It's no secret that the Redskins resources for improving personnel this season are severely limited, so that means that the draft next month represents our next to last shot at finding playmakers before we turn to undrafted free agents and June roster cuts. We can all safely assume the odds dwindle significantly, at that point, of finding players that can contribute. That's not to say you CAN'T find players but the draft presents a talent pool that will look drastically different on May 1st. We only have 7 picks in which to attempt to answer our most pertinent needs. Free Safety. And with DeAngelo Hall not being here, we are left with 2 at FS and CB (possibly 3 counting Strong Safety) huge holes on our defense. So,, we need to maximize efficiency with our picks. Meaning players that can play FS as well CB or RB's that can be involved in the kicking game as well demonstrate open field running on screens and swing patterns would be getting a lot of bang for your buck with a 3rd or 5th round selection.
We need players that are capable of playing, perhaps, multiple positions and/or skills. RB's that can receive out of the backfield or KR, or Safeties that can play both SS and FS. That way we could be much more creative with packages and matchups on defense. Tyronne Mathieu IMO would allow us utilize him in at least 2 packages. One of which is base a formation nowadays: Nickel. If you wanted to play him on 1st down in Nickel and go with heavier personnel at SS and NB you could move him to FS on 1st down. In 2nd downs and passing situations, he could drop to NB. He possesses the technique to be effective immediately at the next level if used correctly. That's not to say he would be a star like his college days but he has shown that he can make plays in obvious passing situations. In one draft pick you would be getting a CB, a FS, PR and KR. Kenjon Barner RB, would open up an entirely new facet of the offense by providing another target in the passing game and yards-after-the-catch on screen passes. Also, he comes from a pistol formation, zone-read option, up-tempo offense so he fits Shanahan's style of offense. Kenny Stills WR adds the possibility of providing the trusty route-running combined with his sure-handedness and body control that's going to be important in a 2nd year QB's development. He also is a burner at KR's. These would be an extremely efficient picks by being immediate upgrades to the offense and taking care of multiple needs on our team without spending tons of money. I think these types of multi-talented players are the best way to impact our team immediately and improve on the success of this past season and staying competetive within the NFC.