington's WR corps is one of the oldest and most underperforming in the league.
I'm not taking blame from the QBs, but when you're throwing to Gaffney, Armstrong, Austin, and Stallworth, putting up respectable numbers is more than a chore.
There are four WRs who could be available in the second round and could fill that void. The leading candidate being Kendall Wright from Baylor.
Wright has blazing speed and an already developed comfort level with Washington's newly drafted Robert Griffin III.
If Wright has been drafted, then the other candidates are LSU's Rueben Randle, Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu, and Wisconsin's Nick Toon.
If the Redskins aren't satisfied with the available LB's or WR's, then Washington needs to go with an interior OL.
The Redskins are not deep at these positions. Kory Lichtensteiger is on the IR, which leaves Chris Chester, Erik Cook, Maurice Hurt, and Will Montgomery to hold down RG, C, and LG.
At the end of this season, Lichtensteiger and Montgomery will become free agents so the Redskins need to end up plus one in OL before next season.
There are eight college G/C that are listed in the top 100 players that are NFL Draft eligible. Peter Konz, Ben Jones, David DeCastro, Cordy Glenn, and Kelechi Osemele lead that group.
Of those prospects, Ben Jones should be the favorite if Washington doesn't use their second rounder on a LB or WR. Jones is a high intensity player who has played both Center and Guard at Georgia.
After the first two picks, Washington needs to add depth.
Some places that need depth are OL, CB and SS.
I would prefer CB or SS.
DeAngelo Hall has been in the league for a long time, and LaRon Landry has had some serious injuries this year. Adding another defensive back would make a lot of fans much more comfortable.
This group needs help.
After the 2011 NFL season, there will be a large group of free agent WR's who Washington should try to acquire. The list includes:
Steve Johnson, BUF 6'2 210
Brandon Lloyd, STL 6'0 188
Reggie Wayne, IND 6'0 198
Pierre Garcon, IND 6'0 210
Dwayne Bowe, KC 6'2 221
Wes Welker, NE 5'9 185
Marques Colston, NO 6'4 225
Robert Meachem, NO 6'2 210
Mario Manningham, NYG 6'0 185
DeSean Jackson, PHI 5'10 175
Mike Wallace, PIT 6'0 199
Vincent Jackson, SD 6'5 230
After hopefully adding a WR via the NFL Draft, the Redskins shouldn't stop there. Someone in this group needs to be wearing maroon and gold next year.
I would prefer a large target like Bowe, Colston, Jackson, Johnson or Meachem, but everyone on this list would help the Redskins.
London Fletcher is arguably the most important upcoming free agent on the Redskins roster. However, that doesn't mean that he's the only important free agent.
Other free agents include, Fred Davis, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger, Adam Carriker, LaRon Landry, and Graham Gano.
As long as the Redskins keep most of their free agents, they can consider this a win.
This offseason is going to be an interesting one for Redskins fans. I know not all the tasks on this list are attainable, but Shanahan and company need to make some moves.
This team needs a continued overhaul to become successful again. Hail to the Redskins!