5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters for Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins: 5 Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters
The Washington Redskins are looking to start from scratch this offseason. Once again, the Redskins must look to draft pieces that can provide hope to the fans and constant productivity for the franchise.
Last season was awful for Washington. The team was certainly humbled after only three wins on the year. Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins, is looking to piece together a better team in hopes of bringing glory back into the nation's capital. In 2012, Washington selected Robert Griffin III No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft. Without any doubt, Griffin is Washington's leader and most important piece, and the Redskins will go as far as RG3 takes them.
After four bad years in Washington, gaining an overall winning percentage of .375 , Snyder decided to fire Mike Shanahan in what was a great call for the organization. Washington then named Jay Gruden, former offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, to be head coach. This will be Gruden's first year as head coach in the league.
The Redskins have a lot of needs to meet in the 2014 draft. Washington will have no first-round pick in 2014 as they traded it away when moving up to take RG3. In the 2014 draft, the Redskins will have six draft picks. It will be interesting to see who GM Bruce Allen selects.
This article will examine five players who should catch the eyes of Washington's scouts and management. Each of these players have a good chance at earning a starting spot in their rookie season if drafted.
5. Kyle Fuller - Cornerback - Virginia Tech
Kyle Fuller would be a great addition for Washington. The Redskins had a lot of coverage issues in recent years, and Fuller could be a constant support for Washington's secondary. In four years at Tech, he had six interceptions and 150 tackles. Fuller is very fast and also has the ability to return punts and kickoffs. He would be a big contributor to defense and special teams.
4. Yawin Smallwood - Linebacker - Connecticut
The Redskins need help in finding someone to take on the difficult task of replacing London Fletcher. Washington needs a linebacker who is vocal and can help take lead of the defense. Yawin Smallwood would help Washington out a lot.
Smallwood is super athletic and would make a great pass rusher for Washington. He was the leading tackler at UConn and could help the Redskins tackle by wrapping up. The team missed way to many tackles during the last season. He can also play outside or inside linebacker, and the Redskins could use a very versatile defender.
3. Dri Archer - Running Back / Kick Returner - Kent State
Archer is one of the most exciting college football players to watch. He could help out Washington at running back, but his biggest contributions would come to Washington's special teams which needs a lot of help. He averaged 7.3 yards per rush and 13.7 yards per catch at Kent State. Washington could really use a guy like Dri Archer.
2. Cyril Richardson - Offensive Guard - Baylor
Washington needs help on its offensive line, and Cyril Richardson could help the Redskins gigantically. He is a beast at 6-foot-5, 340-pounds. He helped Baylor average more than 600 yards per game last year. RG3 needs a lot of protection, and bringing in player from the same university Griffin attended is a very smart move. I believe Richardson is one of the most pro-ready guards in the draft.
1. Allen Robinson - Wide Receiver - Penn State
Washington needs more explosive, big play receivers. Pierre Garçon is currently Griffin's No. 1 receiver, but the second spot is completely open. The Redskins need RG3 to be a better passer, and having Robinson at receiver would give him a better target. He can stretch to make catches and break tackles. He would be a great starter in Washington.