Redskins draft preview: 3 players Washington could take at No. 5

Defensive end Randy Gregory was a force for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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The Washington Redskins hold the No. 5 overall pick in the NFL Draft. In our continuing series, takes a look at their roster post-free agency and delivers a plan of attack for the last day in April.

It has been an eventful offseason in the nation’s capital.

After hiring new general manager Scot McCloughan, the Redskins have re-tooled their defense with proven playmakers by adding cornerback Chris Culliver, safety Jeron Johnson and defensive tackles Terrance Knighton and Stephen Paea. For a unit that ranked 29th in points allowed, it certainly was a welcomed sight.

Meanwhile, head coach Jay Gruden said at the NFL Combine that he anticipates Robert Griffin III will be the starter as they move forward. How the offense will improve remains to be seen. The offensive line allowed the second-most sacks (58) and could stand to be upgraded.

Positions of need: OL, OLB and CB

Three options to consider

Randy Gregory, DE: Gregory showed up a bit light to the NFL Combine, but his production on the field can’t be ignored. Racking up 17.5 sacks at Nebraska, Gregory ranks ninth all time on the school’s sack list. Gregory would be a fantastic addition with Brian Orakpo leaving for Tennessee in free agency. 

Shane Ray, DE: Ray, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference in sacks and tackles for loss. Ray plays with great burst and leverage and would immediately give the Redskins a rotational option behind Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy. 


Brandon Scherff, OT: The Redskins are in the market for a right tackle and adding a tough guy in Scherff could benefit this offense two-fold. While the Redskins’ running game finished 19th in the league last year, the quarterbacks were under too much pressure to operate efficiently.

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