Thursday, March 8, 2012

Redskins WR Situation

Marques Colston could become a Redskin this off-season. (Photo: nola.com)
A point of concern that the Redskins should address this off-season is wide receiver. If they move up and select Robert Griffin III or sign a different quarterback, he is going to need somebody to throw to.

Currently the Redskins have Santana Moss, Donte Stallworth (free agent), Jabar Gaffney, and Anthony Armstrong as their top four wide receivers.

The Redskins don't have the talent at the wide receiver position that they need if the want to compete with top teams. They don't have a big name, big time wide receiver that sells tickets and scores touchdowns.

There are, however, players that they can sign through free agency.

Currently the top free agent wide receiver is Vincent Jackson of the San Diego Chargers. He is a big tall wide receiver with great hands. He can block and he can run routes. He's been in the league for seven years so he is still fairly young. Last season, he had 60 receptions for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns.

Another free agent that pops out at me is Marques Colston of the New Orleans Saints. At just 28 years old, he still has a number of years left in the league. With the Saints recently franchise tagging Drew Brees, the price tag on Colston maybe a little too high for the Redskins (shocking...I know).

If the Redskins are looking for experience and a big name, Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts is also available. Seeing as how the Colts are expected to draft Andrew Luck, they may retain Wayne simply for his experience. But, he is an interesting option.

Looking toward the draft, the Redskins have a few options, as well. For this, we're are going to assume that they have traded away this years first and second round pick in order to move up and draft Robert Griffin III.

When the Redskins select in the third round, I project that Nick Toon will still be on the board. Toon is a tall target standing at 6' 2" and set numerous records at Wisconsin.

If the Redskins use their third round pick for a different position, they will have two picks to use in a the fourth round. One direction they could go is draft AJ Jenkins from Illinois. Jenkins is over 6 feet tall and ran a 4.39 40 yard dash at the combine in Indy. He also had a 38.5" vertical jump and recorded a 10' 04" broad jump.

A few players that could be selected in the later rounds include Devier Posey (Ohio State), Marquis Maze (Alabama), and Marvin McNutt (Iowa).

Either way the Redskins decide to go, they need to draft or sign a wide receiver of quality. Last season we saw many get their opportunity on this team and fall flat. Bringing in a fresh wideout would do wonders for the offense.