Things change fast in the days leading up to the draft and that is especially true in the case of the Washington Redskins. With Defensive Back looking like a need area, many pundits had them drafting from a strong corner back class in round one. That all changed this week, when Carolina rescinded the franchise tag on Josh Norman. A premier corner, Norman was promptly signed to a mega deal, causing analysts across the country to tear up their mocks. Washington are probably not done adding defensive help either, as there is a good chance they will still look that side of the ball early in the draft. It’s a good thing that this defense has some talent on defense, as that’s what Washington need desperately. Probably the biggest surprise when it came to the NFC’s division winners, the Skins lost a number of players in free agency, and even going back to last year there were questions being asked about depth in key positions. Washington have need at almost every position, whilst some need depth others need a serious talent boost. These three are the most pressing needs, but it is hard to argue afterwards as to what constitutes a good or bad pick.
Losing Terrence Knighton to the Patriots in free agency was a big blow that Washington will be looking to address. Their basic rotation isn’t too shabby, but they really need a big run stuffer to stop opponents from having success on interior runs. Jarran Reed is likely to still be there when Washington pick and a number of fans are seeing him as the ideal pick. DT is really the number one need for Washington, and whilst they’ll be looking at some hopeful starter level players for this year at other positions, it’s hard to see their 1st round pick being anything other than a big interior lineman.
Again focusing on defense, this is a position that will be addressed early on in rounds two or three, or, if the right player drops into their laps, maybe the first round. It’s possible that Reggie Ragland will still be on the board, and although he isn’t the most athletic talent, his skill level and high football IQ might mean that Washington pull the trigger and deviate from taking their big interior guy. Another who may tempt them if they are willing to see wait a year due to injury is Jaylon Smith. The Notre Dame man has talent aplenty, and would make a good pick up, he will still be there in round two or three depending on how other teams see him.