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The Redskins Can Still Add Starters, Rotational Pieces, And Key Depth On Day 3

The Redskins will have a handful of chances to improve the roster at key positions.

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Two days of the draft have come and gone what have we learned about the Redskins based on their selections? I describe the Redskins choices as “reactionary” which is not necessarily a bad thing. The Redskins front office certainly has decided to break the mold of recent drafts which seemingly balanced more BPA with future needs. This draft so far has been a direct response to the Redskins shortcomings last season.

On day 1 the team selected Da’Ron Payne adding talent to the middle of the Redskins defensive line to help stop the run and addressing a position that has been neglected for years and adding depth to a position which was decimated by injury last year.

On day 2 the Redskins traded back in the second round and picked up a 3rd round pick which was an excellent move. They selected Derrius who is a clear first-round talent on the field but is mired in controversy because of alleged character concerns and unreported off-field issues. Guice comes in and immediately can be a feature back in the Redskins offense improving the run game immensely. The selected address another area of weakness last year.

Later in the evening, the Redskins used the 3rd round selection they picked up to select Geron Christian a tackle. Though at times I felt I was the only one pushing for tackle depth this offseason I never thought the Redskins would do it especially given the other players on the board at the time. They addressed another position of weakness that was also decimated by injury last season with the selection.

What is in store for today and where can the team still improve?

If the team is sticking with the reactionary nature of their selections based on last seasons weaknesses there are a couple of positions still that can clearly be addressed.

Inside Linebacker

The team also became weak at the position last year when injuries plagued the unit. The team has starters in Zach Brown and Mason Foster but can still add quality depth to the position as well as the potential for a future starter. Who is left?

  • Josey Jewell
  • Micah Kiser
  • Christian Sam


Some might have scratched their head with the Geron Christian pick yesterday considering the state guard position which has a lot of ‘guys’ but no clear starter and the center position which consists solely of Chase Roullier. The interior OL unit was also weakened by injury last year and just like the inside linebacker position the team can add quality depth to the position(s) with some potential for a future starter to emerge. Who is left?

  • Tyrell Crosby
  • Colby Gossett
  • Scott Quessenberry
  • Wyatt Teller
  • Will Clapp


With speculation swirling about how healthy can Monte Nicholson remain once he starts playing the Redskins could use some depth and additional talent at the position. There are a few safeties left that have starting potential and can contribute immediately in 3 safety sub packages.

  • DeShon Elliott
  • Kam Kelly
  • Armani Watts
  • Dane Cruikshank
  • Kyzir White

Is BPA still in play?

If so the Redskins could very well address a few more positions before the day is over and get some help that can contribute on day 1.


The cornerback position is filled with depth and I suspected a few starting quality caliber players would fall to day 3. There are a lot of guys that can come in and provide depth, contribute on special teams, or even compete for the nickel spot.

  • Anthony Averett
  • Holton Hill
  • Quinton Meeks
  • D.J. Reed
  • Levi Wallace
  • Nick Nelson
  • Tarvares McFadden
  • + many more


Tough unlikely given the trade for Kevin Hogan a few weeks ago the Redskins still have the option to grab a developmental signal caller and who knows they could supplant McCoy and give the team a bit of flexibility for the future. There are a few good prospects left.

  • Mike White
  • Kyle Lauletta
  • Luke Falk

Wide Receiver

As I suspected there is a dearth of talent left at the position. Though the top end of the class was very thin a good portion of the remaining wide receivers can be contributors at every level of offense. The Redskins are set with their starters but could grab one to compete with Robert Davis, Mo Harris, and Brian Quick.

  • Equanimous St. Brown
  • Marcell Ateman
  • Keke Coutee
  • Trey Quinn
  • Allen Lazard
  • DaeSean Hamilton
  • + many more

Tight End

We saw Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesecki, and Mark Andrews get selected yesterday and there is still a ton of talent left at the position. Jordan Reed's status is always up in the air and Vernon Davis isn't getting any younger. The Redskins could add another receiving threat or a more well-rounded prospect to develop at the position and eventually crack the rotation as early as this year.

  • Ian Thomas
  • Chris Herndon IV
  • Troy Fumagalli
  • Dalton Shultz

Why Not Double Dip With DL?

The Redskins spent a premium pick at the position but there are still some major questions regarding the status of some veterans this year and next. Ziggy Hood and Phil Taylor’s spots are far from guaranteed. I maintain that McClain is a waste of a roster spot and he could be gone next year as a cap casualty. The Redskins can really commit to a young disruptive offensive line with another investment in the position.

  • Maurice Hurst
  • R.J. McIntosh
  • Tim Settle
  • Jalyn Holmes
  • Andrew Brown
  • Bilal Nichols

There are a lot of directions the Redskins can go on day three and they have a plethora of talent to choose from still.


Should The Redskins Continue Their ‘Reactionary’ Approach On Day 3?

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  • 49%
    Yes, They Should Continue To Fill Needs Such As Linebacker, Guard/Center, and Safety
    (407 votes)
  • 50%
    No, They Should Take The Best Player Avaliable Even If That Is A CB, QB, WR, TE, or DL
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