ESPN Insider 2013 Redskins Draft Guide

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ESPN Insider 2013 Redskins Draft Guide

Postby riggofan » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:34 pm

Thought this was pretty well done. Its Insider content so some of you might not have had a chance to check it out. Enjoy! ... raft-guide
Personnel needs

CB, ILB, TE/WR (backups), RB (backup)

Major need: This secondary is an absolute mess and all four positions could be upgraded. The safety position has been a revolving door for a long time and the Redskins give up a lot of big passing plays between the hashes. The cornerback position is not a turn-and-run group and struggles to match up against multiple-receiver sets, especially in defensive sub packages.

Quiet need: London Fletcher remains the heart and soul of this run defense, but given he's 38, the Redskins need to start adding to the inside linebacker position. They lost the versatile Lorenzo Alexander in free agency, which hurts their depth, but they do like young Perry Riley next to Fletcher. Riley is a good tackler, but this defense needs a starter to eventually replace Fletcher on the inside.

Not a need: Right tackle was a significant need when free agency started, but the Redskins at least have a chance with three candidates vying for the starting job. Holdover Tyler Polumbus will compete with free agents Jeremy Trueblood (Tampa Bay) and Tony Pashos. If they play up to expectations, it could solidify the RT position and add depth across the entire offensive line.

Depth chart

Jobs in jeopardy: There aren't a lot of jobs in trouble because of the Redskins' lack of moves in free agency due to salary-cap constraints, which means that this roster won't be much different from last season. The coaches will look most closely at the secondary as an area where they might try to upgrade.

Don't mess with it: This is a vintage Mike Shanahan run game with physical RB Alfred Morris and a good zone blocking scheme. It's vital to the success of this offense because the passing game feeds off the run game and Robert Griffin III loves to use play-action with bootlegs, waggles and half-field reads. A strong, ball-control attack will also protect the QB position.

What free agency solved

Virtually nothing was solved in free agency because of the aforementioned salary-cap penalties, although the Redskins were able to retain TE Fred Davis. They need to stay healthy to improve their edge pass rush, which will hopefully help a very suspect secondary, and they need a healthy RG III at QB.

-- Gary Horton

How they draft

Redskins Draft History (2010-12)

Each pick Washington has made over the last three years. Players that are projected 2013 starters are in bold.
Round Pick Player Pos
1 2 Robert Griffin III QB
3 71 Josh LeRibeus G
4 102 Kirk Cousins QB
4 119 Keenan Robinson LB
5 141 Adam Gettis G
6 173 Alfred Morris RB
6 193 Tom Compton OT
7 213 Richard Crawford DB
7 217 Jordan Bernstine DB
1 16 Ryan Kerrigan DE
2 41 Jarvis Jenkins DT
3 79 Leonard Hankerson WR
4 105 Roy Helu RB
5 146 Dejon Gomes DB
5 155 Niles Paul WR
6 177 Evan Royster RB
6 178 Aldrick Robinson WR
7 213 Brandyn Thompson DB
7 217 Maurice Hurt G
7 224 Markus White DE
7 253 Chris Neild DT
1 4 Trent Williams OT
4 103 Perry Riley LB
6 174 Dennis Morris TE
7 219 Terrence Austin WR
7 229 Erik Cook C
7 231 Selvish Capers OT

Where they draft well: If you're going to trade away more draft value than any team in history to move into the top five (this isn't an opinion, it's a statistical fact), then Griffin is what you want. There is plenty of concern about what RG III's knee injury and recovery mean to his future as a dual-threat QB, but his future is plenty bright even if the zone-read is shelved because RG III is a very good NFL passer already. His accuracy percentage was as high as any QB outside of Green Bay in 2012 according to Pro Football Focus and has a chance to get better. That's especially true as the personnel around him, particularly on the offensive line, improves too.

Where they don't draft well: Picked over? Over the past three years, Redskins draft picks have picked off a total of four passes. And two of those came from outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who isn't exactly a coverage specialist. Run defense was a big problem for the Redskins in 2012, but the secondary is also a big concern headed into 2013, and the draft hasn't provided much cover. Don't be surprised if the Redskins add a cornerback in the second round and take advantage of a deep safety class later.

-- Chris Sprow

Best fits

Todd McShay provides three great fits for the Redskins' first pick at No. 51.

D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina: Matt Elam or John Cyprien would be a better value if either fell, but Swearinger has the overall skill set to be an upgrade over Reed Doughty.

Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State: He didn't post the best 40 time, but Escobar plays faster than his timed speed and has some of the best ball skills of any player in the entire class.

D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston: Hayden has good man-cover skills and would offer great value should he slide this far down the board.

-- Todd McShay

It's a successful draft if ...

What they must accomplish: The Redskins need a safety, and they're in the right draft to get one, but not in the way you might think. Given the need, you'd expect the Redskins to target a safety with their first pick, which is in the second round. But the depth at that position says they could get early help even in Round 3 (or 4 if they're lucky). Don't be surprised if they work the board value a little there.

Additional goals: Josh Wilson is a starter at one cornerback spot, but after that the depth chart basically looks like a bunch of guys most teams would prefer to have covering punts. The Redskins could spend a couple picks on corners. Fletcher might be playing -- without missing a game, of course -- in 2020, but the Redskins shouldn't count on it and should add an inside linebacker. Right tackle is also a position of need. The good thing about Washington's needs is the Redskins can find some value down the board. It's not like they need a QB or left tackle.

I'm sure its been discussed some, but I'm still curious if the TEAM agrees with all of the experts about what our biggest needs are. It won't surprise me at all if the Redskins draft differently than the experts are suggesting.

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