With the start of free agency we have seen the Seahawks, 49ers, Dolphins, and Eagles make themselves instantly better in one day. Meanwhile, the Redskins, because of salary cap concerns have been mostly spectators in this arms race. This is especially the case on offense: The Seahawks are downright scary now and the Eagles were loaded at the offensive skill positions BEFORE Chip Kelly got there with Macklin, Jackson, Shady McCoy, and Avant.
I mention this because some have suggested we stand pat at our WR positions and give these WR ,that are laden with mediocrity, another year. With everyone else gearing up offensively there is no way we can ignore the WR position in this draft. I'm talking at least 3rd round. Sure, we won the division last year but that doesn't mean our offense is a finished product. The facts are we have a lot of needs ranging from RB, FS, SS, and RT. But it's also imperative that we continue to build around RGIII as well otherwise his development will come down to the level of those supporting him.
With RGIII's injury and inability to hone his game this summer it will be imperative that we have WR's be where they are supposed to be and on time within a given play. The reason is because with RGIII's development in year 2 (with the summer off) is going to depend on players getting separation out of their breaks and being in their spot on time because if they aren't he's going to have to buy time, which exposes him to danger. These WR's haven't shown the polish needed to aid in RGIII's year 2 development. In year 2 of a QB's development it becomes imperative to have precise route running and to have a sure-handed go-to guy and we have neither. You don't want a 2nd year QB going into the season not trusting his receivers fully. Believe it or not, if we don't properly address the position that's precisely what's about to happen. This draft is shaping up to make or break our season. With the cap penalty free agency is a spectator sport for us. With that said, we have 7 tries in the draft to get impact players that can contribute significantly this year and NOT JUST DEFENSIVELY. Those are some daunting odds we're looking at, I know. And I know that we are going to have to possibly neglect a few positions in order to address others but neglecting the offense and not continuing to build around our 2nd year QB is the wrong decision. Just because the fire is burning on one side of the house doesn't mean you ignore the smoke on the other side. You end up putting out one fire and fighting another one. That means if you primarily address the defense while keeping the status quo on offense, sure, you might put out that fire but you have now doomed your offense by going in with the same mediocrity as last year and your QB has that little doubt in his head going into a very critical year 2 for him, given his situation. Griffin won't be playing until at least week 1, which means he needs the parts of the offense to click. That means WR's running polished routes and making plays. I don't see that out of this group. RGIII needs a sure-handed go to guy in the form of a TE or RB and a polished route-route running WR or a WR that's capable of running precise routes because you can't count on this bunch doing that and we have seen rookie QB's have good seasons then tank their 2nd year because of the team's neglect to continue building around their QB. Colt McCoy comes to mind. Everyone else in the NFC is arming themselves offensively with S.C.U.D. missiles and we can't afford to think we are going to take a step forward on offense by standing pat with the pocket knives we have at WR. Ryan Swope WR, Kenny Stills WR/KR, and Kenjon Barner RB/PR/KR would be assure that we are still adding weapons on offense and we still have 4 picks to address Defense. This year's draft is shaping up to be crucial and perhaps somewhat telling of our upcoming season because as it is right now, we are going to have to have some serious over-achieving at key postions in order to repeat the success of last season. We need playmakers defensively but especially offensively because we need to continue to construct and form our offense around RGIII.