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2012 Washington Redskins Offseason Needs

May 31, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 168

The Washington Redskins went out and signed Mike Shanahan as their head coach in 2010, with the hopes that he could get them back in contention in the NFC East. The first two seasons under Shanahan, however, have been quite the disappointment as they are just 11-21. But they did trade key players in order to move up to the No. 2 pick in the draft, with the hopes of adding either Stanford's Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III to their roster. It will obviously take time until the rookie signal caller will get acclimated to the NFL game, but once he does, then the sky is the limit for the Redskins. This will be the first time in quite a while that the Redskins will have a true franchise quarterback on their roster. Here are some of the Redskins' big additions and subtractions so far this young offseason, plus a breakdown of their biggest needs heading into the draft.

Additions:

WR Pierre Garcon

S Brandon Meriweather

WR Josh Morgan

CB Cedric Griffin

S Tanard Jackson

S Madieu Williams

OT James Lee

Subtractions:

SS LaRon Landry

FS O.J. Atogwe

FB Mike Sellers

WR Donte' Stallworth

RB Tim Hightower (free agent)

OLB Rocky McIntosh (free agent)

Top 5 Needs:

1. Quarterback

With the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, it is a certainty that the Redskins will either pick Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. If the mock drafts are any indication, then Griffin III will most likely be the player that will fall to their lap with the 2nd pick. Griffin III is an ideal fit for Shanahan's offensive attack and he is deadly accurate out of the pocket, but also possesses that rare ability to scramble and make plays on the run. He will likely experience the ups and downs that any other rookie would, but he should make everyone around him better.

2. Left Guard

Unfortunately for the Redskins, starting guard Kory Lichtensteiger tore his ACL and MCL last season and it's likely that they will be unable to rely on him in 2012. Even if Lichtensteiger is able to return to the lineup, it's more than likely he will be unable to return to his previous form. Washington needs to add another player capable of starting in case Lichtensteiger suffers any setbacks.

3. Right Tackle

Injuries have also plagued the Redskins in this position. Jammal Brown has had trouble staying healthy, but he was very good when he was on the field. If he can stay healthy over the course of a full season, then this position will not be that much of a big deal. However, as insurance, the Redskjns may need to add another player from free agency who can spell Brown if and when he goes down.

4. Cornerback

Washington has a formidable duo of DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson, but after those two, there really isn't anyone else on the depth charts. Kevin Barnes served as the nickel back last year, but he was a big disappointment and his production could easily be replaced. Washington added Cedric Griffin and Leigh Torrence via free agency, but it's simply not enough.

5. Linebacker

The Redskins already have a pretty strong corps at linebacker, with London Fletcher and Perry Riley in the middle and Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo holding down the outside. It won't hurt to add more depth, though, as Fletcher is getting up there in age and he may need to be replaced sooner rather than later. They could also use another pass rusher at the outside linebacker spot, as they would be in big trouble if one of Kerrigan or Orakpo goes down with an injury.

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