A talent upgrade at defensive end will give the Redskins much needed improvement for the attack in the trenches. Andre Carter is not consistent enough in applying pressure, and on the right side, Phillip Daniels is thirty-four and has also not impressed with his play. The defense as a whole will be aided by the addition of quality talent here.
At cornerback, Shawn Springs is now into his thirties, and the team will look to find depth for now and the future. Carlos Rogers is young and still learning the game at the NFL level, but overall, the pass defense didn’t live up to hopes. They’ve drafted well in the secondary, but have seen the likes of Fred Smoot leave in the recent past. Changes are in store, and it may just be a matter of time before new talent is given a chance to win a starting cornerback role.
Another defensive concern will be at middle linebacker. Lemar Marshall has been solid in the middle, but the thirty-year old is not the answer for the future, and Washington will look to add a young play-maker that can hold down the position for years to come. With little talent after Marshall, it should surprise no one to see the ‘Skins make a move to bring in a player via the draft.
On offense, the line will need depth as tackle Jon Jansen and guard Randy Thomas—both thirty-one—aren’t getting any younger. They may have some good seasons left in them, but the team will need to plan now in order to prepare for a future without their aging veterans. Also, injuries can be combated with some additions here; the line as a whole isn’t “old” but the unit does lack important depth.
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