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Need to Know: Will McCloughan try to build the Redskins’ defense through free agency?

Feb 9, 2016, 5:08 AM EDT

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 9, 15 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

QOD: Will McCloughan try to build the defense through free agency?

Scot McCloughan has said that the Redskins will not be big players in free agency. During the prime signing period last March he signed five players, all on defense. Will he sign that many defenders next month?

With the additions of those players plus a trade for Dashon Goldson, the Redskins improved in terms of points scored from 29th in the league to 17th but they still gave up a lot of yards, ranking 28th.

So will McCloughan go back to the well and try to shore up the defense via free agency again? Assuming that he sticks by his statement that they’re not going to be big players, probably not, at least not to any great extent. Let’s look at the three levels of defense one at a time:

Defensive line—Three of the five free agents that McCloughan signed last year play on the line. Stephen Paea and Ricky Jean Francois will be back while nose tackle Terrance Knighton may not be. A free agent nose tackle to replace Pot Roast could be in the offing but I think that McCloughan would rather build the line through the draft rather than bringing in more veterans. One early pick and one late rounder would fit in nicely.

Linebacker—The Redskins are pretty much set at outside linebacker although I think McCloughan would grab one on the middle or latter rounds of the draft if the right guy is there. On the inside, if Mason Foster returns they have their starters with him and Will Compton. I could see signing a free agent to either replace or supplement Adam Hayward, who has missed most of the last two seasons with injuries, as a reserve ILB and special teams star.

Secondary—If the Redskins bring back Will Blackmon, they could go with him as the nickel or dime corner along with Quinton Dunbar. They are set for starters with Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland. Again, McCloughan will look to the draft to upgrade here. At safety, a lot depends on if Dashon Goldson is willing to take a cut from his $8 million 2016 salary. If they can come to an agreement they will have him and DeAngelo Hall as starters and Kyshoen Jarrett, Jeron Johnson and, if the restricted free agent is back, Duke Ihenacho at safety. If Goldson becomes a cap casualty they could either look to pick up a free agent or go with the other four. This is another position that can be upgraded in the draft but may not really benefit from a mid-range free agent.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 30 days ago. It will be about 215 days until they play another one.

—About 170 days until guards and cornerbacks report to Richmond.

Days until: NFL Combine 15; NFL free agency starts 29; 2016 NFL draft 79

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  1. abanig - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    They have to use both free agency and the draft IMO to rebuild the defense for the 3rd time in 6 years – two fails so far by Shanahan & McCoughan on getting quick fixes for the defense. I say it all the time the redskins have to start drafting defensive players high in the draft if they want to be a perenial playoff team and an eventual super bowl contender.

    The offense needs a few things a great blocking tight end who can also catch 20-30 balls a year to help out the Redksins inept running game and possibly an upgrade at center although I’m not down on Kory L as much as most are. The proof is in the pudding that when both Kory L & Lauvaowere healthy last year the Redksins running game was one of the best in the NFL. So conventional wisdom Says when they both play next year the running game will again be good to great. I think they could draft a center to groom under Kory for a year or two, but I don’t think they have to go overspend for the best centers available – Alex Mack or Stefan Wisnewski – although their services would be awesome to have! They can find s blocking TE in either free agency (preferably) or in the mid to late rounds of the draft – I’m thinking Nick Vanette from Ohio State would be a good pick there and he would replace Paulsen on the roster.

    On defense, draft the best defensive player available in the first round and maybe the top 3 rounds.

    This offseason has to finally be the year they pick up some good free agents on defense and draft 2 or 3 studs in the draft… Doesn’t it?

    Didn’t the Broncos, Seahawks &’Panthers show us what a great defense can do?

    The Redksins only need depth on offense unless they cut Garcon and they can find that in free agency and rounds 4 & later in the draft.

    • Lex - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:18 AM

      I agree but the biggest problem on defense was joe barry. I understand we had injuries but imo hes not qualified. Who do we get someone more agressive thats proven. They improved slightly in year one due to personnel changes, so it wont kill us to start over now!

      • tm61 - Feb 9, 2016 at 9:06 AM

        The nepotism needs to stop before we can truly move forward.

        Why did we not hire Wade Phillips when he was available? Was it because he had no association with the old Tampa mafia. Sorry, but if we’re going to get anywhere we need to start hiring coaches on merit and not for their “buddy” status.

        Gruden improved in year 2, so let’s hope Barry does likewise. At the very least he should watch every game Denver played in order to learn how to form a defensive strategy for each game.

        After all my bitching, I wish them all well for the 2016 campaign.

        • Rich Tandler - Feb 9, 2016 at 10:18 AM

          There would have been a degree of nepotism had Phillips been hired; his son is the tight ends coach. The word, by the way, only applies to hiring relatives.

      • Mr.moneylover - Feb 9, 2016 at 9:52 AM

        I agree I seen jay gruden getting mad at Joe Barry I think it was when we first played the eagles about the lack of aggressive play calling from Joe barry….calling blitz 75% will get you to a nfc division game or a super bowl ask arizona cardinals and ask wade Phillips and the Denver broncos… He like to send 4 defensive a lot and that can burn you a lot witch it did…Joe Barry said the reason why he ain’t blitz a lot was because he ain’t wanna put a lot of pressure on our CBs to cover I’m sitting there looking like OMG is they babies or grown men…last time I check when you blitz …CBs has less time to cover and it can shake up your QB to make bad throws…Joe Barry first year was just OK I think he has one more year before they let him go because I think he could’ve done a better job even with the injuries… The first eagles game there’s no way Sam Bradford should have all day to stand in the pocket and throw two TDs passes down the field

    • hail74 - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:42 AM

      I get what your saying and agree it’s time to focus on defense but I feel that they have been drafting defensive players with high picks. Kerrigan,Jenkins,Amerson,Murphy and Preston were all 1st or 2nd round. Consider the use of 2 extra 1sts and an extra 2nd to draft RG3 and that’s a good percentage of picks on defense. Certainly can’t lament the drafting of Reed and Moses in the first three rounds. What sticks out tho is that Jenkins and amerson are gone and unless something changes I doubt Murphy gets a second contract.

    • Penz - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      The Redskins need to start drafting defensive players high in the draft? What about Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins, Amerson, Murphy and Preston Smith? Plenty of high picks there I’d say (considering the lack of picks due to the RG3 trade) , Jenkins and Amerson didn’t work out and still big question marks over Murphy. The Skins will almost certainly draft a DL in the 1st round in this years draft so not sure where you’re coming from.

    • renhoekk2 - Feb 9, 2016 at 9:05 AM

      How is jumping from 29th to 17th in points per game a “fail”. Do you think they win the division without the improvements he made on defense? They also took a huge jump in Special Teams rankings as well. I think fans are underestimating the job McCloughan was handed. You realize the team won 3 and then 4 games the previous two seasons. What was your expectation? That in one season he could build a defense that would rank in the top 10 for the next five years from one that was ranked in the bottom five of almost every statistical category? The roster he was handed not only lacked impact starters but also depth at most positions. You don’t fix all of that in one off season. Maybe the “quick fix” wasn’t his long term solution, but to just make the team competitive.

      • abanig - Feb 18, 2016 at 9:45 AM

        They still need to get better on defense. It’s still a bigger issue than the offensive side of the ball is.

  2. robert herrera - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    The Redskins staff should pick 5 out of their 8 picks on defense in 2016. The first two picks should be defense. If Hatcher wants to retire let him go. It’s time to build the Redskins team more on draft picks rather than free agency. Take the Seahawks and Broncos as great examples.

  3. robert herrera - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:17 AM

    Taking Kenny Clark or jarren reed as the first pick would be wise. The second pick should be a defensive back. A safety who can cover and hits hard on the open field tackles.

  4. colorofmyskinz - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    Bottom line: after watching the Super Bowl (and seeing 45 others) there is one thing that is a consistent theme – defense wins championships! You can have an average offense, like Denver, and still win with a top ranked defense. After watching the pressure of a real defensive unit, we have a very long way to go to sure up our defense.

    Hatch has to go, pot has to go. We need 2-3 more DE / defense line. We need an ACE middle linebacker. And we need ball hawking safety that hits like a middle line backer and a corner that can contest the best to be on the other side of Breeland. I count at least 5 – 6 new starters just to get into the top 5 of defenses minimum.

    We can only do this through a combination of FA and draft, otherwise we will be waiting 3- 5 years of drafts to make these changes. We need pressure from the line immediately. We don’t have one person that mimics a Demarcus ware and don’t have one person that mimics a Von Miller. We have some serious work to do on defense.

  5. skinsgame - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    There isn’t going to be a glut of good defensive linemen on the free agent market. Rebuilding the team enters its second year and it will take 2 or 3 more of hitting on 50% of players in the draft. There really are no shortcuts. Stephen Paea and Terrance Knighton are the latest examples that free agency is almost as unpredictable as the draft but has a higher price tag. Oh, wait, I forgot to blame Joe Barry for their lackluster play.

  6. cpst123 - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    What’s the point of signing free agents if we just let them go? Vinnie C would love to play fantasy football with 53 new players every year but is that a good idea? Has it worked?

    Pot Roast seemed to add value to the locker room as well as the field, how did he stack up to other NTs? There has to be some consideration for team cohesion.

    Junior Gallette was cheap last year but won’t be this year. Based on the SuperBowl, we’ll likely sign him.

    Can Blackmon and Dunbar develop and be more than stop gaps?

    We talk about drafting and building but where is the “building”? Can the guys we have improve? Can our coaches improve them?

  7. babyteal1 - Feb 9, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Rich I couldn’t disagree with you more on the inside linebacker situation. Compton & Foster are average to below average players. We need playmakers. We need difference makers. These guys are neither. If we want the same old same old we continue on with these two guys. If we want to improve we make changes.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 9, 2016 at 7:52 AM

      OK, so who is available on the free agent market who is between 25 ad 28 who won’t break the bank who are “difference makers”? I don’t see a “difference maker” at ILB on the market. It’s not an “anyone would be better” situation.

      And I should note that the way the question was framed, I’m saying what I think McCloughan will do, not necessarily what I would do. Give who’s out there I’m not so sure I’d do anything different in this particular case. But nobody cares what I would or wouldn’t do, I’m giving my read of what I see/hear out of Redskins Park.

      It’s my impression that McCloughan does not view ILB as a “hair on fire” need like many fans do. His impression is that it can be upgraded in the draft.

      • colorofmyskinz - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:17 AM

        Rich, what DL are available in free agency? I hear Thomas, 97, from Broncos is available. What other Dline?

        How about Safeties and CBs? We need them all. So maybe take whatever is available in FA out of these positions and then use top 2 picks to fill the other D positions?

        • sidepull - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:48 AM

          Isn’t Jackson,, who is very quick, from Denver a FA? He wont come cheap and Denver is probably going to try to keep him.

      • babyteal1 - Feb 9, 2016 at 2:56 PM

        If that’s the case I hope we use our 1st or 2nd round pick on an inside linebacker. Also, aren’t the two guys in Denver available?

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM

      When I last checked Martrell Spaight is still on the roster to develop in the inside and one who might provide some competition at middle linebacker. Middle Linebackers are not the normal position where playmakers can found easily acquired. What you need from that position is above average football intelligence who are solid tacklers that don’t get caught out of position. We’d be far better off signing Keenan Robinson again to see if he can clean up his tackling than to make a priority in finding a “playmaking” middle linebacker. 90% percent of the teams out there probably need a Luke Kuechly in the middle but this isn’t fantasy football. There’s only a limited number of players like him that play middle linebacker.

      Of all the needs for playmakers on this team you manage to gripe over the one of the least needy positions for it.

      • bangkokben - Feb 9, 2016 at 11:10 AM

        Re-signing Keenan Robinson IS fantasy football. He couldn’t fight his way off blocks. He excelled in a two-gap 3-4 where the linemen took on the blockers. Since that change isn’t happening, forget about him. You can add him to your list of guys that play better in colors other than B&G because in the right system he can be a pro-bowler.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 9, 2016 at 2:09 PM

          First of off, that statement was a suggestion while comparing the alternative of searching for a “playmaker” at ILB.

          He was considered by many to be the most productive defensive player in 2014 on this team, and yes his production dropped later in the season working under a new system. This is just another example of fickle loyalty on players that have talent where fans want chuck away after one struggling season.

          I honestly don’t know where he ends up but they already looked to have muffed on one talented player so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the staff give away another.

          However, you don’t know squat about what changes are coming. And you don’t know squat about development.

          Fantasy footballs is a statistical game which is something you try to play here often. Yeah collecting statistics and easy and too bad you lack the ability to properly apply them.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 9, 2016 at 2:18 PM

          ” He couldn’t fight his way off blocks. He excelled in a two-gap 3-4 where the linemen took on the blockers.”

          Keenan Robinson’s issue was getting himself out of position and not properly anticipating the direction of the offense. If you think Compton is better able in coming off blocks then you’re lost. Compton was better running the defense not performing in it.

        • bangkokben - Feb 9, 2016 at 2:44 PM

          You say to- mah t0e I say tomato. You don’t have to take a difference of opinion so personally. When coaching changes happen, systems change, and some players talents are awash in the shuffle. Robinson is prime example. I fully expected Compton to not even make the team last off-season but he was able to adapt to the new system and being an exclusive rights free agent can’t even convert what limited personal success he had into an increase in person wealth. Robinson on the other hand had the entire offseason and training camp to turn his contract year into a financial boon, yet he didn’t. Instead, he couldn’t adjust to the system, lost his job to injury and couldn’t get it back because the back-up out played him – not by a little but significantly. So sign him for what? Because he looked good in a different system with different coaches on a worse defense. Okay. Sounds like you.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 9, 2016 at 4:37 PM

          Keenan rarely had issues coming off his blocks. So it’s not tomatoes we are discussing here regarding keenan’s issues; it’s apples and oranges.

          “When coaching changes happen, systems change, and some players talents are awash in the shuffle.”

          I’d agree if the above statement was proven to be a fact. That’s a common theme for you. A player struggles and he suddenly isn’t a system fit, so release him. Outside of Cousins, Is there no such concept of a player that just needed to step back and work out some issues? Keenan actually started out the season how he left off last year and played even more physical. So he seemed to be doing just fine under the current “system” initially. Injuries may very well have contributed to his setback but it wasn’t the only issue. I don’t argue that!

          Overall, he just got himself out of position way too much and Compton is just better right now running this defense. However, Keenan has the ability to play the Mike in a 3-4 which was proven in 2014. While there are nuances in this 3-4 it doesn’t mean the issues for Keenan were not correctable. The decision to retain Keenan is going to be up to coaching staff and Scot. However, for every talented player with potential that this staff continues to release; who then moves on to shine elsewhere is going to accumulate. I like Compton but I don’t think he has the physical attributes to maintain his role for long. And your excuses of system fit as to the reason for cutting gifted players will eventually run out.

        • bangkokben - Feb 9, 2016 at 5:34 PM

          Look, if you think Keenan “just got himself out of position way too much” isn’t a system issue, that is fine. If you don’t want to believe that system is a key reason why players play well one year and not as good the next and vice versa after SYSTEM changes, that’s fine too. BUT I’m not advocating cutting anyone because of fit – except Andre Roberts. But concerning Keenan, I’m not doing that. In this case. Robinson is no longer under contract. Had he had another year left, I’d just keep my mouth shut, but since it is an issue of making him an offer, I don’t think it will happen because I think the coaches have seen enough. I could be wrong and I’d totally be fine with that but I have given my rationale for why it would happen. I hope against reason that Morris is offered a contract but I don’t expect that to happen. I actually think Morris could be fine in this scheme too, but doubt that many in the building think that. Again, it doesn’t always come to that. Finances play a part in it and offering vets entering their prime contracts where fit in the scheme seems questionable is not what winning organizations do. I have my doubts about Compton as well and therefore like the ILB pick but if it’s a question between Compton at $700,000 and Robinson at $4,000,000; to me the choice is obvious.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 9, 2016 at 5:55 PM

          “Look, if you think Keenan “just got himself out of position way too much” isn’t a system issue, ”

          It’s an issue under the system itself but it doesn’t mean he can’t do a better job with his judgement. Honestly, I think he just relied too much on his athletic ability to make up ground. So it may be more of a discipline issue. He looked really good very early in the season. I honestly don’t know what caused the regression. Did Barry step it up and implement more complicated schemes that Keenan couldn’t manage? It’s possible. I just don’t like prematurely giving up on players that showed real promise on the field. It’d help if we had a clear long term replacement for him before releasing him. I’m not confident Compton is that long term solution.

        • bangkokben - Feb 9, 2016 at 7:02 PM

          “It’d help if we had a clear long term replacement for him…” True. It would but this comes down to finances and timing. Keenan was an outside linebacker at Texas, we drafted him and switched him, he learned the position his rookie year – tearing his right pec in the twelvth game of the season, tore his left pec on the first day of training camp his second year, showed great promise his third year being one of the better players on a terrible unit; and in his fourth year, played well for maybe four games before he struggled with injury, and his play – not just personally but also as the mike he struggled getting the rest of the guys in position to play better. So, yeah, he showed flashes but he hardly deserves the label of long-term answer. I wished they’d move him back to OLB because at time his speed reminded me of Monte Coleman. But the team isn’t releasing him. At the beginning of free agency he will be free to find a good fit – which I think is Green Bay since they are moving Matthews back to the outside. Can he do a better job here than last year, of course he can; but what is better for him? To find a place he fits, is paid WELL, and isn’t challenging for a starting job.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 9, 2016 at 7:46 PM

          I can agree the FA market could drive up his price tag too high to retain since he’s not even assured a starting spot.

      • babyteal1 - Feb 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM

        Your out of your mind. Your inside linebackers are the run stoppers on defense. When you have a couple of guys who only make tackles 5 yards past the line of scrimmage than you have a problem. They don’t fill the holes properly and make no plays….blah blah blah players. We will never improve with these guys.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 9, 2016 at 3:46 PM

          “Your out of your mind. Your inside linebackers are the run stoppers on defense.”

          So a run stuffing linebacker is a playmaker or difference maker? You have your semantics all mixed up.

          I certainly don’t argue the ILBs under performed in the rushing attack. However they weren’t the only group that under performed in that area. The nose tackle was a huge part of the issue because he wasn’t getting sufficient penetration. The OLBs were also responsible for many gaffs. Regardless, ILB is not a priority position of need to upgrade. Also, Compton was actually quite good as a signal caller on defense. An upgrade on Riley’s spot would be nice. But not at the price of a 1st round pick. I’d like to see if Robinson could move to that spot but unfortunately he is a free agent who will probably opt to find another team.

    • colmac69 - Feb 9, 2016 at 12:58 PM

      U don’t need playmaker at every position…..in a 3-4 you need inside guys to b solid players who can make correct calls and b in place to make the tackles. ….do that right you don’t need a superstar like patrick Willis or ray lewis…to the naked eye it appeared compton and foster did that pretty gd together and had gd communication btwn them…..let your outside guys make the big plays…..

      While your always looking to get better at every position this defense has more urgent needs than inside backers

      • babyteal1 - Feb 9, 2016 at 3:01 PM

        Another fool

        • colmac69 - Feb 9, 2016 at 3:29 PM

          Maybe so but it’s only an opinion my friend….

          If they upgrade inside guys cool but more important than that is interior line….pass rush and safety……..

          Let’s wait and see what road the GM takes over nxt few months

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 9, 2016 at 5:26 PM

          colmac69, you lost him at 3-4.

  8. scottmccloughanfan - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Been advocating here for a run at ERIC WEDDLE. There’s a good chance he leaves SAN DIEGO, and I feel he is better than a mid-range FS. Might even bring him in under GOLDSON’s salary first year if structured properly.

    Otherwise, I would concentrate on the d-line. Our first DT or DE, third DE or CB, fourth SS, UDFA DE.

    Offense, second C, first sixth WR, second sixth RB, first seventh QB, second seventh OG.

    Based on need I guess. Don’t know what they’re looking for in a person, but I like what here so far under McCLOUGHAN. Looking forward to FA.

    • colorofmyskinz - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:28 AM

      I like these draft pick choices per round.

    • bk70 - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:39 AM

      I thought we have a total of 8 2016 draft picks, with the extra in the seventh round.

  9. scottmccloughanfan - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    1 – DT JARREN REED or DE JONATHAN BULLARD
    2 – C NICK MARTIN
    3 – DE SHAWN OAKMAN
    4 – SS MILES KILLEBREW
    6 – WR KOLBY LISTENBEE
    6 – RB TYLER ERVIN
    7 – QB KEVIN HOGAN
    7 – OG ERIC MacLAIN

    UDFA

    OT – JOE GORE
    ILB – LUKE RHODES
    DE – GREG TOWNSEND Jr.
    QB – VAD LEE
    WR – ALONZO RUSSELL
    RB – KENNETH FARROW

    My wish list before FA.

    • 214hof - Feb 9, 2016 at 11:33 AM

      1st DL Reed/Clark
      2nd DB Carl Joesph/ Jeremy Cash
      3rd SCOOBY WRIGHT III

      I would be pumped if the first 3 picks were on D.

      • Mike - Feb 9, 2016 at 3:28 PM

        I like cash and wright there. Not sure if wright will last that long though.

  10. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Here’s what Jaguars blog Big Cat Country has to say about Stefan Wisniewski:

    Stefan Wisniewski was brought in as a free agent to provide a veteran presence at the center position and to help Blake Bortles with the nuance of calling pass protections for the offensive line. He is what he is as a player — okay pass blocker, liability as a run blocker, nothing special.

    http://www.bigcatcountry.com/2016/1/21/10777598/2015-jaguars-roster-review-offensive-line-luke-joeckel
    ~

  11. bk70 - Feb 9, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    scottmccloughanfan – There are not two sixth round picks….Thanks Rich Tandler …

    The Redskins have eight picks in the draft, which will be held in Chicago on April 26-30. They have their own picks in rounds 1-5 and in round seven. They will have the 21st pick in the first round and then alternate picks 21 and 22 in each round with the Texans, who also were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and who also had a 9-7 record. Washington got the better pick in the first round due to having played a weaker schedule than Houston.

    They do not have their own sixth-round pick, having traded it to the Buccaneers as part of the Dashon Goldson trade. In that deal they got Tampa Bay’s seventh-round pick. And last year they got the Saints’ sixth-round pick in this draft as part of a trade of picks in the 2014 draft.

    To sum it up, the Redskins have one pick in each round 1-6 and two in round 7 for a total of eight.

  12. Mr.moneylover - Feb 9, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Scot m. Plan is to build the defense threw the draft…free agency will be just to patch the little areas up until the next draft comes around…second or third day that’s when redskins will be starting to reach out to players agents…nobody expect Chris culliver pot roast or jeron Johnson to be available on the third day of free agency….guys value drop and sometimes players get unnoticed…so the notable names that ppl think redskins gonna go after most likely will be wrong…the unnoticed names are more likely redskins will go after

  13. bangkokben - Feb 9, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    For all the Pot Roast fans, the Broncos actually got better defensively without him. They improved in yards per carry from 3.7 in 2014 to 3.3 in 2015. They also improved in sacks from 41 (2014) to 52 (2015).

  14. troylok - Feb 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Well, you can’t draft or sign undrafted free agents to fill every spot. The way some folks talk you would think we had 44 draft picks. It’s my feeling that Pot Roast will return, Golston will get cut, and there will be a few more defensive linemen signed in free agency.

    Goldson was a team leader but he’s not worth a big contract. He’s slow for a safety and not all that good of a tackler, so therefore, I could see him getting replaced by a role player free agent safety.

    My feeling is there will be at least one safety, one inside linebacker and one defensive lineman taken in the draft. The team wants to upgrade at center so I could see one or two picks going that way. There will be a running back, quarterback and wide receiver also taken if things work out but those are depth picks and not priority picks.

  15. sidepull - Feb 9, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    I was always hoping best player available. I remember reading an article that pointed out what Scot is looking for in this draft. It was not best player available, it was best Football player available. He said it like a bunch of times.
    So who is the BFPA that’s standing at pick 21? It all depends on the first 20 unless he thinks there is sleeper somewhere. I always hope they go defense. Last year my top three hopefuls were Leonard Williams, Danny Shelton and then Shayne Ray. Scot picked none of them. He picked a guard. Well that let me know he was gonna help out Cuz or RG3 at the time and I gotta believe his recent statement about building around Cuz may indicate that as bad as I want them to go D in the draft he could easily go back and get a nice WR or C or whatever he deems is going to provide an impact player. Crowder was a great pick up last year and I am not yet convinced that Jones is a great pick but he was a rookie and he could really have a big jump this year. It is going to get interesting here watching Scot go to work. In the meantime I hope Goldson and Hatcher just move on.

  16. skinsdiehard - Feb 9, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    The thing about the starters in the secondary is that they should not be considered locks. We can upgrade from Blackmon, Dunbar, DHall, Ihenacho, Johnson and Jarrett. A round 1 CB would give the Skins a solid group with Breeland and Culliver. Drop Blackmon because he gave up many TD’s, so did DHall and Trent Robinson getting over the top late. A round 2 or 3 FS would be an upgrage over DHall. I would keep Goldson. DHall continues to play too soft in coverage and is too small for TE’s. The secondary has never been ranked highly since DHall joined the Skins in 2008. How much longer do we have to see this guy to learn that he is not the answer…….but one of the problems. Pairing DHall and Josh Wilson (both 5’9″) was one of the dumbest roster moves of the last decade.

  17. Me - Feb 9, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    They can’t afford the aging free safety d hall not aggressive for that position please stop it !!!!! He has all the money in the world let him be !!! Hell only gender the defense with is mouthing off

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