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Redskins pre-draft depth chart, offense

Apr 29, 2015, 3:16 PM EDT

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Just before free agency started we took a look at the depth chart as it stood then. There have been a few changes and draft talk and rumors bring up the possibility of more shifting. Here’s a look at the offensive side as it stands now.

Starters in bold

QB: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
Griffin is the guy here until he’s not. It looks like Cousins and McCoy will fight it out to see who will be waiting in the wings if Griffin falters or gets injured. That is, unless a QB comes in the draft, bringing up the possibility that a roster spot will need to be carved out.

RB: Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Chris Thompson, Silas Redd
Morris and Young are going into the last year of their contracts and Redd and Thompson are very much unproven. Do they go with Redd and/or Thompson to take the relief and third-down role held by the departed Roy Helu? Or do they go into what is said to be a deep pool of running backs in the draft?

WR: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant
A wide receiver could be the best available player when the No. 5 pick and we’ll have to see how things sort out if Amari Cooper or Kevin White is the selection. Barring a selection at the top, they will need to find a fifth WR elsewhere, perhaps in the latter rounds of the draft.

TE: Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen
Reed’s health is the key to this unit’s effectiveness. This seems likely to remain the same into the season unless Scot McCloughan acquires some extra picks and sees a tight end he likes. Otherwise it’s a group that they can work with this year.

OL: Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tom Compton, Spencer Long, Morgan Moses, Josh LeRibeus, Tyler Larsen, Xavier Nixon
This is a copy and paste from the O-line depth chart prior to free agency; to the shock of many, there have been no additions or subtractions. It seems likely that at least one lineman will come in the draft. What remains to be see is if they take someone with a high pick with the idea of inserting him into the starting lineup sooner rather than later or if they late a mid- to late-round developmental type.


  1. cmehustle - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    I hope this draft concentrates on the defensive end. I am not opposed however to going with one of the recievers at 5, or even the in the second round for depth. We are going to need a young one to groom eventually. The line, I am ok with it. We got two in the draft last year, maybe one more. But eventually we’re going to have to develop those young guys we have and get some cohesion, no one wins with a merry go round at the O line positions.

  2. skinsgame - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    The allegation is, a guard can not be a top 5 pick. It’s alleged that a guard is not, “franchise altering”. I wonder where Levi Brown is. Robert Gallery. Mike Williams. Jason Smith. Jake Long. All recent top 5, non-guard offensive linemen and the only way they altered a franchise was being a gamble that didn’t pay off. The defensive player list is just as long. Lavar Arrington was a “Can’t miss edge rusher” once upon a time as well. Meanwhile, Logan Mankins wasn’t top 5. Neither was Larry Allen. Nor Steve Hutchison and Jahri Evans. Not even our beloved Russ Grimm. Those guys were each major anchors and worthy of a top 5 pick.

    The draft is a gamble and the offensive line positions are of equal value on game day, I believe. If there is a guard that Scot thinks is BPA at pick 5, he shouldn’t let ridiculous traditions of exclusion get in the way. Once upon a time, running backs were valued highly and that changed too. Maybe the lowly guard that can mow down defensive linemen and linebackers begins his rise soon.

    • cmehustle - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      Lol! Well if only we could see who becomes good, and then draft them? That whole hindsight thing you got going on would work wonders for us!

      • skinsgame - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:06 PM

        No. Not that. You missed.

    • bangkokben - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      Look, if you and the “guards are equal crowd” want the sky to suddenly turn pink because blue has been blue for so long, then best of luck to you. The fact is that guards like some other positions (center, tight-end, inside linebacker, and others) are not esteemed by those that make the decisions as high as you. I’m sure if Brandon Scherff was getting the same praise as Andrew Luck coming out of college (the best guard since John Hannah) our GM would consider taking him without trading back. But it’s his job to improve this team using all available resources. Scot M shouldn’t have a pick this high again in his tenure (if he’s doing his job right) and to suggest that he pass on potential top talent at significant positions because previous top talent hasn’t always been maximized is no argument at all.

      How does Lavar Arrington gettting a knee injury have any bearing on any of the young men in this draft.

      • skinsgame - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:16 PM

        I just don’t believe the league is static. Somewhere along the way GM’s began valuing defensive tackles more than RB’s and it wasn’t that long ago. Just because something is a trend today doesn’t mean a GM should confine himself to it indefinitely. I have no idea if there is a guard in this year in the next 5 years drafts that could anchor the line for a decade or more. I’m just saying that if Scot thinks that he has an opportunity to take one that he does. If he can trade down and add a pick because some other GM’s devalue the position, all the better.

        • captblood3000 - Apr 30, 2015 at 8:40 AM

          The devaluation of guard is relative to offensive, not defensive, tackles. And it’s easy to explain: playing tackle requires more athleticism than playing guard. Should your blue chip tackle bust, you can usually move him to guard. In effect Scherff has already busted at tackle. But if your blue chip guard busts, he never starts.

          Question: What happened on Monday, November 18, 1985? Hint: it happened in prime time and was televised live nationwide.

    • hk2000 - Apr 30, 2015 at 1:12 AM

      Actually that makes perfect sense and I believe that’s what he intends to do- you said it, and SM said it as well, if the BPA is a guard, he’ll take him.

      • captblood3000 - Apr 30, 2015 at 8:24 AM

        Problem is: Scherff won’t be the best player available at #5. And this will be the consensus throughout the league. Every GM in the league has watched the tape of the 2014 Iowa-Maryland game.

        The Jaguars will likely pick Williams or Fowler at #3, and the player they don’t pick will likely be at the top of the Redskins Board at #5.

        • skinsgame - Apr 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM

          It’s been the consensus among speculators around the league. (Unless you’re secretly a GM, that is.) You’re most likely right, he won’t be the pick by the Redskins at that spot. I just hope it’s because we traded down a few spots.

  3. captblood3000 - Apr 30, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    I’ve watched that game and it was an anti-highlight film for Scherff. I’m sure that game came up in every interview Scherff had with NFL teams.

  4. skinsgame - Apr 30, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    So, it turns out that Scot is his own man and drafted who he thought the BPA was, regardless of what history supposedly says you can’t do. Good for him! Archives

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