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Need to Know: The five top performing Redskins of 2013

Feb 18, 2014, 5:01 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 18, one day before the start of the NFL Combine.

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The five top performing Redskins of 2013 per Pro Football Focus (offense, defense; I believe this is premium content):

1. LT Trent Williams 38.3 overall rating—He was pretty consistent throughout the year, although he did slip a little in the latter part of the season. Williams allowed no sacks the first six games of the season and then he allowed eight in an eight-game stretch.

2. OLB Brian Orakpo 24.9—The only pending free agent on this list, Orakpo got consistently high marks in pass rush, run defense, and, yes, even in coverage. Per their analysis he dropped back in coverage 105 times and allowed just seven completions for 34 yards.

3. RT Tyler Polumbus 18.8—A lot of fans and other observers will scoff at this rating and there certainly is some reason to do so; it doesn’t seem to pass the eyeball test. But they do charge him with just four sacks all year and went for 11 straight games without allowing a sack. PFF generally rates him better as a pass blocker than as a run blocker.

4. WR Pierre Garçon 11.5—The oddity here is that PFF gave him negative grades in two games, against the Giants and 49ers, both at FedEx Field, yet he caught a total of 17 passes in those game. Overall they were much more impressed with his work running pass routes than they were with his run blocking.

5. NT Barry Cofield 9.5—The nose tackle was consistently graded better as a pass rusher than as a run stuffer. He was “in the red” (a grade of minus-1.0 or worse) against the run seven times but only once against the run pass.

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—It’s been 51 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 201 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 1; NFL Free agency starts 21; Offseason workouts start 48; NFL Draft 79

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  1. kjp0810 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    5) Barry Cofield 9.5-…”He was “in the red” (a grade of minus-1.0 or worse) against the run seven times but only once against the run”

    That last word should be pass instead of run, right?

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Yes, that’s fixed, thanks.

  2. shermanp79 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I know everyone looks at Polumbus as the worst guy on the line but so much of the pressure came up the middle. I want the Skins to bring in Mack at C if they can. Then sign a G, either Boothe or Swartz. They both have size. If they do that I would be OK with Polumbus staying another year. He is going into his 3rd year. It would be nice to grab a Collins or Saffold and even Oher who can play LT if Williams gets hurt. I just know the money is an issue. I think it is worth spending it there but we need so much. We have little info on the young guys. Hurt played some and maybe he can fill the other G [position. We now are much bigger up the middle which will allow RG3 to step up in the pocket. Our line is young and will give them a few years together. If Lebireus and Compton can show something that would be great. Maybe you keep Montgomery as a Back up if he is willing or see if you can trade any of the guys. I think Gettis is too small at 285 lbs and he will be gone. We draft a guy who can back up at G/C and maybe a RT.I think our line would be so much better. I think spending a little bit on a C who is a pro bowl guy and can call out the adjustments is important . They could go cheaper and older so they can see the youing guys and then draft what is needed. I just think if you can set the line now this offense with the addition of a couple of WRs can start to function. We can draft defense and sign a couple of FA then this team can continue to build the defense next year while we get better. A few teams made the playoffs with bad defenses, this is an offensive league during the regular season. I don’t think we are that far away. What do you think about my ideas??

    • alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Did we miss the boat on Xavier Nixon as he was on the practice squad, and had the best size and talent of any back up (maybe as talented as some starters). He was bought from the practice squad by the COLTS, a playoff team. The only reason I ask is because if we could have found a spot on the roster in front of say, maybe Tom Compton who cant find the field, and maybe rotated in with polum, I think he had a chance to start for us this year. He went to the colts and started at RT. I am just baffled at our scouting of talent after we got lucky scooping him as an UDFA. Steer me in the right direction Rich, I had high hopes for this kid and he was given a 400,000 contract. A steal for a playoff team and we cant find a spot for him………………

      • Rich Tandler - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Don’t make it sound like he rolled into Indy and walked into a starting job. Nixon started one game at guard out of absolute desperation for the Colts last year. He never did anything in preseason games or training camp to show that he was ready to play or even back up. Putting him on the PS was the right move and the Colts took him. Of course, the Redskins’ coaching staff was not known for developing players and giving them chances so maybe he’ll turn out to be OK.

        Nixon has all of the physical tools but he’s inconsistent and makes too many mental errors. That’s why he wasn’t drafted despite the talent. Again, with proper coaching and development and coaching and patience (another thing that Shanny lacked) maybe he can turn into one of the ones who got away.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Well, your ideas are kind of all over the place, which is probably where the Redskins are at this point. They’re still evaluating. My guess is that they won’t get one of the major free agents out there and that they’ll draft a tackle fairly early. Out of LeRibeus and Gettis, one will start.

  3. kenlinkins - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Cleveland will resign Mack, the new guys in charge like him. I had a lot of trouble grading Polumbus due to Chester’s problems in 2013. His one-on-one work in pass protection was OK but working as a team with Chester was a nightmare. Also, his run drive blocking and 2nd level work was some of the worst I have seen in the NFL. Many times he didn’t even touch anyone. Orakpo’s in coverage stat was good but most teams threw at Fletcher if he was in the game so I discount that. The SHOCKER to me was Cofield’s grade as a pass rusher, I sure didn’t see that one coming. I do not remember many batted balls or Cofield chasing many QB’s around last year. So IMO that’s the one I would question. As for Xavier Nixon, he still has a ton of up side but had problems with Coach Shanahan system of zone blocking, he got on the field for the Colts due to 3 injuries and needed a lot of help but showed some talent and should make the Colts team in 2014.

  4. kenlinkins - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    It just hit me, Perry Riley and D. Hall didn’t make this list. Riley went from making $700K in 2012 to about $1.4 million in 2013 as what I call a “sweeper” ILB (Fletcher is Banger”). I wonder what grade they gave him? (and if it is low, why are we so concerned with Orakpo making $11 million and everyone thinks Riley is worth $5 million or more). D. Hall played on the cheap and I had him graded as a middle level cover guy, what are they talking about to sign him? I hope we are not in another of those we must use all of our Cap money just to stand pat areas. That is not rebuilding!

  5. alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Hey I was thinking about what was said about taller ILB’s, and we drafted K. Robinson who sits at 6’3. I feel this makes the availability of Rob Jackson (6’4) being considered for some MLB duties or in packages at least.

  6. alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    As far as Nixon, I think he was waived by the COLTS, any chance he comes back with a coach like gruden who likes bigger guys. He is 6’6 315 lbs.

  7. alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Does anybody else feel this team may be more suited to a 4-3 def. If we took RAK or KERR and put thier hand in the dirt with Baker as a DT w/ cofield and Bowen or Baker playing an end position. Mix em up how ya want, and I feel like the three line backers behind them (Jackson, Riley, and RAK/KERR) would have more room to do damage. It would also allow our LE or RE to actually rush the passer or set the edge on a regular basis. What do ya guys think.

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