We all saw the Redskins collapse coming. Dan Snyder uses the band-aid theory. He wants to slap a band-aid (free agency) on his team's weaknesses and he has faith every year that this is all it takes to become a winner.
However, when you add the best defensive player in the game to your line, I tend to change my opinion. Albert Haynesworth is an absolute beast and I personally do not think Washington overpaid for him. He will revitalize this defense and it would not shock me if Washington makes the playoffs next year. I would like to see Washington build through the draft this April - but will Daniel Snyder try to make a play for Braylon Edwards and offer his No. 1 pick?
Let's get to their draft range at No. 13 overall:
Right tackle: The staff seems convinced to move on from Jon Jansen on the right side and get younger up front. The prime candidates at 13 would then be Michael Oher, Andre Smith, and do not forget about Eben Britton.
Defensive End: Adding Haynesworth might not be enough. Washington might want to add a defensive end opposite Andre Carter. Robert Ayers, Larry English, Aaron Maybin and Everette Brown are all possibilities. We have to consider the smaller linemen because this staff spent a second-round pick on a 244-pound veteran (Jason Taylor).
Trade up for Mark Sanchez: It really seems like Dan Snyder has given up on Jason Campbell, and no owner in the NFL cares less about draft picks than Snyder. He has shown an ability to make ridiculous trades for big names. Sanchez is a big name, and even though I feel like it would set this team back because of his lack of experience in college (not being ready for pros quite yet), Snyder wants to make a big move. Look for Washington to trade up with the Jaguars or Raiders to get their guy.
I really feel like those are the only three possibilities for Washington in the first round.
Washington would still have needs at strongside linebacker, center and a future middle linebacker after London Fletcher retires.
Tyrone McKenzie and Marcus Freeman would be great acquisitions in the third round to man the strongside. They have versatility to also play WILL and can step in immediately and be starters.
If Washington were to not go right tackle in the first round, Fenuki Tupou, Phil Loadholt, Gerald Cadogan and Robert Brewster would all be solid additions in the third or fourth rounds.
Center is a huge need. Antoine Caldwell, Jonathan Luigs, Eric Wood and A.Q. Shipley are third- or fourth-round options. Caldwell/Luigs/Wood would be immediate starters.
The staff might want a more athletic linebacker to back up Fletcher and be the future starter there. Gerald McCrath, Dannell Ellerbe and Worrell Williams would all be valuable picks in the fourth-to-sixth rounds.
Washington does not have many needs, and with a very productive draft they could surprise some people next season and make a playoff run.
Mock draft using my own draft order based on my season predictions. including Super Bowl predictions.
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