Why a good draft could make the Redskins Super Bowl Contenders

After signing Ryan Clark and DeSean Jackson, the Redskins took away two needs they sought to address in the draft.

Ryan Clark can be plugged in at free safety. He is a better option than any of the safeties that we have had in the past 3 years, but is only a short term option. Brandon Meriweather can go back to strong safety, his natural position, while Phillip Thomas who we all have high hopes for can possibly replace him as the season goes on. Look for the Redskins to draft a safety in the later rounds or they can draft a top safety prospect in next years draft.

On defense, we can use another inside linebacker for competition, as well as a cornerback. Akeem Jordan looks like the clear favorite to take the place of the retired London Fletcher at inside linebacker. Everything else is set. Our defensive front with the addition of Jason Hatcher will be pretty good, and will open up lanes for outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Rob Jackson has returned, but more depth could be added to the outside linebacker position in the later rounds.

Offense is set at about every position, except the offensive line. That’s why our first two picks should be used on lineman to protect RGIII, giving him more time to get the ball to his weapons (Garcon, Jackson, Roberts, and Reed).

"A team that boasts DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed better have an offensive line that can pass-protect for quarterback Robert Griffin III," Chris Hayre (Bleacher Report).

Rd 2. Option A. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: Would be an immediate starter at right tackle. Could go late first round, but if he doesn’t this is a no brainer. He’s a terrific athlete with long arms and quick feet. (Hometown: Hyattsville, MD; attended DeMatha Catholic High School).

Rd 2. Option B. Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA: If Kouandjio is taken of the board, the Redskins should consider Su’a-Filo, one of the top guards in this year draft. He’s a versatile blocker with experience at guard and tackle. He would replace Chris Chester at right guard. (If Su’a-Filo is taken before the Redskins pick, the Redskins could trade down or use this pick to get the best available tackle or cornerback).

Rd 3. Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor: Protected RGIII during his Heisman season at Baylor. He has great strength and power and can start at guard or right tackle. Richardson could replace Tyler Polumbus as right tackle or if we luck up, and can get Kouandjio in the second round, he could replace Chris Chester at right guard. With Kouandjio and Richardson or Su'a-Filo and Richardson anchoring the right side, the offensive line will improve dramatically, giving the Redskins two starters who can protect RGIII.

Rd 4. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford: Would be better suited to play inside in a 3-4 defense. He has nice size and could be a possible starter, next to Riley. (If unavailable the Redskins should look at the best available corner).

Rd 5. Marqueston Huff, CB/S, Wyoming: After playing cornerback for three seasons, he willingly changed positions to safety for the team. He's versatile and fluid when changing directions.

Rd 6 Larry Webster, DE/LB, Bloomsburg (Division II): A four-year starter on the Bloomsburg basketball team. He joined the football team for the 2012 and 2013 season, a sport he hadn't played since high school. Webster is 6'6, extremely athletic and is also projected as a tight end in the NFL. If he switches to tight end he could be used on goal line situations. Webster recorded 13.5 sacks in 2012 and 12.5 sacks in 2013. (Hometown: Hagerstown, MD).

Rd 7. Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State: Anchored one of the nation’s most physical, productive rushing attacks. Versatile enough to back up at guard.





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