Rotoworld’s Evan Silva and Josh Norris weighed in on the Redskins on Tuesday morning, and I thought their analysis of the team’s needs and potential draft targets was spot-on and worth discussing here.
In Silva’s estimation, the Redskins’ top three needs are running back, offensive line and defensive line. It’s hard to argue with that assessment, particularly the pressing need at running back given the fact that Matt Jones is one of only two the only healthy running backs on the roster at the moment...and even he is coming off a minor hip procedure. (The other is Mack Brown.)
Silva’s rates Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses as quality starters. He also calls left guard (Spencer Long/Shawn Lauvao) “a possible area of need.” Center is Silva’s primary concern; he says Kory Lichtensteiger is “ill-suited” for Bill Callahan's power running scheme. Again, hard to argue with any of that. As I mentioned recently, this draft is deep at center and it would make a lot of sense for GM Scot McCloughan to pick one.
As for the defensive line, Silva says the unit needs a starting nose tackle to replace the departed Terrance Knighton and a young interior gap-shooter to use in sub packages. And, as we’ve mentioned a number of times, this is a good year to be in need of a defensive lineman (or two). In fact, Norris has eight defensive tackles/ends ranked among the top-32 on his big board.
Based on the above needs, Norris also did a Redskins-specific seven round mock draft in which he selected four players on defense and four on offense. Here are Norris’ picks in the first three rounds:
- No. 21: DL Jonathan Bullard (Florida). Listed at 6-3, 285-pounds, he had 18 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as a senior.
- No. 53: RB Jordan Howard (Indiana). The 6-0, 230-pounder rushed for 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games last season.
- No. 84: DT Austin Johnson (Penn State). Listed at 6-4, 314-pounds, Johnson amassed 78 tackles, including 15 for loss, and 6.5 sacks last season.
Norris also has the Redskins selecting Michigan State center Jack Allen in the fourth round and USC quarterback Cody Kessler in the seventh, which, of course, would address two more of Washington's needs.
For Rotoworld’s full post on the Redskins (complete with Norris’ breakdown of all eight prospects), click here.