2014 NFL Draft: 5 Late-Round Sleepers Washington Redskins Should Target
5 Late-Round Sleepers the Redskins Should Target in the Draft
Going into last season, the Washington Redskins were the NFL's hottest team. Armed with a young quarterback who seemed to be becoming the face of the entire league with a head coach who knew exactly how to use him, everything seemed to be going right for the Redskins.
As we all know by now, that’s not exactly how the Redskins’ season played out. Coming off another knee injury, star quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled to make the same type of impact we expected, and head coach Mike Shanahan's situation was a mess all season long.
With that said, the team has hope for the future. Griffin is still going to be a great quarterback in the league, and running back Alfred Morris pairs with Griffin to provide the Redskins with one of the best backfields in the NFL today. The defense is still a work in progress, but there is talent there as well in Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo forming one of the better pass-rushing duos in the league. There are weaknesses throughout the roster, sure, but that doesn't mean there is no talent at all.
With that said, due to the fact the team traded their first round pick to the St. Louis Rams, the Redskins' later-round selections become all the more important. It’s crucial for Washington’s future success that they continue to add young talent to the roster, and thanks to a few trades, that talent is going to need to come through the late rounds, or else we could be looking at another Redskins disaster.
5. Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
The Redskins have a huge need at guard, and it just so happens that this year's draft class is filled with quality guard talent. Brandon Thomas doesn't have elite talent, but he is more than adequate at the guard position. Very powerful with nimble feet, Thomas has potential for the future, and there is no doubt he could step in right away at either guard spot.
4. John Urschel, OG, Penn State
As far as the other guard spot is concerned, John Urschel would be a great pick-up in the late rounds for the Redskins. He's not the biggest guy, but he has good enough strength and is adequate in both run blocking and pass protection.
3. Chris Davis, CB, Auburn
Chris Davis is one of the most well-known commodities in this year's draft thanks to a couple of huge plays when it mattered most last season. Yet, somehow, Davis is very underrated as a player. He is good in coverage, and while he doesn't have top-end speed, it's more than enough to keep up with most receivers. Washington has a need at corner, and Davis would be a great value.
2. Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Tyler Polumbus has struggled mightily for the Redskins, and as a result, it's time the team looks for his replacement. Seantrel Henderson is absolutely massive at 6-foot-7, 331 pounds, and the man's strength is remarkable. He needs work on technique, but if Washington is able to pick him up in the later rounds of the draft, they shouldn't hesitate.
1. Tyler Larson, C, Utah State
Much like the rest of Washington's offensive line, center Will Montgomery is simply not cut out to be an NFL starter. Tyler Larson is a very polished prospect, and while he lacks elite talent, he will be a solid leader on the line for years to come. Larsen is a perfect fit on Washington's line.