Five positions and players the Redskins could look to draft
The Redskins added cornerback Chris Culliver in free agency, and he was one of the top rated players at the position. But that doesn't mean they are set up to succeed now. The Redskins had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL in 2014 and 2013, and a portion of the blame belongs to their cornerbacks. Bashaud Breeland showed some signs of hope down the stretch, but David Amerson has been a complete bust to date. By drafting someone like TCU CB Kevin White in the third or fourth round, they can find an immediate starter in nickel situations. White is undersized, but scouts like his feistiness, movement, and ball skills. Drafting him would allow the Redskins flexibility to move Deangelo Hall to safety.
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Jay Gruden is not afraid to hit the reset button at quarterback, but he may not get the chance to draft Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston. Jason La Canfora is getting a 'strong sense' that both quarterbacks will be the first two players selected overall. Still, RG III's footwork and velocity were major concerns in 2014, and he put out some bad tape. There are concerns about whether or not he can ever learn to play within Gruden's system. Colorado State's Garrett Grayson has college stats that are as good as any other QB prospect, and he could likely be had on day two. He threw for 7,975 yards and a 55-18 TD-INT ratio across 27 games over the past two years. His drawback is his size, but Gruden has had success in the past working with an undersized quarterback.
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The free agent offensive tackle market was weak and the Redskins chose wisely when they avoided it. However, this leaves what some would consider a gaping hole at right tackle. Incumbent tackle Tom Compton graded out as one of Pro Football Focus' worst offensive tackle while filling in for Tyler Polumbus last season. As it stands now, he will do battle with disappointing rookie Morgan Moses for the starting right tackle spot. However, the Redskins would be wise to take an offensive tackle with one of their first two selections in what is one of the deepest drafts in recent memory at the tackle position. In round two, Miami's Ereck Flowers is likely to fall to them. Gruden is looking to get bigger on the offensive line and he fits that mold at 6-foot-6 and 329 pounds.
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The Redskins are toying with the idea of moving Deangelo Hall to safety. They would look to pair him with free agent signing Jeron Johnson. Hall would play a centerfield role, allowing Johnson to play in the box. Projecting Johnson as an in-the-box safety is nothing more than that — he has spent his first few seasons as a special teamer for the Seahawks. Based on age, injury, and the fact that Hall has played CB his entire career, it would be wise for the team to invest in a safety during the draft. Cody Prewitt is a safety who can play in the box or in the deep half of the field. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline labeled him as "someone who keeps getting better every time I watch him."
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The Redskins did nothing in free agency to address what I deemed to be their greatest need back in February. Starters Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley were atrocious in pass coverage last season. They could really use two new starters, but let's just settle in on one for now in what is one of the better inside linebacker classes in recent draft history. Targeting a player like TCU LB Paul Dawson will provide them an inside presence with range. Multiple scouts, including Lance Zierlein, believe that Dawson is the best linebacker in the draft. Still, due to character concerns and a bad NFL Combine, Dawson will likely be available to the Redskins with their first selection on day two.