Over the next 10 days, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir is going to examine the Redskins’ depth chart and evaluate potential areas of need in the upcoming draft, ranking them in order from least to most important. We’ll also to take a look at the prospects who could be a fit.
Current depth chart:
Barry Cofield, Chris Baker, Chris Neild, Ron Brace, Chigbo Anunoby
Cofield had a solid 2012 campaign, is signed through 2016 and, at 29 years old, appears to be the Redskins’ starter for the foreseeable future. But there are question marks after him.
Cofield’s primary backup, Baker, is due to earn $1.323 million in 2013 after signing his restricted free agent tender last week. That makes Baker, who averages 15 snaps per game, the 15th highest paid Redskin in base salary. He’s also set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Behind Baker, there’s Neild, who hasn’t taken a meaningful snap in nearly 15 months due to ACL surgery, then Brace, a New England castoff, and Anunoby, a practice squader.
Sure, the Redskins have more pressing needs elsewhere on defense. But line depth is critical in the 3-4 scheme and, as you can see, it could [italics] become an issue sooner rather than later. So, with an eye on the future, a nose tackle could be worthy of a fifth-seventh round selection for Mike Shanahan and Co.
Three late-round possibilities:
- Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin
The 6-4, 329 pounds Hughes racked up 42 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks in 11 games for Skyhawks.
- Kwame Geathers, Georgia
The younger brother of Bengals’ defensive end Robert Geathers and Eagles’ end Clifton Geathers and nephew of James “Jumpy” Geathers, Kwame (6-6, 335) had 40 tackles, five for loss, and a sack for the Bulldogs.
- T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech
At 6-6, 369 pounds, he’s 66 pounds heavier than any player currently on the Redskins' roster. Posted 28 tackles, five for loss, and 1.5 sacks for the Yellow Jackets.