With the busy portion of the free agency period completed, it’s time to start looking ahead to the NFL draft and, specifically, needs the Redskins still have. In the coming days, we’ll rank them in order from least to most important. We’ll also take a look at prospects who could be a fit.
Current depth chart: Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, David Gettis and Nick Williams.
Comment: One of the Redskins’ biggest needs entering the offseason was wide receiver. Pierre Garçon, of course, enjoyed a record-breaking 2013 season. But the drop off after his 1,300-plus yard performance was rather steep.
As a result, GM Bruce Allen aggressively pursued—and quickly signed—Andre Roberts to play opposite Garçon and provide Robert Griffin with another weapon.
Then the unexpected happened. Within five days of DeSean Jackson’s surprising release in Philadelphia, the Redskins had one of the most dynamic receiving threats in the league. And Roberts, a player the Redskins had pegged as a better-than-adequate No. 2, got pushed to No. 3 on the depth chart, giving the Redskins formidable and versatile receiving corps that also boasts a hard working and freakishly athletic tight end in Jordan Reed.
Although the Redskins appear set at wide receiver, it’s possible, if not likely, they’ll be on the lookout for another pass catching threat in the draft. Why? A few reasons. In the NFL, an injury (or two) can quickly erase depth. After the Big Three (Garçon, Jackson and Roberts), there are question marks. Hankerson is coming off a major knee injury. Robinson has potential but still hasn’t reeled in more than 18 passes in a season. Moss will be 35 in June. And one more thing: Only Hankerson and Gettis, signed to a futures contract and coming off a knee injury, are taller than 6-feet tall.
With that as a backdrop, it certainly appears as though the Redskins could target another wide receiver in the middle or late rounds.
Three potential prospects:
- Cody Latimer, Indiana
At 6 foot 2, 215 pounds, Latimer certainly has the size Coach Jay Gruden covets in his receivers. Last season, he hauled in 72 catches for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. The Redskins reportedly hosted Latimer, who is projected as mid-round selection, for a pre-draft meeting.
- Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
Latimer is big. Coleman is (much) bigger. At 6 foot 6, 225-pounds, he would give Griffin the big target the Redskins’ receiving corps currently lacks. The Accokeek, Md., native hauled in 34 passes for 538 yards and four touchdowns last season. Was also hosted for a pre-draft meeting. Projected as a mid-late-round-pick.
- Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
At 5 foot 9, 192 pounds, the Clarksville, Md., native wouldn’t fill the Redskins’ need for a big target, obviously. But he’s a tough, competitive slot receiver who can also return punts and kicks. Met with the Redskins at the scouting combine. Projected as a late round pick.