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2014 Redskins Depth Chart Analysis - Offensive Line

2014 Redskins Depth Chart Analysis – Offensive Line:  This is an analysis of the Redskins Depth Chart going into next season.  Outlining areas that are good, and others that need to be upgraded.

Offensive Tackle - The Redskins have a very good left tackle in Trent Williams, but they need to add more quality depth to go along him.

  • Trent Williams has become one of the top left tackles in the NFL.  He’s a three-time pro bowl selection and according to Pro Football Focus, was the top rated tackle in the league.  He’s not only good at pass protection, but he’s also a very good run blocker.

 

  • Tyler Polumbus is the starting right tackle.  He has good size and has been solid as a starter.  And while he’s decent at pass protection, there were times last season, when he didn’t looked stiff, and had problems with speed rushers.  The Redskins could do much worse than Polumbus at right tackle, but they could also do better.

 

  •  Tom Compton did not play much last season, but has shown that he could be a solid backup, and possibly compete for a starting job at some point.

 

Offensive Guard - The Redskins have some good run blockers at this position, but they could stand to upgrade the pass protection from this position.

  • Kory Lichtensteiger Is the starting left guard.  He’s the most consistent of the Redskins interior offensive linemen, and although he’s a good guard, his best position may be at center.

 

  • Chris Chester is the starting right guard.  Chester has proven to be a very good run blocker, but he is suspect at pass blocking.  He was dominated at times last season, by bigger defensive linemen in pass protection.

 

  •  Josh LeRibeus was inactive most of last season.  Much was expected of him, but he was too out of shape to begin the season and fell out of favor.  But Mike Shanahan liked his offensive linemen smaller, perhaps LeRibeus might fair better as a bigger linemen for Jay Gruden.

 

  • Adam Gettis could perhaps be a solid backup, but could he start?  I doubt anyone knows.  He’s a smaller type of guard that Mike Shanahan preferred, but will he fit Jay Gruden’s plans?  That remains to be seen.

 

  • Maurice Hurt is a big guard, but like with most of the Redskins backups hasn’t played much.  His size may be an asset for him moving forward.

 

Center - The Redskins don’t have much depth here, but have a decent starter in Will Montgomery.

  • Will Montgomery is the starting center.  And just like most of the Redskins interior linemen, Montgomery is a good blocker, but he struggles mightily at times against bigger defensive linemen in pass protection.

 

  • J.D. Walton was recently signed by the Redskins, but his future with the team is unknown.

 

Depth Chart:

LT - Trent Williams, Tom Compton:  In Williams, the Redskins have a piece to build around at left tackle for years to come.

LG - Kory Lichtensteiger, Josh LeRibeus:  Lichtensteiger is a good guard, but the Redskins might be inclined to move him to center.

C - Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger:  Montgomery is solid, but the Redskins could use an upgrade at center.

RG - Chris Chester, Adam Gettis:  I can’t see Chris Chester as the starter at right guard next season.  So an upgrade is needed

RT - Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton:  Polumbus is a decent bookend to Trent Williams, but I think the Redskins will look for an upgrade at right tackle, Compton may get a shot.

 

Possible Moves:

2014 Top Free Agents – If the Redskins want to upgrade the interior offensive line or at right tackle, then there are some good free agents out there.

  •  Geoff Schwartz, OG/OT – Kansas City Chiefs: (6-6, 340) Age: 27 – Schwartz can play either tackle or guard, and that kind of versatility could come in very handy for the Redskins.
  •  Jon Asamoah, RG – Kansas City Chiefs:  (6-4, 305) Age: 25 – The Redskins interior offensive line spots need to be upgraded.  Asamoah is one of the top rising offensive linemen in the league.
  •  Anthony Collins, OT – Cincinnati Bengals: (6-5, 315) Age: 28 – The Redskins could use an upgrade at right tackle, and the Collins has a connection to new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

 

2014 Top Draft Prospects – The Redskins might be able to find a starter with their high second or third round picks.

  •  David Yankey, OG – Stanford: (6-5, 314) Projected Round – 1st.  Yankey is one of the top guards in the draft.
  • Morgan Moses, OT – 6, 325) Projected Round1st-2nd.  Moses would make a great bookend to Trent Williams at right tackle.
  • Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG – UCLA: (6-3, 305) Projected Round – 2nd.  The Redskins have a need on the interior of the offensive line and Su’a-Filo could fill that need.

 

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