2012 Depth Charts, Draft and Off Season Preview: Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins

Depth Chart

QB - John Beck
RB - Roy Helu, Evan Royster
FB - Darrel Young, Mike Sellers
WR - Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Leonard Hankerson, Terrence Austin, Anthony Armstrong, Niles Paul, Brandon Banks
TE - Chris Cooley, Logan Paulsen, Richard Quinn
OT - Jammal Brown, Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus
OG - Chris Chester, Maurice Hurt
C - Erik Cook

DE - Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins, Doug Worthington, Kentwan Balmer
NT - Barry Cofield, Chris Baker, Chris Neild
OLB - Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Markus White
MLB - Perry Riley, Lorenzo Alexander
CB - DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Kevin Barnes
FS - OJ Otogwe
SS - Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes

K - Graham Gano
P -
LS - Nick Sundberg

Reserve/Future Contract: QB Jonathan Crompton, RB Tristan Davis, OG Nevin McCaskill, S Travon Bellamy

Restricted Free Agents: WR Aldrick Robinson, OT Willie Smith, CB Brandyn Thompson, CB Byron Westbrook

Unrestricted Free Agents: QB Rex Grossman, RB Tim Hightower, RB Ryan Torain, WR Trent Shelton, WR Donte Stallworth, TE Fred Davis, P Josh Bidwell, P Sam Rocca, OT Sean Locklear, C Kory Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, OG Eric Olsen (Signed with Saints), DL Adam Carriker, DL Kedric Golston, DL Ma'ake Kemoeatu, DL Doug Worthington, LB London Fletcher, LB Keyaron Cox, LB Rocky McIntosh, CB Phillip Buchanon, S Chris Horton, S LaRon Landry, S Kareem Moore

2011 Recap (5-11)

Washington started the season 3-1, but predictably fell off bad, only winning two more games the rest of the way. The main reason, of course, was the quarterback play. The team was middle of the pack in all defensive categories, but with such inconsistent quarterbacking, there was no way they were going to contend for a playoff spot.

Key Free Agents

The Redskins are a bad team who can't let any of their current talent get away. Fred Davis is priority number one, and the Skins are rumored to use the franchise tag on him, since the tight end salary number won't be an arm and a leg this year. Davis was the Redskins top target before missing the final month of a season due to suspension. Starting center Will Montgomery is a free agent, but he is a mediocre option. There is really nobody else on offense that the Skins will miss. Unless they want to bring back Rex Grossman, but hopefully for them, it is as a backup only.

If there is a 37 year old free agent in the NFL that a team absolutely has to resign, it is middle linebacker London Fletcher. He remains one of the most productive defensive players in the NFL more then a decade after winning a championship with the St. Louis Rams. He is a great fit in the 3-4 and a defensive leader. The team needs to bring him back and keep their excellent linebacking group intact.

LaRon Landry also is a free agent. He is a good player who hasn't been able to live up to his draft status, mainly because of injuries. He has played in only half of the teams games the last two seasons. The Redskins could bring him back cheaply if they choose to do so. Guys like Adam Carriker, Kareem Moore and Kedric Golston could return as backups.

Biggest Needs

The biggest need for the Redskins has remained the same since Mark Rypien brought a title to DC 20 years ago, a real quarterback. Grossman was okay at times, but he threw an interception in all but one game as a starter, and several of those picks crippled the team. The Skins have the ammo and the aggressive owner to move up into the top two if they feel Robert Griffin III is worth the risk, and as always, will be a major player in free agency.

Other then that, the roster is pretty solid. A true number one wideout, some offensive line help and depth all along defense are other big needs.

Possible Free Agent Targets

QB Peyton Manning, Colts. The Redskins will be major players for Peyton Manning. But will Manning want to throw to some unproven wideouts behind a weak line? And more importantly, will he want to go against his brother twice a year? There are a lot of reasons Manning will and won't choose the Redskins.

QB Matt Flynn, Packers. Flynn might not be a great fit in Mike Shanahan's offense, but he is clearly the top free agent quarterback available. If the Dolphins and Redskins lose out on Manning, expect both to go hard after Flynn.

WR Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs. WR Vincent Jackson, Chargers. WR Marques Colston, Saints. Santana Moss has been one of the best Washington Redskins wideouts of all time, but at this point in his career he would be much better served as a second wideout. All of the guys listed above have the size and skills to be that top option.

OG Carl Nicks, Saints. Nicks does not come from a zone blocking offense, but he is one of the very best guards in football, and the Redskins have no problem paying big money for elite free agents. The interior of Washington's line is average, and that is even before impending free agent Kory Lichtensteiger tore his knee to pieces.

Possible Draft Targets

The Redskins have the 6th overall pick in the first round.

QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor. The Redskins would love to get their hands on RG3, but will have to trade up to pick number 2 to get him. The cost will be steep, but it might be a move the Redskins have to make. They have tried to plug guys into the spot ever since Heath Shuler busted. It will most likely take two first rounders and two second rounders.

WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. Washington sits in a tough spot to predict if they don't trade up or down. A few of the top guys would be good additions. Blackmon would be the number one wideout for this team by default. But he might only be the fourth option after Fred Davis, Santana Moss and Roy Helu.

OT Riley Reiff, Iowa. Jamaal Brown is a good player but just cannot stay healthy. Reiff would most likely be an upgrade anyways.

Jonathan Carrano

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