Over the last few weeks we’ve gone in depth here looking at the Redskins’ current roster and using that to get an indication of who they might draft. Two days away from the draft we’re going to summarize those needs on the offensive side of the ball; tomorrow, we’ll look at the defense.
Current roster: Robert Griffin III (signed through 2015), Kirk Cousins (2015), Rex Grossman (2013), Pat White (2013)
Outlook: If Griffin was not recovering from a knee injury they might be on the lookout for a project quarterback who might be able to take over Cousins’ backup duties in 2014. But with Griffin rehabbing all offseason long and his availability for the start of the season uncertain the third QB roster spot will go to Grossman. There is a chance that they will take a quarterback late and stash him on the practice squad.
Draft potential: Rounds 6-7
Current roster: Pierre Garçon (2017), Leonard Hankerson (2014), Santana Moss (2013), Josh Morgan (2013), Aldrick Robinson (2014), Dez Briscoe (2013), Darius Hanks (2014)
Outlook: Beyond Garçon, the receiver outlook for 2015, which will be RG3’s contract year, is cloudy. Moss will be 34 before the season starts and he is in the last year of his deal. Morgan also has an expiring contract and Robinson, Briscoe, and Hanks need strong showings of they are going to remain on the roster. Hankerson will get two more hears to show his mettle but he remains a work in progress. Given that the Redskins have invested so much in Griffin, they need to surround him with as many weapons as is practical. Drafting a playmaking receiver at any point during the draft would make perfect sense.
Draft potential: Rounds 2-7
Current roster: Fred Davis (2013), Logan Paulsen (2015), Niles Paul (2014), DeAngelo Peterson (2015)
Outlook: Paulsen is the one rock solid element here. He is a very capable backup and special teams player but he could not be described as a weapon. Davis can fit that description but it is tough to count on him as he recovers from the torn Achilles he suffered last October. He should be able to play by the time the season starts but it remains to be seen if he is back in form. That, the possibility of a yearlong drug suspension and his short-term contract are concerns. Paul enters his second year tight end and he has to show that he can play a bigger role than being a special teams demon who occasionally takes snaps on offense. Peterson was on the practice squad last year so we will see what he can do in OTA’s and training camp. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Redskins draft a tight end to develop, but not until sometime on Saturday.
Draft potential: Rounds 4-7
Current roster: Alfred Morris (2015), Evan Royster (2014), Roy Helu Jr. (2014), Keiland Williams (2013), Tristan Davis (2013) Darrel Young (FB) (2015), Dorson Boyce (FB) (2014), Eric Kettani (FB) (2015)
Outlook: Morris is the man here, of course and Young is going nowhere as he just signed a three-year deal. It seems that they are comfortable with Royster as Morris’ backup. So the draft prospects really boil down to whether or not Helu can stay healthy. If he can, he’s that change of pace/third-down back the team lacks. If not, they could go looking for one in the draft.
Draft potential: Rounds 5-7
Current roster: Trent Williams (2015), Tyler Polumbus (2014), Jeremy Trueblood (2013), Tom Compton (2014), Tony Pashos (2013)
Outlook: The key here is Compton. If they think he is good enough to be the swing tackle this year and a starter at right tackle, there would have to be a very good value on the board for them to take a tackle. If they are not confident in Compton they could take the plunge.
Draft potential: Rounds 3-7
Current roster: Kory Lichtensteiger (2017), Will Montgomery (2016), Chris Chester (2015), Josh LeRibeus (2015), Adam Gettis (2015), Pat Boyle (2014)
Outlook: As noted in a post earlier this month, the interior line seems to be set with veteran starters and young depth. They might take someone late if they want to push Gettis and LeRibeus but it would have to be a very good value on the board.
Draft potential: Rounds 6-7