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Need to Know: How much will Redskins’ McCloughan dip into free agency in 2016?

Jan 20, 2016, 5:08 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 20, 35 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Question of the day

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Today’s question comes from Twitter

This should be an easy question to answer since McCloughan constantly preaches building through the draft. But last spring he signed five free agents to contracts that totaled $69 million and then shortly after the start of training camp he signed pass rusher Junior Galette. It was not a spree that reminded anyone of the Vinny Cerrato days but the bottom line was over 20 percent of the roster and about a third of the starters were veteran free agents who had joined the team in the last two seasons. That’s not really building through the draft.

Why did McCloughan do that? It’s likely that the believed that the Redskins needed some help in a hurry. All of the signees played defense. Three were on the defensive line, a particular weak spot. Chris Culliver was brought on the shore up the cornerback position and Jeron Johnson was brought after both 2014 starters at safety, Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather, were no re-signed.

If you have an immediate need it is unwise to try to fill it in the draft unless you have a very high pick and you have be very confident that a particular player will be there. Players picked in the second round can’t be relied on to start right away (19 of the 32 second-round picks last year did not start as many as half of their games). And after the second, it’s a crap shoot; if you find a rookie starter in the draft on Saturday you were just plain lucky.

So the question is, where do the Redskins have immediate needs? Certainly they have to upgrade in many areas. But where do they not have a starting caliber NFL player anywhere on the depth chart? That’s not an easy question to answer.

For example, the interior of the offensive line needs to play better but the organization may or may not believe that a veteran free agent should be part of the solution. Do they think that Shawn Lauvao will be back and healthy in time for training camp? Can Arie Kouandjio be plugged in to the left guard spot if there’s no confidence in Lauvao’s recovery? Can Spencer Long move to center? Or do they think that Kory Lichtensteiger can hold down the fort there while a draft pick gets ready?

Such multilayer questions exist at almost every position on the field and the staff is still sorting them out. It’s logical to assume that they answers to some of them will have to be found in free agency. I wouldn’t be surprised if McCloughan brought in four or five free agents, all of them fairly young and relatively cheap, similar to what he did last year. The Redskins have eight draft choices (two seventh rounders) and I anticipate McCloughan moving back to pick up more.


—The Redskins last played a game 10 days ago. It will be about 235 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 35; NFL free agency starts 50; 2016 NFL draft 99

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Jan 20, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    We need the following as starters next year regardless of where we get them:
    – Center (Kory and LeRibeus just are not getting it done)
    – another large TE that can block, pass protect and catch (who knows how Paul and Paulson recover and I think we can do better)
    – DE that dominates (Demarcus Ware type)
    – middle linebacker we have 4 good ones, but we need one that is great
    – Ball hawking hard hitting safety (Robinson is our only great safety, others are ok, we need a real one)
    – shutdown Cornerback to rotate with Culliver and Breeland

    We need these as starters day one. I count 6 instant starters needed to make a huge difference.

    For depth we need:
    – left guard
    – another safety (I applaud DHall for efforts but we need more)
    – cornerback (as many as we can get, we seem to have real issues with keeping them healthy)
    – running back (I am just not feeling it here yet, either Morris needs to find past season form, our Jones needs to step up and show durability and ball safety of a Morris)
    – backup QB (will we keep Colt?)
    – larger body WR (could lose DJax)
    – another middle linebacker (Robinson free agent as well and not feeling it with him, just does not make the tackles)

    • abanig - Jan 20, 2016 at 7:12 AM

      No offense, but that’s a pipe dream. We don’t need that many things and won’t get that many upgrades in one offseason. It’s more likely that the team looks almost identical next year than it has that many new players. For example, I see Compton & Foster back as our starting ILBs unless we draft an ILB in round 1 to play next to Compton next year.

      I think we may add a WR, we will add a blocking TE, we will replace Morris with a running back who is more similar to Helu that will back up Jones and we will replace LeRibeus with a center we draft and we may replace Kory L with a center like Wisnewski. On defense we may add two DL, it could be through FA or the draft.

      Trenton Robinson is not that good. At best he’s average. Dhall played better than Robinson did when he took over for him at safety last year. I think it’s more likely we retain Will Blackmon as our nickel/dime corner than going out and getting a free agent there. I agree we’ll look to draft and also sign two safeties. I think we keep/re-sign Ihenacho as a restricted free agent to probably be our starting SS again. It’s free safety we need to upgrade and we’ve needed to upgrade it since 2008 and have neglected to.

      So I think we cut Goldson and sign & draft a free Safety. This moves Dhall back to being our nickel corner after Breeland and Culliver. That makes our corner position a strength.

      • babyteal1 - Jan 20, 2016 at 7:48 AM

        If we settle for Compton & whoever at inside linebacker we are never going to improve our run defense. Neither is a playmaker. Average at best.

      • colorofmyskinz - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:10 AM

        Sorry I meant Goldston, not Robinson was our best and I would say better than average. Second, I said these are positions we need instant starters, not necessarily that we can fill them. I think the first step is determining where are the immediate need for a new starter. And I emphatically believe we need new starters at these 6 positions to compete. Can we and will we be able to find and how long it will take is another story.

        But do you agree we need a capable starter in each of these positions?

        • abanig - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:35 AM

          Well 1st, Goldson should be gone. He’s been overrated for years. He doesn’t have good range anymore and is going to be 32. He’s also overpaid, he’s going to be making $8 M next year and NO, I don’t want to restructure his contract.

          I’d rather see Jarrett at FS or even Hall. Let’s not forget Hall was asked to play more of a SS role last year and that’s s role that doesn’t suit him well because he’s 190 pounds, not 210 or larger. In coverage though, as a guy who can make plays on the ball on the back end… Give me Hall. I honestly which they would have moved him to FS in 2012 and signed another cornerback instead of signing Meriweather.

          I’d cut Goldson and if they can’t sign an upgrade at FS, I’d just have Hall, Jarrett and a rookie we hopefully draft in round 2 or 3 battle it out for the starting position.

          As for the rest, yes, I do think in a perfect world we get upgrades to all those positions but I don’t think we absolutely need it. We need a blocking TE for sure, we need a FS for sure and we need an upgrade at NT for sure. Other than that, I like our team.

          We’re very young on offense. Our young OL are only going to get better, and our running game works better with Kory L at center. Kory recognizes things the defense is doing and makes the line calls. Cousins talked about how important it is to have Kory out there. Yes, Kory isn’t the biggest guy in the world, but he may be the most athletic center in the NFL which means a lot. They can ask Kory to pull on running plays, Kory can get out and block downfield on screen plays also most fans under appreciate how important it is to have a center that can do that.

          I think we’ll draft a center in the mid rounds to groom under Kory L to be honest, maybe we sign a free agent center like Wisnewski but I don’t think it’s as given as most people think that we go that route.

        • Lex - Jan 21, 2016 at 6:21 PM

          I agree with those positions but Id draft a CB in rds 1 or 2 depending on how things shake out (mackenzie fuller or desmond king). Dunbar was serviceable and Blackmon was ok but we need a young guy that cant come in and play without noticeable dropoff if breeland or culliver goes down.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 20, 2016 at 10:12 AM

        “For example, I see Compton & Foster back as our starting ILBs unless we draft an ILB in round 1 to play next to Compton next year.”

        I’m not ready to give up on Keenan Robinson just yet and I hope the GM isn’t either.

        • bangkokben - Jan 20, 2016 at 11:13 AM

          Robinson is an FA and did not fit well into this defensive system. He needs a system where he is not responsible to take on blockers. Perry Riley will be an interesting decision since he costs the team $5M and releasing him saves the team $4M. I imagine they’ll resign Foster but that will likely be a cap hit of $2M tops – probably less – and then the team will let Foster and Riley battle it out. If Riley wins, Foster is depth; if Foster is even, they may let Riley go and save the entire $5M after June. Of course, how Spaight develops and what they do in the draft will also be factors. I think they could also try to move Murphy inside.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 20, 2016 at 11:54 AM

          Foster is not a long term solution and neither is Riley at this point in his career. I’d rather see them move Murphy inside and develop Spaight as an overall inside strategy for that position. While the latter, it is a bigger gamble; however, the alternative will have the team stuck in hopeless mediocrity or worst. I don’t buy that Keenan can’t come off blocks. He is both powerful and athletic. I think Keenan’s biggest issue was being in the wrong spot too many times and not reading the QB correctly. He was fooled on some running back screens It’s just a transition for him that deserves more time. He’s too talented to just let go. However, I have to admit I’m not confident the staff will make a serious attempt to sign him.

        • abanig - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:58 PM

          He sucks against the run, he and Riley were a big reason why our run D was so bad the first few months of the season. When they got hurt and Will & Mason took over our run D got better.

          He can return as the 3rd LB and someone we can use instead of Foster in definite passing situations but my guess is he’ll get offered s contract by a 3-4 team to be their WLB because that’s where he fits best.

        • ET - Jan 20, 2016 at 1:29 PM

          “I think Keenan’s biggest issue was being in the wrong spot too many times and not reading the QB correctly. “

          Keenan does seem to have this issue, at least more than many of the inside ‘backers we’re used to seeing. Compton is his opposite in some ways—pretty damn good at reads and on-the-fly diagnostics, but much less athletically gifted. Up until this season, it looked like Robinson was the superior player. Now it’s not clear cut. Ideally, the two should be complementary talents. I’d like to see Robinson get another shot as well—if he goes,I’m afraid he might be yet another Skin who lights it up for another team. He certainly has the physical tools to do so.

      • berniebernard666 - Jan 20, 2016 at 6:55 PM

        been saying it also and gotta agree that Free safety is an incredibly necessary need and has to be addressed THIS year. Eric Weddle is available immediately and then Scott M can dabble in the draft if there is a future prospect available, but Weddle solves the problem for the next year or 2.

        gotta replace Morris I agree and adding a Big Wide receiver is similar to the free safety spot…we have been looking for one forever but the Skins gave away so many picks for RG3 that they are just now recovering. Needs to be addressed in the 2nd or 3rd round.

        Center is a need. If Alex Mack becomes available and opts out of his contract he would solve a big problem Otherwise there is always the draft again.

        I totally agree we cut Goldston because he can’t cover and his tackling skills are ……not skills. Also dump Kedric Golston because he has been “just a guy” for the last 5 or 6 years which just happens to be what our defense is….

        Finally I would fire Joe Barry simply because as long as he runs his PREVENT DEFENSE the only thing it will prevent is it prevents the Redskins from winning. There is nothing more predictable than telling everybody you like to rush 4 and cover 7….and then every game you rush 4 and cover 7. It is pretty obvious why Detroit went 0-16 with him in charge of the Defense.

        • abanig - Jan 20, 2016 at 7:03 PM

          Well, they’re not going to fire Barry after just one season.

          Also, I’ve been saying this for years but people just ignore it. The reason the Redskins play a lot of soft zone is because they don’t have enough good coverage DBs like they used to have a decade or two ago. If Breeland develops into a #1, Culliver rebounds to play like we know he can and Hall or someone else plays the FS position like a true FS then yes, we can play less soft zone and play more man with a deep safety the way we used to when we had Ryan Clark & Sean Taylor back at safety a decade ago.

          We don’t have that though, so we have to play the way we do or else we’ll get burned all game long because all of our safeties since 07 haven’t been great at coverage.

          As for Mack, he’s 30 now and too expensive. He wasn’t quite the same in his return after his injury in 2014. It’s better just to draft someone.

        • Lex - Jan 20, 2016 at 7:13 PM

          Dont agree with going after Weddle hes old and slow we wont be an upgrade over Golston but yes we need to fire Barry and cut kedric

    • Mr.moneylover - Jan 20, 2016 at 7:51 AM

      We are not in a really bad place right now….TE Marcel Jensen is set to play next to Jordan reed next year he can block and catch….watch out for CB Al Louis -jean he is good watch out for OLB Willie jefferson these guys are set to compete for playing time next year…I don’t see will blackmon getting re-sign he started off hot but became our weak link to pick on in the passing game…trust me scot m. Started looking for long before the season end this team will be better next year… Its gonna be up to kirk if he makes progress this off-season

    • Mr.moneylover - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:23 AM

      WR. LaRon Byrd is set to compete for playing time next year… He’s a big guy…like I said this roster is not in bad shape then what ppl think…its better then the roster we started the season with

    • Bryan - Jan 20, 2016 at 11:09 AM

      Robinson is our only great safety, I hope that was a mis print bc Robinson is not great and barely considerd good

    • Lex - Jan 20, 2016 at 6:14 PM

      Awsome assessment the Skins should hire you I agree 100%. That said who would u draft in rd 1 what FA would you bring in?
      Id bring in Bruce Irvin and Danny Travaithan. Rd 1 id take mackenzie alexander eli apple or a disruptive D lineman

    • rcjur - Jan 21, 2016 at 12:09 AM

      First off I would switch back to 4-3 defense. Start there. In 4-3 starting linebackers should be Mason, a must resign, Compton and Robinson. I would not give up on Robinson. Add 2 new linebackers in draft to team that are younger and tough to go along with Speight. Release Riley. At DLine resign Knighton, add DT Wilkerson as team top free agent, then add another cheaper version DT name McDaniel Tampa also in FA. Promote Crawford to roster and release Golston, well overdue don’t know how he survived 10 years. Team top draft pick also should be a DE/DT that can rush the Qb. We need defensive toughness upfront. Draft 2 cbs mid round that are good size, athletic and like to compete, similar to Breeland. At Safety find a way to get FA Chancellor from Seattle and sign FA Db Abdullah. On offense I would draft a tall athletic WR in 2nd Round. Current players on roster, I would release Paulson, LeReibus, T. Robinson, Paul, Roberts and Bates. Lastly and most folks won’t like this but I would not commit a large multi contract to Cousins. Team really needs another year of evaluation and for him to prove with tougher schedule in 2016 that he is worth a multi year deal and a franchise qb title. Personally I would find a way to get draft picks for Cousins and trade one of those picks along with another pick in 2017 for qb AJ Macaron. A qb that will take this Redskins team and future to championship level, something smart people know Cousins will never do. He’s a backup qb that just had a great year just like others like Flynn and Noles.

    • 1222tmiller - Jan 21, 2016 at 12:15 PM

      -Kory has been ranked no worst the #15 in the league. The best I have seen is #9. Kory has 2 more years on his contract at a reasonable price. LeRibeus didn’t cut it as a back up. Running production fell by half once he was injured. So we definitely need a better back up center. Maybe Long learns the position as the backup and competes for left guard. I would start looking for Kory’s replacement in next years draft unless a center drops a whole round into the Redskins lap.
      – Paul was named the starting TE because he improved his strength and blocking so much. Paulson is good for what he is, but we could improve there.
      – We have one above average ILB Compton. We have another one that is good, but spends more time injured then playing, so he doesn’t count. I see this as our biggest need.
      – We have a good crew of safeties, young and old. I would love to see a new young hotshot drafted, but not a big need.
      – We need another corner to develop, about the only thing you got right.

      If we follow your plan, who are we cutting so make room under the cap?

      For depth:
      -The only thing we don’t have is a good backup center. We took 3 lineman last year to develop and add depth. Give a chance to develop.
      – We have some nice pieces in place at safety, If they don’t develop more this coming season, then we should expand this.
      – CB Who do we cut, what position do go thin at.
      – RB, not sure the coaches are competent with the run game. Morris likes power “I” running, yet they continue to put 2 TE in when we don’t have any. Very stupid. It also looks like they aren’t going to resign Morris. Probably best for him. Who wants to play on a team that doesn’t believe in you. Morris averaged almost 5 yards per carry in the play-off game, but only had 10 carries. When he is running like that and gets 20 carries we when the game 90% of the time. Coaches are the problem with the run game.

  2. abanig - Jan 20, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    I think they’ll sign one marquee player, like they did last year with Culliver.

    Now whether that player is a DL like Wilkerson or a safety like Eric Berry, I don’t know. I’d be fine with signing either player because they’ll give the defense a playmaker they lack on each of those levels.

    I think mostly they’ll re-sign their own free agents that earned it last year, sign a few bargain free agents after the 1st tier clears like last year and build through the draft.

    • babyteal1 - Jan 20, 2016 at 7:46 AM

      Culliver was the farthest from marquee as it comes unfortunately. Hopefully he can redeem himself. Inside linebacker is a huge need. Not sure if there’s a free agent that fits the bill. I like both Wilkerson & Berry.

    • bangkokben - Jan 20, 2016 at 11:27 AM

      Both great players. Neither should be a Redskin. Wilkerson is coming off surgery for a broken leg and expecting six months of rehab. He will also cost a ton. Berry is an inspirational story that should remain with KC.

      • abanig - Jan 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM

        Yeah, I hear ya but we need one more difference maker on D. I’m not convinced we find that player late in the first round of the draft.

        • bangkokben - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM

          I agree that we need a difference maker and we’re likely to not find it in the draft. (Aside: for all the talk on whether Cousins can duplicate his season, the bigger question is can McCloughan duplicate the success he had in last year’s draft? The draft has much more variability and although I think Scot is the man, expecting the same results is a bit grandiose.) My preference for free agency would be McC using his magic signing an FA that hasn’t yet reached his potential but would in our system. After a season, he should be able to target better the skills that would best fit on the D-line, linebacking, and secondary..

    • sidepull - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM

      I want them to sign a C.

  3. Mr.moneylover - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    And Trent Robinson not even on the team no more they waive him and agree to a settlement…I personally think kyshoen Jarrett is ready to take over safety next year he got to get bigger tho so he can lay the hammer on ppl like D-hall and dashon goldson..yea the team needs more talent but our roster is in far better shape then what ppl think….Arie Kouandjiou will be competing for playing time next year so he might line up next to Trent Williams next year… Shaun lauvao sounds like he won’t be ready for the beginning of next season so they need to set up a plan to either bring in a vet or let arie kouandjiou battle for the left guard position Spencer long was so bad in the running game they should make a trade to get a vet center if they can’t get one in free agency…Kory L. Is not strong enough for that position they should put him back at left guard or put him on the bench because I still think he’s better then most guards in the NFL never really believed he would be a good center or a long term answer for playing center

    • colorofmyskinz - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:21 AM

      Agreed. Kory is a major week link at center. We need real safeties and many. We need corners. We need middle linebacker. We need DE. If we can do this we might have some huge upgrades.

      First free agency deal needs to be cousins to stabilized the franchise. Let’s not kid ourselves, winning teams have winning QBs period. Without putting a lid on this with a 5-year deal or more, we will be in the land of unknown. And the players on the team will feel the same way.

      If Brady was not QB, would edelman be more likely to look elsewhere? If Brady were a 3 year guarantee, would Edelman be willing to take less to stay with Brady? Good contracting follows good contracting. We need to stabilize our QB contract to attract other good contracts.

  4. Mr.moneylover - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    I think our LBs played better then what ppl give them credit for…our run defense drop off simply because pot roast couldn’t get off double teams and Jason hatcher is to old to and weak to get off his block I think pot roast did what he can do ppl don’t want to admit it but Jason hatcher was to bang up and to old if they keep pot roast and get rid of Kendrick gholston and Jason hatcher that D-line will improve greatly the younger guys been carrying them old guys…anytime Jason hatcher struggle to get off one on one blocks it is time to retire and I think he realize that after the season

    • colorofmyskinz - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:22 AM

      Yep Hatch needs to be replaced by a fierce starter.

    • Mr.moneylover - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:37 AM

      The same thing happen the season before when Jason hatcher was fresh in the beginning of the season but once he hurt his knee our D-line was so bad same thing happen this year we was great in the beginning everybody was winning they one on one block but soon when Jason hatcher got injured ppl started double teaming pot roast because they seen hatcher play fell off…that Chicago game and Dallas game is a sample of what our D-line can be next year if they just get rid of the Old guys…keep baker and pot roast and just add young guys around them …same thing with perry Riley he plays at a high level at first but once he get injured he’s not the same player nomore…soon when mason foster started next to will Compton our turnover margin went way up to the point we were in the top 10 teams with the most turnovers…now remember these guys just got thrown in the fire so to do that its very impressive

  5. Mr.moneylover - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Rich T. Is scot m. Press conference gonna air on TV on CSN January 26 like last year ???

  6. bk70 - Jan 20, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    I believe in the GM…With the hiring of an OLB coach, is that improving on coaching or the first warning to the DC to handle the defense better. Currently 84 players on the roster, less than a third of them were here prior to 15 months ago. Whether new players come from free agency or the draft in 2016 they will be an upgrade over who is here today. With that stated upfront…

    QB – sign Kirk C and McCoy, draft a low rounder for practice squad duty
    Center – FA or high round draft pick or Kory L, not sure about Austin R yet
    LG – FA or draft pick or Arie K, Spencer L, or Shawn L (when medically cleared about start of season)
    RB – I’m clueless here what’s about to happen…I’m still a believer in Alfred M (he doesn’t have an injury history, he’s not a chronic fumbler, he does what the coaches ask him to do) I’ll trust the GM on this position.
    TE – Blocking TE Ray H and Marcel J have the stamina and size, Jordan R and Nile P will handle their business.
    WR Trade Andre R renegotiate contracts for the WRers

    Safety – sign Duke I and use a Draft pick, still have Jeron J, Dashon G, DeAngelo H and Kyshoen J
    OLB – sign Junior G and make a trade for Trent M, Ryan K and Preston S remain strong
    ILB – sign Mason F and Will C, make a trade for Perry R, use a draft pick and allow Martell S to come along
    CB – Use a draft pick or FA to allow Chris C to recover medically, still have Bashaud B, Quinton D, Deshazor E and Jeremy H
    DL – give me some players that are expected to play as many snaps as our OL are required – too much “take yourselves out of the game in 2015”, expect to use to two draft picks for DL, sign Terrance K for NT with Jerrell P
    Would be nice to see an impact player develop in 2006. Will it be Chris B, Stephen P, Rick JF or Draft Pick?

    ST – Sign Tress W


    • bangkokben - Jan 20, 2016 at 11:48 AM

      Nobody is trading for Andre Roberts or Perry Riley. You might be able to get a 4th rounder for Trent Murphy but why? You’d still have to carry $786K in dead money, pay the 4th rounder, and lose all the snaps on both snaps and special teams. Seems like bad business.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 20, 2016 at 11:52 AM

        Come on, Ben.

        Next you’re going to tell us that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aren’t real.

        • Space Ghost - Jan 20, 2016 at 9:26 PM

          Santa is real. This year he gives us Kenny Clark in the first and Chris Jones in the second. The defense just got a whole lot better. Kenny’s never going to be a superstar but he’s going to be real good for a long time. A 315 pound, high character, former world class wrestler. I love it. And pairing Jones with his former Miss State teammate Preston Smith would be fun to watch. Maybe Matakevich is there in round three but I’m still hoping Spaight develops into something special. Those are my thoughts today. Probably be completely different tomorrow. I love this time of year.

    • sidepull - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:57 PM

      Would be nice to see Callahan works some magic with Austin Reiter

  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 20, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Based on last year, the draft worked much better for Scot (and us).

    But I think he could still find some free agents who could help.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      Yes there was a huge gap in the performance of the free agents and the draft picks. I guess I’d rather have the latter since the team can retain their services longer and at less value. We don’t have the same opportunity in the draft this year so Scot will need to get better results from free agency this time around.

  8. John - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    A lot of conjecture about practice squad players going on. Won’t be seeing them playing anytime soon. If anything, Scott M will find some under the radar guys like Rick JF.

    Not so sure about Arie, if he cold not beat out Long if Long was so bad. Apparently not quick enough to hit 2nd level blocks.

    The ILBs should be Compton, Foster and Riley. They drafted a rookie who ended up on IR. Perhaps he’ll be ready.

    The TEs should be Reed, Paul and Carrier, unless they draft or pickup someone. Smith will get a shot as he is familiar with Grudens system and inexpensive.

    Wilkerson would be nice but expensive. Not sure they’ll commit that kind of money for a FA.

  9. metalman5150 - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Flash Back to pre-draft 2015:

    Bill Callahnan is hired onto the Skins coaching staff as the O Line coach (arguably one of the biggest deficiencies on the team).
    The draft rolls around the skins gift Callahan, Brandon Scherff.

    Fast Forward to present day. Among the weaknesses of the roster are the Line Backers.
    Greg Munusky is hired on to assist coaching the Line Backers.
    Maybe Munusky will get a present at this year’s draft?

    • Shonndon - Jan 20, 2016 at 1:51 PM

      We need linebackers and safeties that can cover pass catching te, that been the week spot for years…i hope he gets it done #HTTR

  10. Shonndon - Jan 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Offensive side of the ball we need a rb #1 and center #2 …if either djax or garcon get cut grab A. Jeffreys proven player, now u have A.J., J.C., and one of the two…. then at tight end u got reed, paul, and carrier (but i think we carry 4 te this year, all year u heard the redskins saying its a shortage of t.e.,)…a wr is not high priority and we have our tall wr their names are n paul and reed

    • bk70 - Jan 20, 2016 at 1:52 PM

      Watch WR LaRon Byrd at 6-4 230 through training camp and pre-season

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:19 PM

        Yes, and Mike Thomas from Ohio St.

        WR is one of those positions where a rookie often makes an immediate impact, so it’s nice to get that draft mojo going, instead of paying big bucks to a proven talent in free agency.

    • Justin - Jan 20, 2016 at 10:37 PM

      We need to sign miller. I have a feeling he will be really good behind calahans line

  11. greed - Jan 20, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    some of you guys nef to realise you cant field 22 starters with allpro talent , you need those average at best guys that can get the job done

    • ET - Jan 20, 2016 at 4:57 PM

      I’d amend that to “average guys who are a good scheme fit”—a seemingly small but important distinction. The Belichiks of this world have to deal with plenty of average players, too, but they deploy them well more often than not.

      Players like RJF and Mason Foster are good examples of average players who managed to fit into defined roles for the Skins this season. Hopefully Scot continues to fill out the roster with those kinds of players. We need ’em.

  12. smotion55 - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    We need a Nose Tackle , DE, Center early in the draft, maybe DE with 1st pick -best between those 2 in the 1st round. we need young on the D-line and a nose tackle that can play more then 15 snaps a game , OLD, RB, big TE, Big WR, in that order after that.. I pick in that order because of how most mocks and where teams value players and how many are in the draft. The quality, quantity, and depth vary at some of these positions. WR is deep this year as is CB. I would rather draft high end DE and NOSE early This GM always finds CB and S in the late rounds. We have 8 picks and he most likely wants 10 like last year. I have total faith in GM and scouting Dept. So his depth chart and picks might not even be close. He does like Big and both lines early.

  13. smotion55 - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    OLB instead of OLD on that. typo BOO BOO

  14. iamhoraceknight - Jan 20, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    The bigger question remains: how much will we have to spend after re-signing Kirk. Franchise would be approx. $19-$20, leaving only $9 or so million. Do you sign Kirk to a long term deal and try to bring his cap number down to say $10 million or so?

    What is a good number for Kirk?

    In the first round, I’d take Treadwell if he’s still on the board. If not, take the best DT or DE available in round 1, WR in round 2 and draft a center in the 3rd.

  15. hitmeimopen - Jan 20, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Do we still have Martrel Speight? He got hurt at one point but I don’t know if he’s still with the team. That guy might be worth hanging onto.

  16. Zac - Jan 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    We must resign Knighton. There is no one in the draft or FA that can shore up the NT position. We must go out and sign a free safety or take the FS from Clemson who is 6’5 and a good center fielder. Our interior line could use some depth. Our biggest need would be ILB. Drafting Jaylon Smith or Ragland would be our best move in the first round. If neither are available, draft Treadwell to be our #1 receiver and save some cap space and drop Jackson or Garcon or trade back!!!! I would love to get some extra early round picks to boost our defensive depth. As we get closer to the draft fill all our weaknesses with stop gap starters to truly go BPA.

    • Lex - Jan 22, 2016 at 5:37 AM

      I agree with everything you said but the knighton part. I wasnt impressed surely we can draft a 2 down NT if not a FA thats younger and cheaper. We also need a CB blackmon wont b on the final roster and Dunbar isnt a starter Archives

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