The Washington Redskins' upcoming draft is going to be extremely crucial because it will establish Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen's influence on the franchise for the next couple of years. The team is Riddled with older players basically on their way out of the league and multiple holes along many positions on the team. Moving forward, the draft isn't a magic bullet if you will, but it will play a major role in setting the tone and direction of Shan-Allen's current plan.
The following analysis will hold everything else equal these include:
- Free Agency Players
- Players at our disposal in the Draft.
- Anything Specific.
Again I'm only going to look strictly at what positions are highest in priority and how many draft picks will be at our disposal in April.
The Redskins are ailing at multiple positions, let's see which are the Most Important:
Nose Tackle: Let's face it the 3-4 is not going anywhere any time soon and our Run Defense is atrocious. We need a Nose Tackle that can wreak havoc in the backfield and constantly creates penetration in the interior line, thus leading to pass rushes and chaos in the run game. FWIW, there aren't any interior Offensive Linemen talented enough to go early in the first round.
- Guard/Center: These two positions have caused us the most trouble this season, what with the tripping and constant pressure. There is no question the line has the highest priority; however, relative to the draft that's not the case because many Guards/Centers can be taken in the 2nd round and are talented enough to start. The Interior Line can use an upgrade and there is no doubt this will drastically improve our run game.
- Wide Receiver: Santana Moss? Anthony Armstrong? Roydell Williams? You get the point. Moss is most likely not going to be re-signed next year considering the amount of money he will want. Armstrong makes a great receiver in the slot. My point is the Redskins need a true #1 Wide Receiver with breakaway speed, a down field threat to get the chains moving.
Inside Linebacker/Outside Linebacker: Adding depth to this position is extremely important to the philosophy of the 3-4, in addition, we lack a run stuffing linebacker opposite London Fletcher, who will be 36 next year. At Outside Linebacker we need another beast opposite Brian Orakpo, I'm not ripping Lorenzo Alexander, but he lacks that relentless pass rush that is required at the position. The Steelers Defense has two great OLBs which is why they put so much pressure on the Quarterback. As a side note we need speedy linebackers that can close in on Receivers and speedy Running Backs.
- Free Safety/Cornerback: Our Pass Defense is terrible and Carlos Rogers will most likely walk in Free Agency next year. Kareem Moore is not the answer at this position because we need a ball-hawking safety with the ability to torture receivers. RIP Sean Taylor.
- Running Back: We don't have a true starter on this roster and it is clear the Ryan Torain is too injury prone to be our starter. We also need a RB with enough speed to take it to the house given he breaks a tackle.
I understand that we won't likely address the last 3 positions this draft, but the first 3 will play a significant role next year.
Now let's look at the number of picks we have available in April:
- We have one early 1st Round Pick, one 2nd Round pick, two 5th Round Picks (One of which will be received from New Orleans for Jammal Brown's injury), one 6th Round Pick, one 7th Round Pick, and an undisclosed Pick given to us in the Justin Tryon trade.
So how do we get more Picks?
- Scenario 1: we trade our 1st round pick for a late 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick to a team willing to trade up in the draft; let's face it there's always a team willing to do that. The Result: We end up with a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd, two 5th, a 6th, a 7th, and the Justin Tryon Pick (probably 6th or 7th)
- Scenario 2: we trade our 1st round pick for a late 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick to a team willing to trade up in the draft. Trade the Justin Tryon pick and one 5th round pick for a 3rd round pick or most likely a 4th round pick. The Result we will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and a 7th.
- Scenario 3: we trade our 1st round pick for two 2nd round picks and trade one of our 5th round picks and the Justin Tryon pick (most likely 6th or 7th pick) for a 3rd round pick. The Result: Three 2nd, a 3rd, a 5th, a 6th, and a 7th round pick.
- Scenario 4: we trade our 1st round pick for two 2nd round picks, trade one of our 5th round picks and the Justin Tryon pick for a 3rd round pick. Trade the 3rd Round pick and a 2nd round pick for a late 1st round pick. as a Result we end up with: a late 1st, two 2nd, a 5th, a 6th, and a 7th.
Feel free to offer feedback and suggest which players to draft. HTTR!