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The Redskins’ wide receiver depth chart is going to be shaken up this year and it likely will look very, very different by the time the 2017 season starts.

The selection of Josh Doctson in the first round of the draft today was more about 2017 than it was about 2016. But the immediate effect will be that he will need to get some snaps this year to prepare for a bigger role next year.

It seems likely that Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson will remain the starters on the outside with Jamison Crowder taking a lot of snaps as the slot receiver. Doctson will compete with holdovers Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross for playing time. It will be a major upset if Doctson didn’t win that competition by the time the season starts.

It should be noted that Andre Roberts is still on the roster but he does not appear to be in the Redskins’ plans and is likely to be released sometime before training camp.

We also can look for a lot of sets with four and five receivers with the 6-2 Doctson and the 6-2 Jordan Reed in the slots. That will create some severe matchup problems for opposing defenses, particularly if they do it in the red zone.

Taking a peek ahead to 2017, both Jackson and Garçon will be over the age of 30 and both will be free agents. It seems likely that one or both of them will walk, leaving Doctson as the No. 1 receiver with Grant, Ross, and perhaps another draft pick and/or free agent will fill in the rest of the depth chart.