The Washington Redskins have went from an old roster, to a young roster in a matter of months. Parting ways with aging vets such as Bowen, Cofield, Polumbus and Clark, and adding some new young blood in players like Paea, Johnson, Knighton and Culliver have certainly given a facelift to the potential starting lineup.
Below is a look at my 30-or-under starters.
QB - Robert Griffin(25): I expect a healthy, bounce-back year, with over 4000 yards passing and 27 TD's vs 8 INT's
RB - Alfred Morris(26): Another 1000 yard season is on the horizon. The question is, will he become a receiving threat out of the backfield.
FB - Darrel Young(27): I know fullbacks are not used a lot in the NFL, but when you have one like Young, you need to find ways to get him involved in the offense.
TE - Jordan Reed(24): Durability and blocking are his biggest concerns.
WR - DeSean Jackson(28): 80 catches and over 1200 yards should be a reachable goal.
WR - Pierre Garçon(28): Garçon should revert back to his 2013 form, and provide a reliable target for Griffin.
LT - Trent Williams(26): The best player on the team will remain a Pro Bowler in 2015.
LG - Shawn Lauvao(27): I expect a much better season in year two in D.C.
C - Cameron Erving(22): The Redskins trade back in the first round and draft a future All-Pro center. This move allows the team to move on from the under-sized, and ineffective Lichtensteiger.
RG - Spencer Long(24): Long showed glimpses of his ability late last season. He wins the job in training camp, and at the same time sends Chris Chester packing.
RT - Xavier Nixon(24): This may be a bit of a surprise to some, but I believe Nixon has the ability to be a very solid RT, and wins the job over Compton in TC, while Moses starts the season on IR.
3-Tech DT/DE - Stephen Paea(26): Paea should be occupying the 3-tech DE spot in our one-gap 3-4 defense, and should also see time as a 1-tech NT in sub packages.
NT - Terrance Knighton(28): Knighton may not be an every down player, but he's a true NT that fans have been clammoring for since we began running the 3-4.
5-Tech DE - Chris Baker(27): Hatcher may be the popular choice here, but I'm going with the younger, more powerful and durable Baker, who at 6'2" 325 is a good option as a 1-gap 3-4 DE. Scot loves big boys, and Baker is just that.
LOLB - Ryan Kerrigan(26): Not much needs to be said here. Kerrigan is a stud in his prime.
MLB - Keenan Robinson(25): Robinson played at a Pro Bowl level last season. I expect an even better 2015 from the leader of our defense.
MLB - Perry Riley(26): Fans were down on Riley last year, but an improved secondary will help hide some of his coverage flaws. He's a good young down hill run stopper.
ROLB - Trent Murphy(24): I expect the second year pro to make a big jump this season.
CB - Bashaud Breeland(23): Breeland was a pleasant surprise as a 4th round rookie last year. Although he did struggle at times in coverage, some of this falls on poor safety play, and the rest on youth and inexperience. He'll only get better.
CB - Chris Culliver(26): Culliver is a big, physical corner who is in his prime. He should bring an attitude to this secondary.
SS - Jeron Johnson(26): The newly acquired Johnson should have first cracks at the starting strong safety spot.
FS - Dashon Goldson(30): Goldson was brought in more likely as a one-to-two year stop-gap, but he should represent a big upgrade over Ryan Clark.