Here is a break down of the top positional needs for the Washington Redskins and some prospects they should look at in the 2014 NFL draft. The Redskins will go into the 2014 draft without a first round pick, as that pick went to the St. Louis Rams in the Robert Griffin III trade.
6. Right Guard
Top 5 – Team Needs
5. Slot Receiver – Santana Moss serves as the Redskins top receiver out of the slot, but he’s better suited outside, and he’s not getting any younger.
Here are some slot receivers that might be available in the middle rounds of the draft
- Dri Archer, WR – Kent State – 5-8, 175
- Brandon Cooks, WR – Oregon State – 5-10, 186
4. Nose Tackle - Yes, Barry Cofield has been good at nose tackle for the Skins, but I think he’d be even better at defensive end. The Redskins need a space eater at nose tackle, and this could allow the ILB’s to make more plays.
Here are some nose tackles that might be available in the third - fourth round of the draft.
- DeAndre Coleman, NT – California – 6-5, 325
- Daniel McCuller, NT – Tennessee – 6-8, 360
- Beau Allen, NT – Wisconsin – 6-3, 325
3. Defensive End – The Redskins have some decent talent at defensive end, but they don’t have a disruptive force that makes teams game plan for like a Justin Smith. 2011 second rounder Jarvis Jenkins hasn’t really made an impact.
Here are some defensive ends that might be available in the second – third round of the draft.
- Ray Drew, DE – Georgia – 6-5, 273
- Ed Stinson, DE – Alabama – 6-4, 292
- Taylor Hart, DE – Oregon – 6-6, 292
2. Inside Linebacker - After years of eluding Father Time, London Fletcher is showing signs that age is finally catching up with him. Perry Riley has developed into a good player, but the Redskins could use more talent at ILB.
Here are some inside linebackers that might be available in the second – third round of the draft.
- Yawin Smallwood, ILB – Connecticut – 6-4, 236
- Denzel Perryman, ILB – Miami – 6-0, 240
- Jake Ryan, ILB – Michigan – 6-3, 241
1. Wide Receiver - The Redskins are still struggling to find a number 2 receiver. Leonard Hankerson has looked OK, but the Redskins could use another playmaker at receiver.
Here are some receivers that might be available in the second – third round of the draft.
- Jaelen Strong, WR – Arizona State – 6-4, 205
- Odell Beckham, Jr., WR – LSU – 6-0, 187
- Paul Richardson, WR – Colorado – 6-1, 170
- Brandon Coleman, WR – Rutgers – 6-6, 220