INDIANAPOLIS—Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 18, 20 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.
Question of the day
While I’m here at the NFL Combine this week, I’m going to change it up a bit. I’m going to pose the question each morning centered around the draft and the position group that will be talking to the media on that day. You can find the daily schedule here. Up today, the offensive line.
Will the Redskins draft offensive linemen early and often?
Although just how bad off the Redskins’ offensive line is going into the offseason is a matter for debate, there is no question that the unit needs to be improved. The debate is between those who think it’s mediocre and those who think it’s awful.
Since new general manager Scot McCloughan is committed to building through the draft, any improvement over the players they currently have on the roster is likely to come from there.
So will the Redskins go hog wild, pardon the pun, drafting offensive linemen when the draft gets underway on April 30?
It seems unlikely that they will start on the O-line with their first pick. There isn’t an offensive linemen who would represent good value with the fifth overall pick out there. McCloughan is going to take the best available player at that spot and he won’t reach even if he perceives a need on the line.
As Mike Manock noted in a conference call yesterday, a lot may depend on what McCloughan thinks of Spencer Long and Morgan Moses. They were drafted in the third round last year and if the GM thinks that they can form the right side of the offensive line sooner rather than later, the line will drop down the list of needs.
Even if the Redskins want to add some offensive linemen, it may be tough to get the bigger bodies that McCloughan prefers. As noted here a few weeks ago, this draft is short on quality offensive linemen that weigh 320 or more pounds. Supply and demand will limit
Still, they will be doing their due diligence with the offensive linemen here. Even if Moses and Long are penciled in as starters, the team will need some depth to replace the inevitable departures.
So while I wouldn’t look for the Redskins to make a run on O-linemen, they will hope to get one or two big bodies to develop and keep a ready supply of young talent available for when the need arises.
—It’s been 52 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 207 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 20; Redskins offseason workouts start 61; 2015 NFL Draft 71
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