The Washington Redskins have a talented roster, with ample depth at this point in the offseason. With a series of cuts to come, no one is safe and could easily end up under the axe by September. Clearly, there are some doughnut holes that need filling.
With no first-round draft pick, our Redskins will cross their fingers and hope to get lucky. I’m no scout— but here is a list of the spots that I expect will be filled in the impending draft.
Immediate Attention Required: Early-to-Middle Rounds (2-4)
Also, don’t be surprised if the Redskins take multiple players at these positions in the later rounds.
Offensive Tackle: With Shanahan’s zone-blocking approach out the window, Jay Gruden will look to “get bigger” at the position. His vertical approach to the offense requires pass-protecting linemen with great size. Pro Bowler left tackle Trent Williams solidifies Robert Griffin III’s blind side, but the right side needs a big-time player to help keep their franchise quarterback upright.
Free Safety: The Redskins have many defensive backs on the roster. None of them really fit the mold of a true free safety. They currently have E.J. Biggers and David Amerson listed under the position, but these are not official and likely to change before the season starts. They also brought in long-time veteran safety Ryan Clark but he is 34-years-old and clearly in decline. Without a doubt, the Redskins need extra hands at this position.
Cornerback: Again, the Redskins have many defensive backs. Although 2013 rookie David Amerson has shown flashes of his play-making ability, there is still room for significant improvement. With an aging DeAngelo Hall and recently acquired Tracy Porter leading the pack, the Redskins must draft a top-notch player.
Room for improvement: Middle-to-Late Rounds (4-6)
ILB: Perry Riley has quietly been learning under the tutelage of retired linebacker London Fletcher, and is ready to take on a full-time starting role. Plus, they have added former Texans Darryl Sharpton to stabilize the position. Still, these players aforementioned lack the instincts and playmaking ability of Fletcher.
Needs Depth: Bottom of the Draft (6-7)
OLB: They have two outstanding players at this position in Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Rob Jackson’s dependability was proven when ‘Borakpo’ was sidelined for the 2012 season. Considering how thin we are at this position, depth is important in the event of another major injury(ies).