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Can LaRon Byrd be the Weapon the Redskins are Missing at WR?

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It's no secret that the Redskins are lacking in size and youth at wide receiver. The NFL draft holds some interesting options at the position. If a prospect like Ole Miss' LaQuon Treadwell were to slip to pick 21, the Redskins could draft the 6'2" 221 pound wideout to provide a presence on the outside. They could opt for a slight reach at pick 21 and select TCU's Josh Doctson(6'3" 202). Ohio State's Michael Thomas(6'3" 212) is another possible target, although I view him as an early second round pick. Some options in the second or later include Ohio State's Braxton Miller(6'1" 201), Pitt's Tyler Boyd(6'1" 197), Clemson's Charone Peake(6'2" 209), Tulsa's Keyarris Garrett(6'3" 220) and Cal's Kenny Lawler(6'2" 203).

However, if the Redskins choose to look at an in-house candidate, they could turn to the 6'4" 220 pound 5th year pro out of the University or Miami.

Byrd, who will turn 27 in August, signed a futures contract with the Redskins after being added to the practice squad November 9th last season. He's had a very underwhelming career thus far, after we went undrafted in 2012, and was signed as a free agent my the Arizona Cardinals. He spent a year on the teams practice squad, and was waived/injured the following summer. He cleared waivers, and reverted to injured reserve. He was released from the team on April 4, 2014. On May 1, 2014, Byrd signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut by Dallas before the start of the season, and was promptly claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on August 31st. Byrd played in just one game for the Browns before being released on October 3rd. He was re-signed to the Cowboys practice squad on October 7, 2014, but was released two days later. The Miami Dolphins signed Byrd on April 15, 2015 to compete for a spot on their roster. He was released on August 30th, and signed a week later to the Falcons' practice squad. LaRon spent almost two months with the Falcons before being released November 3. The Redskins signed him to their practice squad the following week.

Byrd has been a journeyman the past four years, failing to catch on long-term with any team. He does however possess some tantalizing measurables. He ran a 4.45 40 yard dash at Miami's Pro Day in 2012, and at 6'4", with a 36" vert, he can really go up and get the ball.