How The Washington Redskins Can Survive Their Own “March Madness”
By Ian Cummings
How Can They Improve In The Draft?
Last year, the Redskins chose future needs over immediate needs by selecting Josh Doctson in the first round. While it’s unfair to judge the worth of Josh Doctson thus far, it’s hard to argue with the fact that a better defense in 2016 may have boosted the Redskins into the playoffs.
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This year, the philosophy changes. Immediate needs come first. Washington must further improve the defensive line and the secondary by adding an influx of young talent through the draft. There are other needs, such as wide receiver, inside linebacker, offensive guard, and center, but solutions to these needs could very well be on the roster.
With good scouting, you can find game-changing talent in any round. But the success rate is highest in the first and second rounds. The Redskins must cater to the most immediate needs there. After that, they should focus on depth and development in other areas that might pose a risk to performance in the future. They have nine draft picks in this year’s draft. That provides the Redskins with many opportunities to supplement the roster with youth and depth, two things that were lacking this past season.