May 12, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT
Here in what will become an annual Monday after the draft tradition (unless everyone hates it, in which case I won’t do it again) here is my way too early projection of the Redskins’ final 53-man roster.
Starters in bold
Quarterback (2): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins
—I wouldn’t rule out a training camp trade of Cousins to a team that suffers an injury to its QB but in any case it will be either Cousins or Colt McCoy on the roster, not both.
Offensive line (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Morgan Moses, Tom Compton, Mike McGlynn, Adam Gettis, Spencer Long
—Moses may not be able to beat out Tyler Polumbus by the time the season starts; if he can’t, Compton is probably gone.
Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Ryan Grant
—Hankerson’s status is iffy due to his ACL injury; starting out the year on the PUP list is not out of the question for the fourth-year receiver. That could open the door for Aldrick Robinson to make the 53 or perhaps, if he has a strong offseason and training camp, David Gettis.
Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul
—Seventh-round pick Ted Bolser has a shot but he’s going to have to be very, very good on special teams to justify a fourth tight end.
Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu, Lache Seastrunk
—Chris Thompson will have to make a very strong case and stay healthy if he’s going to make a run at a roster spot.
Defensive line (7): Jason Hatcher, Chris Baker, Barry Cofield, Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston, Clifton Geathers
—The Redskins didn’t add anyone in the draft so the status quo reigns here. With Baker and Geathers both able to back up Cofield at nose tackle it doesn’t look like there’s a spot for Chris Neild.
Outside linebacker (4): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Rob Jackson
—Last year they were saying that fifth-round pick Brandon Jenkins would have been a first-round pick if he was healthy for his senior year but he could barely get on the field last year even on special teams. He could fall victim to being one of “their” draft picks.
Inside linebacker (5): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Akeem Jordan, Adam Hayward, Darryl Sharpton
—The team would very much like to have Robinson take over London Fletcher’s job in the middle. It might end up being handled by committee and that and special teams are why five inside linebackers should stick.
Cornerback (5): DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, Richard Crawford, Bashaud Breeland
—This would push E. J. Biggers and Chase Minnifield off of the 53. This is dependent on Crawford being healthy and being designated as the punt returner.
Safety (4): Ryan Clark, Phillip Thomas, Brandon Meriweather, Jose Gumbs
—It may be too early to move Thomas into the starting role but if it doesn’t happen by the time the Sept. 7 opener rolls by it should happen at some point during the season. Rambo gets caught in a numbers game with Gumbs staying around because he’ll play special teams.
Specialists (4): LS Nick Sundberg, P Robert Malone, PK Kai Forbath, KO Zach Hocker
—I’m not sure if the punter is on the roster yet but Malone has it by default for now. I think that Hocker sticks around as a kickoff specialist at the outset of the seasons assuming that the team is mostly healthy. If injuries squeeze the 53-man roster as the season goes on they may have to choose between the two.
New to organization since last year: 19 (8 offense, 9 defense, 2 specialists) (7 draft picks, 12 free agents)