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Washington Redskins: Team Draft Needs

Mario Puig

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Robert Griffin scoes 11 fewer touchdowns in 2013 than he did in his 2012 rookie year, giving up nine more turnovers while he was at it. The Redskins need to get him back on track, which means getting receiver help alongside Pierre Garcon. The secondary also needs a lot of work.

1. Cornerback


Both DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are free agents, and the team apparently still isnít sure whether 2013 second-round pick David Amerson is a cornerback or a safety. The trio wasnít even particularly productive in 2013, so even re-signing Hall and Wilson is a bit of a dreary prospect. Although the Redskins donít have a first-round pick due to the trade with St. Louis that landed them Robert Griffin two years ago, but this draft has good enough depth at the position to give the Redskins some worthwhile second- and third-round targets.


2. Wide receiver


If the Redskins think Pierre Garcon can single-handedly carry the Washington passing game, disappoint awaits. Leonard Hankerson is questionable to start the year due to a late-November ACL and LCL tear, and both Santana Moss and Joseph Morgan are unproductive free agents. Robert Griffin needs more talent around him if heís going to bounce back from his disappointing sophomore season, so a target like Jordan Matthews, Allen Robinson or Davante Adams makes a great deal of sense for Washington with their second-round pick.


3. Safety


The 2013 rookie duo of Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo canít be counted upon, and Washington should do just about everything in its power to make itself independent from Brandon Meriweather, whoís a penalty machine and a general embarrassment for the team. Unfortunately for Washington, there isnít a lot of obvious safety talent in this draft. If they want to get a solid potential starter, they might need to take one with their first pick in the second round.


Potential targets

Cornerback


Second round

-Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (6-0, 195)
-Jason Verrett, TCU (5-10, 180)
-Bradley Roby*, Ohio State (5-11, 190)

Third round
-Marcus Roberson*, Florida (6-0, 195)
-Terrance Mitchell*, Oregon (6-0, 190)
-Victor Hampton*, South Carolina (5-10, 200)
-E.J. Gaines, Missouri (5-10, 195)
-Louchiez Purifoy*, Florida (6-0, 190)
-Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (5-8, 190)

Fourth round and later
-Keith McGill, Utah (6-2, 205)
-Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma (6-0, 190)
-Chris Davis, Auburn (5-10, 200)
-Antone Exum, Virginia Tech (6-0, 220)

Wide receiver


Second round

-Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (6-3, 205)
-Brandin Cooks*, Oregon State (5-10, 190)
-Allen Robinson*, Penn State (6-3, 210)
-Davante Adams*, Fresno State (6-2, 220)
-Brandon Coleman*, Rutgers (6-5, 220)

Third round
-Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin (6-1, 190)
-Donte Moncrief*, Mississippi (6-2, 225)
-Bruce Ellington*, South Carolina (5-9, 195)
-Cody Latimer*, Indiana (6-2, 215)

Fourth round and later
-Mike Davis, Texas (6-2, 195)
-Cody Hoffman, BYU (6-3, 210)
-Martavis Bryant*, Clemson (6-4, 200)
-Jeremy Gallon, Michigan (5-8, 185)
-Jalen Saunders, Fresno State (5-9, 160)
-Devin Street, Pittsburgh (6-3, 195)
-TJ Jones, Notre Dame (6-0, 195)
-Josh Huff, Oregon (5-11, 200)
-LíDamian Washington, Missouri (6-4, 205)
-Paul Richardson*, Colorado (6-1, 170)
-Shaquelle Evans, UCLA (6-1, 205)
-Allen Hurns, Miami (FL) (6-2, 195)
-Josh Stewart*, Oklahoma State (5-10, 185)
-Tracy Moore, Oklahoma State (6-1, 215)
-Robert Herron, Wyoming (5-9, 190)
-Ryan Grant, Tulane (6-0, 190)
-Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest (5-10, 190)

Safety

Second round

-Calvin Pryor*, Louisville (6-2, 210)
-Deone Bucannon, Washington State (6-1, 215)
-Ahmad Dixon, Baylor (6-0, 205)

Third round
-Dion Bailey*, USC (6-0, 200)
-Terrence Brooks, Florida State (5-11, 200)
-Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (5-8, 190)
-Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt (6-0, 205)

Fourth round and later
-Marqueston Huff, Wyoming (5-11, 195)
-Craig Loston, LSU (6-1, 210)
-Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State (5-10, 210)
-Dezmen Southward (6-1, 210)
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