With all the talk of defensive needs and DB and Safeties being the priority #1, it seems as if the general consensus is that any offensive needs can be pushed down to lower rounds, or wait until next year in this draft. That's a HUGE MISTAKE. There. I said it. I will pause long enough for everyone to rip me a new one now... Okay, that's long enough. Let me explain my reasoning behind such a blasphemous thinking as mine.
I know some of you may have read some my posts and comments on the need to not neglect the offense in the earlier rounds. Specifically the 3rd and 5th. The reasoning is we had somewhat mediocre players that over-achieved at key positions last season. RT was a position that we had no idea, from game to game, whether Polumbus would be a human turnstile or if he would get backed up into RGIII's face and/or throwing lane. Also, during Garcon's absence we had to count on a WR corps consisting of Moss. Josh Morgan, and Hankerson. Moss was the only one, age and all, that could be counted on for a big play. The TE position was not even a threat in the passing game. In fact, TE and WR were major contributors in our abysmal 35.8% 3rd down completion percentage. One reason is because we couldn't consistently attack the seams thus getting into the soft spot or big play area of a defense. Those routes are usually reserved for TE's because teams fiercely guard that area with tough, physical play and bone-crunching hits to separate the receiver from the ball. Although Logan Paulsen was decent in his blocking, he didn't have the speed to attack the seams. And couldn't be counted on the catch it when he did. That's a reason teams are going with 2 TE's and one reason why Gronk is successful. He's got the size to take the hits and can catch it when he gets in that area. Our WR's couldn't get open consistently and when they did...THEY COULDN'T CATCH CRABS IN A WHOREHOUSE. Also, our lack of a receiving or 3rd down back limited RGIII's options on 3rd down and 2nd and long situations. 2nd and long often turned into 3rd and long which often turned into 4th down for us.
All this leads me to the conclusion that we need to address the offense early on in the 3rd and 5th rounds of the draft with a couple of specialized players at WR and RB, respectively. We can not go into the regular season with the status quo at key positions. I know, I know. There's no guarantee they will work out but then again is there any guarantee ANY player you bring in will work out? Anyway, if we go into the regular season with these very middling skill position players we are setting our QB up to be broken into 5 pieces by Halloween. The reason I say that is because defenses have a ton of film on what we do now and that's all it takes when you have several weak spots in key areas like we have.
Now, I must add to this by saying I know we can't adequately address ALL of our needs but to neglect the offense and not continue building around our SECOND YEAR QB coming off injury is a mistake waiting to happen. It's my opinion that if we can't devote a few resources to a very middling offense then I think we should save my QB until around November or not let him play at all. Expecting a 2nd year QB coming off injury to repeat the kind of success he had last season with no added weapons or some 6th or 7th rd draft picks is unfair to him and is potentially dangerous for him long term with that knee. We have a gaping hole at RT, a savvy vet in Moss but he is not even used every game, and no other receiving options besides Garcon that can run a route tree. All this is going to force RGIII to do what he had to do last year and that was pull it down and run around. What we do personnel-wise on offensive will, potentially, be a career-ending or career changing decision for our 2nd year QB development. If he plays early on and he gets hurt you can look to the decisions made right now as contributing factors. If we can't get a player in the form of a TE that can attack the seams, a receiving/3rd down RB, and/or natural WR that can move the chains AND CATCH THE BALL we are asking for trouble offensively. If so, save my QB, put Cousins in and let's try to get a decent pick out of him going into next off season. The overall health of my 2nd year QB is MY priority #1 and if we can't give him adequate weapons with which to work then it's best to sit him this year. Burn me alive at the stake in the comment section below.