John Keim: There are still some things to be determined. But I'll go with this: LT Trent Williams, LG Shawn Lauvao, RG Spencer Long, RT Brandon Scherff. Notice I left off center because while I think Kory Lichtensteiger played well this past season, it wouldn't stun me if they shifted Chris Chester to center. Long is a terrific fit for line coach Bill Callahan and would team up nicely with Scherff, becoming a powerful run side.
Keim: I'm not great at comparisons, but the manner in which Preston Smith will be used is comparable to former New York Giant Justin Tuck (who is faster than Smith), in terms of shifting inside on occasion. Smith was excellent rushing from the nose in college; in fact, I thought he was better there than outside. Excellent hands. (One member of the organization thought the Tuck comparison was valid).
I suppose anything is possible, James, but an 80 percent turnover of the starters on the offensive line doesn't seem very likely. Trent Williams and Shawn Lauvao are locked in on the left side. Yes, Lauvao wasn't very good for a good chunk of last year but he did get better as the year went on and power blocking is more suited to his strengths. It's likely that Kory Lichtensteiger is safe even though he's not an ideal fit in the revamped scheme. On the right side, one change is certain, as Brandon Scherff will start at right tackle. Although I'm not ruling out the possibility that Chris Chester holds on to his right guard job, I think the chances are pretty good that Spencer Long can push past him on the depth chart. So, the chances are that there will be two new starters not four. As they say, James, half a loaf is better than none.
Sometimes players battle with injuries early in their careers and then figure out how to stay healthy. They learn how to prepare during the week and before games to minimize the chance of getting hurt and between the lines they don't take unnecessary hits. And others don't figure it out and spend a lot of time on the inactive list. We don't know yet which direction Reed's career will take. He has Pro Bowl level talent if he can stay on the field; if he can't, he stretches the depth of the tight end group.
The first four aren't particularly difficult to figure out. Culliver, 26, is new GM Scot McCloughan's handpicked No. 1. Hall, 31, brings playmaking ability and leadership to a group that needs a veteran's voice in the meeting room. Of course, he'll have to show that he's fully recovered from a twice-torn Achilles, but the early indications are positive. Breeland, 23, showed promise as a rookie and, thanks to a good instincts, toughness and study habits, should continue his upward trajectory. Amerson, meanwhile, slogged through a rough sophomore season, but the hope at Redskins Park is that the 23-year-old will rebound.