The 2015 offseason saw the Redskins fill quite a few positional needs. As was discussed in a post the other day, we could see as many as 10 new starters this season. Even with all the turnover on our current roster, there are still some needs moving forward that the coaching staff and new GM Scot McCloughan will need to address.
Below are some positions that could use an infusion of youth and talent:
Wide Receiver: This position may seem set for the immediate future, but both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson are not getting any younger - or any cheaper! The Redskins still do not have a starter over 6' tall, and for a team who struggles in the Red Zone, this is an issue. Tyler Boyd(Pitt) and Laquon Treadwell(Ole Miss) are two college prospects the team could target.
Tight End: The Redskins have lacked a pure tight end since Chris Cooley retired. Getting a player with in-line abilities, who can also split out to create mismatches with smaller linebackers and safeties, should be a priority. A prospect over 6'3" would also be nice inside the Red Zone.
Center: Our team saw an infusion of youth along the offensive line this offseason. We should have four starters who are 27 years old, and younger. Center remains one position that is grossly undermanned. Rookie Austin Reiter, a seventh round draft pick, may be a developmental prospect for the future, but it's hard to count on a late draft pick to even make the team, non-the-less to become a future starter. Maybe fourth year pro Josh LeRibeus can step up, and win the starting spot this preseason. If not, the Skins may need to address the position with a higher draft pick in 2016.
Defensive Line: The team added two veterans via free agency in Spephen Paea and Terrance Knighton. Knighton however, was signed to a one year contract, and may not return in 2016. Jason Hatcher will be 34, and his age and salary will make it hard to justify keeping him around another season. Even if Hatcher is retained in 2016, we will still need to plan for the future at the position. The draft should be loaded with defensive linemen, including Baylor's Shawn Oakman, Ohio State's Joey Bosa, UCLA's Eddie Vanderdose, Oregon's DeForest Buckner, Penn State's Austin Johnson, Texas' Hassan Ridgeway, Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson, Mississippi's Robert Nkemdiche and Baylor's Emmanuel Ogbah.
Linebacker: Our inside linebacking corps is not old, but it does lack versatility and play-making ability. Perry Riley is a good downhill inside backer, but he lacks ideal coverage skills. An upgrade should be in the team's future plans.
Safety: The Redskins have been lacking a young playmaker at free safety since Sean Taylor left us so tragically. This is another position that should have a few good options in the 2016 NFL draft, including Jalen Mills(LSU), Su'a Cravens(USC), Jalen Ramsey(Florida St.) and Jordan Lucas(Penn St.).
What position do you feel is in most need of an upgrade? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.