2013 NFL Offseason: Washington Redskins
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
Washington Redskins (Last Year: 10-6)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: B-
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: The Redskins are missing their first-round pick because of the Robert Griffin trade. This is unfortunate because they're desperate for some help in their secondary. A receiver must also be obtained because Griffin doesn't have much to work with outside of Pierre Garcon.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: Considering that Washington didn't have a first-round pick to work with, the front office did a solid job of finding players who could improve the roster.
The Redskins were desperate for secondary help going into the weekend, which is why they acquired three defensive backs to help them stop Eli Manning. I wasn't a big fan of David Amerson in the second round, but Phillip Thomas (No. 119) and Bacarri Rambo (No. 191) were both tremendous steals. Thomas was taken a round later than expected, while Rambo could have easily gone off the board 100 selections earlier.
I didn't like two of Washington's picks. Jordan Reed was a luxury selection, while Chris Thompson was just unnecessary, especially when the team obtained Jawan Jamison two rounds later. Still, the Redskins undoubtedly improved their chances of repeating as NFC East champions by bolstering their defensive backfield.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
51. David Amerson, DB, N.C. State: C+ Grade
David Amerson had an outstanding 2011 campaign and was once considered a top-15 prospect. And then 2012 happened. Amerson was picked on quite often. He probably should have been chosen in the third round, but he does fill a big need, regardless of whether Washington plans on using him at corner or safety.
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85. Jordan Reed, TE, Florida: C Grade
I don't think the Redskins have enough selections to make a luxury pick like this. Jordan Reed doesn't fill a need whatsoever, but he'll be an intriguing long-term weapon for Robert Griffin. However, Washington's secondary is terrible and is in desperate need of several upgrades.
119. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State: A Grade
I'm positive I mocked Phillip Thomas to the Redskins in the third round, so he's a slight steal in the middle of the fourth frame. Thomas is a versatile safety, which is exactly what Washington needs considering Brandon Meriweather's injury concerns.
154. Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State: C- Grade
Surprise, surprise, Mike Shanahan used a late-round pick on a running back. I don't know anyone who considered Chris Thomas a draftable prospect, but I don't want to be one to question a Shanahan running back pick.
162. Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida State: B+ Grade
The Redskins found out the hard way how important rush linebacking depth is when Brian Orakpo went down in Week 2 last year. Brandon Jenkins is coming off an injury of his own (foot), but he'll provide a solid Plan B in the event of another player getting hurt.
191. Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia: A Grade
The Redskins did a great job of coming away with two steals at the safety position on Day 3. Bacarri Rambo should have gone in the third or fourth round. Washington will love his instinctive play.
228. Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers: A Grade
Another running back? You don't say! Jawan Jamison was given a third-round grade from the draft advisory committee. He fell because he's a small back with a slow 40, but he plays faster than his 4.6. This is not a need, but I love the value here in the middle of Round 7.
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Well, the ride was fun while it lasted. Robert Griffin had an exhilarating rookie campaign which saw him help lead the team to seven consecutive victories to close out the regular season. Unfortunately, Griffin tore his ACL and LCL in a playoff loss to the Seahawks, and it's unclear if he'll be ready in September.
- Two Safeties: Washington's secondary is an absolute mess. Help is needed everywhere, including both safety positions. Madieu Williams is a mediocre free agent, while Brandon Meriweather can't ever get healthy enough to see the field.
- Two Cornerbacks: Two cornerbacks must also be added. Josh Wilson is just OK, while DeAngelo Hall and Cedric Griffin are set to hit free agency (Hall was cut in March). Luckily, there will be plenty of corners available in Round 2. Signed DeAngelo Hall and E.J. Biggers
- Right Tackle: The biggest hole on Washington's front is easily right tackle. Jammal Brown is always hurt, while backup Tyler Polumbus performed miserably in his absence. Signed Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood; re-signed Tyler Polumbus
- Inside Linebacker: Keenan Robinson barely played last year, so the Redskins don't really know if he'll be able to play alongside Perry Riley once London Fletcher calls it a career. London Fletcher to return
- Left Guard: Another offensive line upgrade is needed here. Kory Lichstensteiger, who isn't very good, happens to be a free agent. Re-signed Kory Lichtensteiger
- Wide Receiver: Robert Griffin loved depending on Pierre Garcon, but he needs other weapons to work with. Santana Moss turns 34 in June.
- Rush Linebacker: The Redskins will need depth behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan if Rob Jackson leaves via free agency. Re-signed Rob Jackson
- Punter: Sav Rocca's contract is going to expire in March, but he needed to be upgraded anyway. Re-signed Sav Rocca
- Defensive Line: With Kedric Golston and Chris Baker set to hit free agency, Washington should acquire some depth in this area. Re-signed Kedric Golston; tendered Chris Baker
2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
E.J. Biggers, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
Signed with Redskins
E.J. Biggers took over for a suspended Aqib Talib in Week 6 and played surprisingly well in coverage. He's a liability in run support, however.
- Jeremy Trueblood, OT, Buccaneers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Redskins
- Darryl Tapp, DE, Eagles. Age: 28. -- Signed with Redskins
Washington Redskins Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Darrel Young (RFA), FB, Redskins. Age: 26.
Re-signed with Redskins (3 years)
Darrel Young is one of the better fullbacks in the NFL. He was a terrific lead blocker for Alfred Morris this past season.
DeAngelo Hall, CB, Redskins. Age: 29.
Re-signed with Redskins (1 year, $2.25 million)
DeAngelo Hall is a pretty overrated player. He's viewed by many as a top corner because of his high interception totals, but his tendency to get torched frequently is overlooked. Hall is also often penalized. He does make plays though, so he's a decent starter, but nothing more.
Fred Davis, TE, Redskins. Age: 27.
Signed with Redskins (1 year)
Already an overrated player, Fred Davis tore his Achilles in October. He won't be completely healthy next year.
Rob Jackson, DE/OLB, Redskins. Age: 27.
Re-signed with Redskins (1 year)
A former seventh-round pick, Rob Jackson made the most of his opportunity when Brian Orakpo went down with a season-ending injury. Jackson was solid in coverage.
Kory Lichtensteiger, G, Redskins. Age: 28.
Kory Lichtensteiger was OK at times when blocking for Robert Griffin, but he was penalized 10 times in 2012, which is a ridiculous amount.
Jammal Brown, OT, Redskins. Age: 32.
Jammal Brown missed all of 2012 with a hip injury. He's always been injury-prone, and at 32 (in March), he can't be counted on as a starter anymore.
- Madieu Williams, S, Redskins. Age: 31.
- Kedric Golston, DE/DT, Redskins. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Redskins (3 years)
- Cedric Griffin, CB, Redskins. Age: 30.
- Logan Pauslen (RFA), TE, Redskins. Age: 26.
- Lorenzo Alexander, DE/OLB, Redskins. Age: 30. -- Signed with Cardinals (3 years)
- Chris Baker (RFA), NT, Redskins. Age: 25. -- Tendered by Redskins (original)
- Tyler Polumbus, OT, Redskins. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Redskins
- Chris Wilson, DE/OLB, Redskins. Age: 31.
- Rex Grossman, QB, Redskins. Age: 33. -- Re-signed with Redskins
- Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins. Age: 31.
- Jordan Black, OT, Redskins. Age: 33.
- Tanard Jackson, S, Redskins. Age: 28.
- Sav Rocca, P, Redskins. Age: 39. -- Re-signed with Redskins (2 years, $2.24 million)
- Brandon Banks (RFA), KR, Redskins. Age: 25.
- Bryan Kehl, ILB, Redskins. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Redskins
- D.J. Johnson, CB, Redskins. Age: 27.
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