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Redskins NFL Draft Preview - Vol. 1

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Virginia Cavaliers offensive tackle Morgan Moses (78).  Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins NFL Draft Preview – Vol. 1 –  So we’re over a week into the NFL’s spring sale and how do we think our Redskins are doing?  And how will our initial signings affect our strategy in the draft?  Well, I thought I’d have a go and throw in a few ideas and preferences for the 2014 draft.

Significant Cuts:

Will Montgomery C, Sav Rocca P, Adam Carriker DE, Jawan Jamison RB

Suspended:

Fred Davis TE – Likely won’t be re-signed.

Free agent signings so far:

Adam Hayward ILB, Shawn Lauvao OG, Andre Roberts WR, Jason Hatcher DT, Clifton Geathers DE, Akeem Jordan ILB, Jake Rogers K, Darryl Sharpton ILB, Tracy Porter CB

Our free agent signings while solid, have been unspectacular, with Allen looking for value for money over star quality. There’s a lot to be said for that approach – we’ve certainly tried the other way before with no success, but a 3-13 team does need some stand-out players.

While we do have some on the roster, I wouldn’t be disappointed with one or two outright starters but we may have missed that boat.

Re-signed:

Santana Moss WR, Perry Riley ILB, Brandon Meriweather FS, DeAngelo Hall CB, Chris Baker DE

Franchise Tagged:

Brian Orakpo – OLB

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No real surprises with the cuts (or suspension) and I’m pleased with the players we have re-signed. Opinion is divided over Meriweather, but people forget that he had some severe knee injuries in 2012. So last year was his first year back. Some athletes are excused performance in the first 12 months after such injuries, so I want to give him a chance.

I still remember that quarter he played against the Eagles. I hope that now he is two years removed from his injuries, he can regain that form and GM Bruce Allen and Head Coach Jay Gruden will look like geniuses (or is that genie?) …and while I’m in brackets, I hope Chase Minnifield gets another chance also 12 months removed from a serious knee injury.

Next – Positions of need

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