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2014 NFL Draft: Ranking Washington Redskins’ Top 5 Needs

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Ranking the Washington Redskins' Top Five Draft Needs

Jay Gruden
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Looking back, perhaps it was too early to proclaim the Washington Redskins an NFL team on the rise following the 2012-13 season.

Going into this past season, the Redskins seemed to have everything going for them. They had a young, exciting franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III who looked like he might be the next big thing, and the team as a whole looked to be gelling nicely. However, following a disastrous season in which the team seemed to totally fall apart, it now appears as though Washington is back at square one in their rebuilding process.

Thanks to the trade that brought Griffin to Washington, instead of having the No. 2 overall pick in May’s draft, the Redskins will instead have to wait until the second round to fill any of the holes on the roster. With that said, it becomes increasingly important that the Redskins properly identify their needs and make sure to do their best to fill them through the draft.

There is no doubt that the 2013-14 season was hard to watch for Redskins fans. And while it’s true that the team still has a long way to go before them become true contenders, there is still some hope in the future. If Griffin can rebound to his rookie form, new head coach Jay Gruden can prove he is the right coach for the job, and the team is able to fill some holes through this year’s draft, the future could be very bright in Washington. That said, it all starts with the 2014 NFL draft.

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5. Tight End

Jordan Reed
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Jordan Reed is a nice young talent for the Redskins, but Fred Davis has fallen apart. Some of the most successful teams in the NFL have had two talented tight ends exploiting defenses, and the Redskins would be smart to target another young tight end.

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4. Cornerback

DeAngelo Hall
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While DeAngelo Hall was very good last season for the Redskins on one side of the field, the other cornerback spot proved to be a liability. Josh Wilson is very much an average player, and if the Redskins really want to get better at the position, they will make cornerback a draft priority.

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3. Inside Linebacker

London Fletcher
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London Fletcher has moved on to life after football, and while Perry Riley is a solid enough player, it’s hard to envision him becoming anything more than what he is right now. The inside linebacker position is often one of the most important, so it’s crucial for the Redskins take a look at this year’s top prospects at the position.

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2. Wide Reciever

Pierre Garcon
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Washington needs to surround Griffin with more talent, especially at the wide receiver position with Josh Morgan on his way out the door and Santana Moss aging quickly. If the Redskins really want their offense to improve, they will make receiver a top priority.

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1. Right Tackle

Tyler Polumbus
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Let’s stop pretending Tyler Polumbus is an adequate NFL starter because the fact of the matter is that he’s not. Griffin needs better protection in order to succeed, and if the Redskins are wise, they are going to make sure they snag a right tackle in this year’s draft.