The good people of Hogs Haven have spoken, and the Offensive Line was once again at the top of the list for areas that needed improvement. The 2nd Round gave the Redskins a new RT in Cyrus Kouandjio, and the 3rd Round addressed the interior with a new Center in Marcus Martin. With the additions of OG Shawn Lauvao, OG/C Mike McGlynn, the release of C Will Montgomery, and the trio of 3rd year players(LeRibeus, Gettis, Compton) waiting in the wings, the OL should be vastly improved from last year.
Now we move on to the Redskins third pick in the 2014 NFL Draft at the top of the 4th Round. The top 3 rounds of the draft are generally where you look to find players that can start for you early, depending on the position they play. With the Skins picking so early in every round, you have the chance of grabbing talent that should have gone in the previous rounds. In the late rounds, 4th-7th, you are looking for hidden gems and players to develop for the future, unless you take a punter.
Christian Jones, ILB, FSU:
WEAKNESSES: Needs to improve his awareness to turn his head and find the ball. Length is advantageous, but at times will cause him to play too upright, and he needs to improve his overall leverage, especially on tackle attempts. Will get hung up on blocks at times.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa:
Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida :
James Gayle, OLB, Virginia Tech:
He has experience rushing out of the three-point and two-point stance, showing burst to cross the face of tackles from either role. Gayle locates the ball quickly and shows good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit. Has some experience dropping back into coverage, showing reasonable awareness and the ability to drive on the ball, though only average fluidity, overall.
Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia:
Good receiver with excellent hand-eye coordination who caught a team-high 45 passes in 2013. Frequently targeted on screens and quick passes to the flat. Can split out wide and put defensive backs on their heels with a hesitation move off the snap. Shows good burst and understanding of route concepts. Can accelerate to create separation and has the leaping ability to make catches in traffic.
Reliable pass blocker who shows good recognition skills and courage in taking on hard-charging pass-rushers.
WEAKNESSES: Runs with some tightness and lacks natural bend. Sims is tough and physical but doesn't have an ideal body type for the position, running too tall at times with inconsistent pad level and ball security.