By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 3, 2014
The Washington Redskins have made some very good moves this offseason, which should help get them back on track after a very disappointing 3-13 season. That said, there is still plenty of work to do, as GM Bruce Allen must add players who fit new head coach Jay Gruden's style. With no first round pick, the Redskins must make an impact in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
Here are five players who they should target on Day 2.
Brandon Meriweather is such an inconsistent player who always seems to be out of position. Until they replace him at safety, I think the Redskins' defense will continue to struggle.
Jimmie Ward is arguably the best coverage safety in this class. He also has very good athleticism and incredible ball skills. Ward is a consistent player who would give Washington some much-needed stability in the defensive backfield.
The retirement of London Fletcher leaves a massive hole in the middle of the Redskins' defense. Shayne Skov had a very productive career at Stanford, and seems to be getting overlooked in the draft process. He is a very smart player with incredible instincts and leadership abilities. Skov is a great run defender and underrated in pass rush. He does not have great athleticism or pass coverage skills, but I think Skov could be a steal on Day 2.
Gruden likes to run a two tight end offense, and with Jordan Reed emerging last season, he will certainly be one of them. C.J. Fiedorowicz is a mid-round option for the Skins to consider, as he would complement Reed very well. He is a traditional in-line TE with great size (6'foot-6, 265 pounds) and incredible blocking skills. He does not have off-the-charts athleticism, but he is quick for his size and a very consistent pass catcher.
The Redskins could really use an upgrade over Tyler Polumbus at the RT position. JuWuan James is a very talented prospect, who will likely be there for Washington in the second round. James has great strength and impressive athleticism that allows him to be effective in both the pass and run game. James is inconsistent and needs work on his technique, but the upside is massive.
Morgan Moses would be a safer pick than James, with a bit less upside. He could definitely step right in and play RT for Washington, as he is arguably the best run blocking prospect in this class. Moses' pass blocking is good, but not great, and he does not have the elite athleticism of some of the other OT prospects. Moses is a solid player who would very likely be a key contributor right away.
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