The Redskins have holes to fill at multiple positions in Losenoidoomock, but the most glaring needs are at DE, OL, WR, & DB.
The Skins have had a glaring weakness at the Defensive End position since the end of the first Gibbs era and last Championship winning season. The team has found ways of generating a pass rush over the years by finding and utilizing the talents of more of its back seven players such as Ken Harvey.
Is it any coincidence that the team has basically wandered through the desert on defense for years and neglected what was a framework of so many playoff title runs? The Redskins had book ends along the line in Mann and Manley that could generate pressure with a run stuffing tackle named Butz that could also gain pressure. The team had an excellent cover corner and now HOF corner in Green. Sprinkle in some great role players and character players that understood the game and team concept of winning as they were platooned and substituted to give the team the best chance to win and you had a great defense.
Fans can look no further than the NFC East Rival NY Giants Defense that stymied the Pats high octane offensive machine by applying pressure from the front four. Since the Redskins last title the team has mainly relied on its back seven and consequently had many highs and low as its weaknesses have been exploited by better offenses. Understanding that in all sports that teams want the most talented players to handle the ball the same could be said for defense in the NFL. The End position has the opportunity to stop the ball and take the ball away from the opposition on more plays than any other position. It begins and ends up front.
There are five touted DE's in this year's draft: Chris Long, Vernon Gholston, Derek Harvey, Philip Merling, and Calais Campbell. It's possible that one of these five could be available when the Redskins pick, but in this mock draft all five are off the board. It's reported on CBS DE's that Calais Campbell's 40 time is slow and stock may be slipping. The first two in the list above are certainly expected to be gone in the seo courses london top ten.
A DE would certainly help a team that suffered a huge loss in Taylor's position and both Rogers and McIntosh's injuries. Carter is undersized and should play exclusively on passing downs to remain fresh with Daniels (when healthy) and Evans playing on non-obvious passing downs with Carter and Wilson coming in as specialists. The rotation would keep the players fresh and allow the premiere pass rushers on the team more of a free reign.
It's been well documented in articles in the area that the offensive line is thirty and over. Recently the line has had several injuries freak or otherwise. Redskin's fans need look no further than the days before Jansen and Samuels when Elewonibi and Pourdanish were starting OL.
Kendall filled in nicely to replace Dockery with more steady play, but the line could use a younger more athletic player along the line. For much of the 80's the offensive line was the trademark of play in Washington. Ensuring that the line doesn't fall apart all at once is a primary area of concern. Adding some solid young depth would be welcomed.
Most of the top tackles will be off the board as they are in our mock draft, but a player who is on the rise (as reported on many web sites) and highly touted is Brenden Albert a Guard from UVA. He also has the versatility to play tackle in the NFL in some minds. He would be an ideal replacement for Kendall and push back the veteran to create better depth at the position. Samuels has broken in countless players at guard. It would be wise for the Skins to move Thomas, possibly the best run pulling lineman, next to Samuels to create a better balance along the line for running plays and Albert next to Jansen. Filling the rest of the line with other drafted and undrafted rookies, free agents, and current players would create better depth at the position with Heyer being the only real lock.
Solidifying the offensive line for future years is essential to defining and creating a successful and winning team. It's the gaping holes for a RB and wall in front of the QB that allow an offense to run smoothly. It's not the glamorous and flashy pick, but it's difficult to win if no one does the dirty work necessary for a team to win. It's these players that allow the skill players to shine. For more info, please visit
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21st Pick: Brenden Albert, OG Virginia.
The pick really came down to Mayo and Albert. Ideally if the Skins would be able to procure three linemen (two on one side of the ball and one on the other side of the ball) and either a WR or CB with their four picks in the first three rounds they would fills some glaring needs. It wouldn't be a surprise to this blogger if the Skins traded up in the second round using the compensatory draft pick or even draft a QB in the first few rounds. There's a lot of speculation about what the Skins will do, but can anyone really predict what Dan Snyder will do?
The team lacks a big strong go over the middle receiver to enable Moss and Randel El to do what they do best and make plays down the field. This year's crop of receivers lacks the elite receiver like Calvin Johnson. Receivers take time to develop and usually it's three years before the good ones shine. Drafting a receiver is a flashy and often risky pick when
seo experts miami players are asked to step in and produce immediately when the success rate is often low. The two starting receivers were plucked in free agency from other teams. This should say something about filling the position.
The top listed receivers that could be available include Limas Sweed, DeSean Jackson, and Malcolm Kelly. It will be hard for the Skins to go against the sexy and flashy historical propensity to make a splash in every facet of player personnel moves and go with a position that can play now and in the future.
The Redskins could use another cover corner since Springs is getting older and has had some injuries the past couple of seasons. Rogers may not be ready to start the season and is a better zone corner than cover corner. The loss of Taylor also hurts the Skins. Drafting a safety to replace Taylor ultimately doesn't help improve the team as a whole because there isn't another Taylor available in the draft.
Kenny Phillips (S, Miami) and Brandon Flowers (CB, Va Tech) may both be available when the Skins pick. The top corners will most likely already be off the board as they are in this mock draft.
Inside Line Backer:
With Fletcher approaching his mid 30's, Rocky recovering from surgery, and the most under rated LB in the NFL Washington suffering some nagging injuries, the Redskins need to bolster their LB position.
Jerod Mayo would be an excellent addition to the defense as he can play both the inside and middle line backer positions. His combination of speed and strength would provide a coach's dream with regard to schemes as it relates to Mayo's versatility.
The Redskins drafted three receivers on day one of the draft. Devin Thomas WR Michigan St, Fred Davis TE USC, and Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma were all drafted in the 2nd Round after the Skins traded down a round to obtain more picks.
The Redskins then addressed some other areas of concern by drafting Chad Rinehart OG Northern Iowa (3rd Rd), Justin Tryon CB Arizona St (4th Rd), Durant Brooks P Ga Tech (6th Rd), Kareem Moore S Nicholls St (6th Rd), Colt Brennan QB Hawaii (6th Rd), Rob Jackson DE Kansas St (7th Rd), & Christopher Horton S UCLA (7th Rd) were all day two draft choices some of which via trades with Atlanta and St. Louis to improve the quantity of picks or the position.
The Skins acquired the type of receiver they were looking for further down the draft at greater value. Devin Thomas the one year wonder from Michigan St. was regarded as the number one receiver on most rankings and Malcolm Kelly who was also listed as one of the top five receivers that fell back to the Skins in the second round. Kelly had even worked out for the Redskins.
Taking the highest rated players on the board is usually a good thing and any proven model of success that the Redskins adopt would normally be a good thing. Unfortunately for Redskins fans there's always an exception to the rule and in this case it's mostly common sense. The drafting of a TE when there are so many holes to fill on the roster seems almost ludicrous especially when there's already a pro-bowl TE on the roster that the team is heavily invested.
By going back just twenty years, how many TE's have been such a dominating presence are the main reason a team has won a title? I can think of only two such players: Mark Bavaro of the Giants and to a lesser degree Dwight Clark of the 49ers. Some might say Shockey or Gates, but I don't recall Gates bringing a title to SD and the Giants won without Shockey down the stretch of the season due to injury. Besides SD is Tomlinson's team not Gate's. So why draft Fred Davis in the 2nd Round if he's not better then Cooley? Even if TE is a key component in the West coast offense does anyone recall two top TE's on the same team? See more:
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The position itself should only be drafted this high when it's the last piece that's been missing to bring home a title. TE's are usually regarded higher than the punter and kicker when it comes to the draft, so why bring someone into camp if they can't even displace the current starter. They may be the best on the board, but when you consider the position itself common sense should dictate otherwise and just let it go. Someone else is getting a quality player, but the Redskins need starters. Drafting Fred Davis can be summed up by quoting Q as Stu, BMT, Q, & I had stopped for dinner at a chain establishment on the way to last year's keeper fantasy football league draft. Q ordered wings and when asked how they were he responded, "thoroughly unsatisfying." The same could be said for this pick in the eyes of many fans. See more: tickets for wicked nyc
The drafting of two top wide receivers seems acceptable when you go with the best player available mentality (especially considering the Skins roster), but not coming away with a starter along the line or secondary in the second round seemed odd to say the least. The drafting of Thomas and Kelly all but spells the end for Thrash and just about every other receiver on the roster other than Moss Randel-El and Mathis. Likewise a few of the rookies can also return kicks which may spell the end of Rock's tenure with the Skins too.
Normally the drafting of punters and kickers is a bad thing unless it's the last ingredient for a championship, but 10 players on special teams are holding their own as a very good unit. The battle for field position has proven costly over the past few years and drafting the highest rated punter on most rankings should help change that situation as should improving the return game with rookies and free agent signings such as Mathis.
Colt Brennan drew the ire of Jaws on ESPN. His mechanics and arm strength have come into question but as many have pointed out his best chance of surviving in the NFL is in a west coast offense.
It appears that there'll be plenty of competition at safety, but very little change may occur along the OL & DL where it's needed most. Kendell filled in adequately last year, but the team would have been better served if Kendell was relegated to a reserve role for quality depth. Alas no changes on the OL have occurred other than the improved health of Jansen and Thomas.
Hopefully the Redskins will be very active over the next week in signing UFA's.