2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Washington Redskins’ 5 Biggest Needs

Updating the Washington Redskins' 5 Biggest Needs

Jay Gruden
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The Washington Redskins were one of the NFL's biggest disappointments last season. So, after firing now-former head coach Mike Shanahan, the Redskins brought in Jay Gruden to coach the team. That said, if Gruden wants to truly be successful, he must nail it in the draft. With that in mind, here are the Washington Redskins' five biggest draft needs.

5. Center

Will Montgomery
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5. Center

Will Montgomery
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Right now, the only player the Redskins have at the center position is Tevita Stevens. That’s simply not going to cut it. That said, this draft class has plenty of viable starting centers, and the Redskins would be wise to target one.

4. Offensive Guard

Cyril Richardson
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4. Offensive Guard

Cyril Richardson
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Although the Redskins went out and signed Shawn Lauvao to try and shore up the interior offensive line, the team still needs a lot of help at the guard position. Perhaps someone like Baylor’s Cyril Richardson would be able to fill the Redskins needs.

3. Right Tackle

Trent Williams
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3. Right Tackle

Trent Williams Washington Redskins
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At left tackle, the Redskins are set, as Trent Williams is one of the best in the league at his position. That said, on the right side of the offensive line, Tyler Polumbus has been a liability, and simply must be replaced. This year’s draft class has enough starting-quality players at the position that the Redskins should make the position a priority.

2. Safety

Brandon Meriweather
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2. Saftey

Brandon Meriweather
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Brandon Meriweather has been relatively ineffective as a member of the Redskins, and it’s time the team starts looking for his replacement. Picking up a solid safety in the draft could turn around the Redskins' entire secondary.

1. Cornerback

DeAngelo Hall
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1. Cornerback

DeAngelo Hall_Washington Redskins
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Speaking of turning around the secondary, the Redskins' top need without a question is cornerback. Deangelo Hall is extremely overrated, and with the loss of Josh Wilson, the position becomes an even bigger priority in the draft.


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