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Washington Redskins (Last Year: 9-7)
It's pretty amazing that you could be projected to finish last in your division, and still possibly win nine games, but that's what it's looking like for the D.C. Skins. New head coach Jim Zorn (another disciple of Mike Holmgren's West Coast offense) looks to bring some energy to this franchise that I think could really use it in terms of coaching because it's what they need to get back to the playoffs. On to the Redksins draft range with the 21st pick in the 2008 NFL Draft:
Phillip Daniels is nearing the end of his career (35 years old) so it makes sense to bring in his replacement. Andre Carter enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career (10.5 sacks) and so I don't think the Skins will be looking at a right defensive end. Phillip Merling is great against the run, and he has enough talent and athleticism to generate eight sacks a season in the league. Merling reminds me of Patrick Kerney. His sports hernia injury might worry GMs, but an injection of youth could be needed in Washington.
Limas Sweed/James Hardy:
What I think this offense needs at receiver is reliability. Reliability obviously means being able to make clutch plays and have solid hands. Sweed and Hardy are possession targets who could really open up this offense for Jason Campbell and company.
His athleticism and general awareness make him a great fit for any defense, but especially when you have a starter such as Shawn Springs who is starting to show his age on the field. Bringing in Mike Jenkins would be an extremely smart pick both addressing need and value at No. 21.
Watch out for Daniel Snyder on Draft Day. He's pretty reckless and he doesn't mind trading up (Jason Campbell and Rocky McIntosh).
Let's explore the draft range for the second round on.
Considering the strength of this defensive tackle class in the second tier, it would be wise to make an investment in the trenches. You can't go wrong with players such as Pat Sims, Dre Moore, Trevor Laws, or Red Bryant in the second round. For mid-round prospects, Andre Fluellen, DeMario Pressley and Nick Hayden fit this defense in the fourth to sixth round draft range.
If they don't go with a corner like Jenkins at No. 21, they have to look elsewhere in the draft. Brandon Flowers, Tracy Porter, Charles Godfrey, and Antwaun Molden are whom Washington will be targeting in the second to fourth rounds.
With the loss of Sean Taylor, help is needed at safety. Josh Barrett, Tyrell Johnson, DaJuan Morgan, Craig Steltz, and Jamar Adams are possibilities in the third to fifth round draft range.
For H-Back fits like Chris Cooley, I love Dustin Keller and Jacob Tamme in the third round.
Offensive line depth is crucial in this draft as well. Eric Young, John Greco, Mike McGlynn and Adam Kraus all can play guard or right tackle. Look for them to be in that fourth to seventh round draft range.
For a mid-round possession prospects I really love, look at Keenan Burton. He had an impressive combine and he has elite concentration ability when the ball is in the air. He runs great routes and is a film rat who provides great leadership. I think he can be a solid No. 2 or 3 receiver in the NFL.
Jordy Nelson and Earl Bennett would be solid values in the second round, while Marcus Henry and D.J. Hall make more sense in Rounds four or five.
Washington Redskins 2008 Offseason Needs
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