Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Washington Redskins [full archive here].
Season Recap: There’s hope in Washington! The Redskins won the RG3 sweepstakes and have finally, after many long years, acquired a franchise quarterback. Robert Griffin III will be the face of Washington for the next 10 seasons and can lead this team to greatness. With the intelligence of Mike Shanahan and a very solid defense, the Redskins should be a much improved and competitive team in 2012.
1. Cornerback: I’ve left quarterback off this list because RG3 is all but officially on the roster. The Redskins have DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson, but could use another corner to man the slot. Washington will have to wait until the third round to acquire a corner: Jayron Hosley, Dwight Bentley, and Alfonzo Dennard will likely be available.
2. Running back: Roy Helu and Evan Royster played well during their rookie seasons, but they can’t be expected to carry the load. There is talk that Tim Hightower may be resigned, but the Redskins will have to draft a running back in the middle rounds as assurance. Mike Shanahan has never had trouble finding capable runners in the draft, and this year will be no exception. Chris Polk, Bernard Price, and Robert Turbin are players that should be available.
3. Offensive Line: The Redskins’ starting line appears set, but you can never have enough depth. Center is the most pressing need, and I’m sure Robert Griffin would love having former teammate Phillip Blake join the squad. Blake will be a third or fourth round selection.