The Redskins have been hurting at the Wide Receiver position for a long time. They've have a mix of draft picks that do not develop into anything, and high priced free agent signings that do not live up to their promise. Prior to the 2014 draft, the Redskins had not drafted a WR in two years. In 2012 they signed two high priced free agents with mixed results. Pierre Garcon was good when he was on the field during his first year with the team, and went on to become one of the only reliable receiving threats last season. Josh Morgan was a good blocker and average WR his first season in Washington, then turned into a waste of a roster spot last season.
This offseason, the Redskins once again double-dipped into free agency to shore up the team's skill positions. Former Arizona WR Andre Roberts was a priority signing when free agency started for the team, and also one of my personal targets for the team. This still left the possibility open for the Redskins to draft a receiver early in a deep class. Then DeSean Jackson was cut, and everything changed. He was immediately wined and dined by Bruce Allen and Co. and became the team's biggest FA acquisition for 2014. This gave the Redskins a top 3 of Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Andre Roberts which is pretty damn good. The team went into the draft without a clear need at the position, but still drafted Ryan Grant in the 5th round. They also have an underdeveloped Aldrick Robinson, an injured Leonard Hankerson, and a Redskins legend trying to hang on in Santana Moss, along with several others fighting for a spot at the bottom of the depth chart.
So where does that group rank among the rest of the league's WR corps? Last month Bucky Brooks ranked the Redskins Wide Receivers as the best in the NFL. Danny Kelly has the Redskins group in the second tier of receivers. The Elite group includes 3 teams, The Denver Broncos, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Green Bay Packers. The Redskins fall into the 'Damn Good' group, joined by the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints, and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Where does the current Redskins WR corps rank compared to other rosters in the NFL? Is this group elite, or just damn good? Does Jordan Reed's versatility push them into the Elite ranks?