By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 18, 2014
With no first-round pick, the Washington Redskins must be able to get new head coach Jay Gruden his style of players in the middle and late rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Redskins have already made some nice improvements in free agency, but there is still plenty of work to do to a roster that went 3-13 last season. Here are five draft prospects who are likely Redskins targets that their fans should get familiar with.
Kyle Van Noy is an extremely versatile linebacker who would be a great value pick for the Redskins at the top of the second round if he is available. Van Noy is great in coverage and pass rush. While he shows flashes against the run, his overall game will need work in that department. Van Noy has great speed and athleticism that will allow him to make plays all over the field. That is welcomed in any defense.
With the additions of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts this offseason, the WR position is no longer a huge need for the Redskins. That said, Brandon Coleman is a late-round prospect who would add depth and much-needed size to their WR corps. At 6-foot-6, 225-pounds, Coleman has the size and athleticism to become an elite NFL WR. He is inconsistent and has yet to live up to his potential, but the Redskins could take their time and let him develop.
Morgan Moses is an intriguing offensive tackle prospect who could help the Redskins' less than stellar offensive line immediately. Moses is a big (6-foot-6, 321-pounds), dominant run blocker who I think could play right tackle in the NFL right away. He also has the footwork and athleticism to improve his pass blocking and potentially become a left tackle down the road.
Gruden likes to run a two tight end offense. With the athletic already Jordan Reed in place, the Redskins still need to add another at the position. C.J. Fiedorowicz would be a great complement to Reed. Fiedorowicz is a traditional TE with elite blocking ability in both the run and pass game. His size alone (6-foot-6, 265-pounds) makes him a receiving threat especially in the red zone, but he is also a good route runner with very reliable hands.
The Redskins have an obvious need for depth at the CB position, and Jaylen Watkins has emerged as a target of theirs in the middle rounds. Watkins is a good athlete with impressive speed, quickness and leaping ability. Playing in the SEC, Watkins has experience against top of the line wide receivers and his results have mostly been positive. He also has the versatility to play safety which is another obvious need, making him a perfect fit.
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