With the busy portion of the free agent signing period over, it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2016 NFL Draft and, specifically, holes Redskins GM Scot McCloughan still must fill. (And, yes, there are many.) Over the next few weeks, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir will examine prospects that could be a fit in Washington.
Depth chart: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross and LaRon Byrd.
Current situation: Assuming there are no unanticipated developments in the coming months, the Redskins don’t appear to have an immediate need at wide receiver. In fact, the position should be an area of strength with a top-3 that’s anchored by Jackson, Garcon and Crowder.
But there are a few things to keep in mind here. Consider:
- Jackson and Garcon—both 29—will be free agents after next season.
- Andre Roberts is recovering from knee surgery and, considering he has a $5 million cap hit and has struggled the past two years, his status is tenuous. Roberts, 28, was the No. 5 wide receiver last season in terms of snaps.
- It's also important to note that the current group lacks size. Jackson is listed at 5 foot 10, Garcon is 6-0 and Crowder is 5-8. The tallest receiver on the roster is Byrd, who is 6-4 but has just one career reception...and that came in 2012 with the Cardinals.
- Veteran Anquan Boldin visited Redskins Park late last month, indicating GM Scot McCloughan indeed has an interest in bolstering the position. If signed, Boldin, 35, would be the biggest proven receiver on the roster at 6 foot 1, 220-pounds.
Given all that, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if McCloughan invested a draft pick at wide receiver later this month. The question, really, is where?
- Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
Does not possess elite speed, but has good size and length at 6 foot 2, 221-pounds and consistently wins contested balls. Had an SEC best 82 catches for 1,153 yards (14.1 per) and 11 touchdowns as a junior last season. Mock drafts have him going anywhere from 12th to 23rd overall.
- Michael Thomas, Ohio State
The nephew of former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, Tomas is listed at 6 foot 3, 212-pounds and projects as a potential No. 1 wide out. Produced a combined 110 catches, 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns the past two seasons for the Buckeyes. Projected by NFLDraftScout.com as a second round pick.
- Tajae Sharpe, UMass
Listed at foot 2, 194-pounds, Sharpe has good acceleration and is a precise route runner. As a senior, he produced a nation-leading 111 receptions for 1,319 yards and five touchdowns. The Redskins reportedly met with Sharpe at the East-West Shrine Game. Projected as a 3rd-5th round pick.