Washington’s big offseason move was the trade for Alex Smith that gives the Redskins their new quarterback. With the 2018 NFL Draft just around the corner, here is a look at the Washington Redskins Team Needs heading into the draft.
Washington Redskins Team Needs
Look for the Redskins to bring in another young back to compete with Rob Kelley and Samje Perine for early down work, as neither of the two have been able to take hold of the job. Don’t be surprised if the team chooses to go after Derrius Guice in the first round.
Losing two young promising cornerbacks in Kendall Fulller and Bashaud Breeland this offseason leaves the team thin at depth in the defensive backfield. The signing of Orlando Scandrick and a second year jump for Fabian Moreau will help ease the pain but bringing in more young pieces to continue rebuilding what was recently a weakness of this team.
Finding a run-stopper to plug into the middle of their defensive line has been a need for the last two seasons and must be addressed this offseason. With most of their money being thrown the offenses way in free agency, look for the draft to continue the defensive line rebuild.
The linebacker group has some solid pieces in place, but desperately needs a rangy leader in the middle of the field to carry what is becoming a young defensive unit.
Paul Richardson was signed this offseason to join Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson in the Redskins receiving corps. However, more depth is needed beyond that and the team would be wise to look at late round options Michael Gallup and Allen Lazard.
The trade for Alex Smith has the team set for the foreseeable future at quarterback, however the team should begin looking for a young prospect to groom as the next successor. As we saw multiple times last year, having a solid backup can keep a promising offense rolling if something was to happen to the starter.
With Smith under the center the tight end positon becomes one of the most important receivers on the field. While the Redskins possess one of the top receiving tight ends in the league when healthy, Jordan Reed has never played a full season in the NFL. Bringing in another prospect like Dalton Schultz early on day three would allow the team to release the aging Vernon Davis and set themselves up for the future.