Draft Position: Round 3, Pick 92
DeSean Jackson may have stolen the headlines as the "biggest splash" Washington made in the 2014 off-season, however, Jason Hatcher was the most important signing of the Redskins off-season. Even without Jackson, the Redskins offense would be pretty damn good, but without Hatcher the Redskins defense would not have improved as much this year. Hatcher is the biggest addition to a revamped front seven that coordinator Jim Haslett looks to turn loose in 2014. Hatcher will join fellow defensive lineman Chris Baker and outside linebackers Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, and Trent Murphy as the main pass-rushers for Haslett's defense that lives and dies off getting to the quarterback. If Hatcher can play to the Pro Bowl level he did in 2013, it will not only boost the front seven, but help the secondary as well. If the front seven can rush the quarterback's decision, the Redskins ball-hawking, risk taking secondary will find themselves with plenty of opportunities to make game-changing plays. Stealing Hatcher from their divisional rival Dallas Cowboys makes the Jason Hatcher signing that much better for the Redskins. Jason Hatcher was a good signing simply because he improves the Washington Redskins, but hurting a team that you play twice a year was the cherry-on-top of the Redskins best move this off-season in my opinion. I'll predict Hatcher finishes the year with 47 tackles, 7 sacks, and two forced fumbles. It should be noted that I believe the presence of Orakpo and Kerrigan will take a toll on his sack number, making it lower than his total last year, but still solid numbers.
Roster Bubble: Options: Makes Roster, Starter
There is no doubt Jason Hatcher will make the Washington Redskins' roster in 2014, and there is equally little doubt that he will start every game as long as his health holds up. Hatcher needed to have his knee scoped following OTAs, and his return time frame was during training camp. Hatcher will be a difference-maker in 2014, and a key improvement to a defense that although will not be top-10 in the league, is better than most people give them credit for.
God always put me in the right places. I'm glad I chose Washington. #HTTR— Jason Hatcher (@hatcher97) July 18, 2014
What a day!!! Got a lot done, ready to move to VA for good tomorrow and start this special journey. #HTTR— Jason Hatcher (@hatcher97) July 15, 2014
Some of Hatcher's most memorable tweets since joining the Redskins:
@BenjaminCowboys I'm not a trader I'm a traitor and also I'm hated. Tell me something I don't know. I'm going to sleep good tonight. Lmao!— Jason Hatcher (@hatcher97) March 25, 2014
I'm about to get some shirts made with (trader) on them they'll be on my website in few weeks. Be ready because they are going to sell fast.— Jason Hatcher (@hatcher97) April 18, 2014
Wtf!! Woke up the first thing I saw was body flying pass my window, so went to the balcony and It was a man who committed suicide.— Jason Hatcher (@hatcher97) July 9, 2014
Yall every had a BM where you rush to the toilet and had to pull your pants down real fast. That just happened to me. Whew!! Lmao!!!— Jason Hatcher (@hatcher97) July 10, 2014