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Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Joe Madsen, Center, West Virginia

Do the Redskins need to draft a backup center? A draft profile for Joe Madsen of West Virginia


Measurements: Height- 6'3", Weight- 310 lbs, Arms- 30"

Projected Round: 7

Why he would be a good Redskin:

System familiarity. West Virginia showcased a mobile QB, the pistol offense, and a zone-blocking rush attack. Shanahan values what Madsen can offer, an offensive lineman that can get off the line and move laterally with quickness. Although Madsen has a more athletic build, his measurements compare almost identically to Josh LeRibeus. His addition would fill a need at backup center.

Why he won't be drafted by the Redskins:

He's a one-trick pony. Shanahan seems to prefer versatility when it comes to offensive line depth and Madsen is nothing but a center. He has significantly short arms at 30" which hurts in maintaining proper balance when engaging defenders. He'll be a project in pass protection until he gets stronger and anchors himself better.

Bottom Line:

Will Montgomery had more downs than ups last year. Lost in the blame game of the RGIII injury is the fact that Monty practically rolled the ball to Griffin on that infamous play. Erik Cook was a failed experiment, so the Redskins went into the season with Lichtensteiger behind Montgomery who was coming off a major knee injury. Lucky for them, Monty started all 16 games (even playing through a sprained MCL). The Redskins will be looking for offensive line depth in the late rounds, but Joe Madsen just does not provide the versatility they usually desire.