The Washington Redskins have yet to fill out all of their needs in free agency, as questions still remain at inside linebacker, right tackle, cornerback and possibly left guard.
The team still hopes to come to an agreement with London Fletcher to avoid being left with a huge void at inside linebacker. But Washington could look to the draft to meet some of their remaining needs, particularly at right tackle.
Incumbent Jammal Brown continues to rehab a bad right hip and is optimistic about his chances of returning to full strength. But the Redskins still could look to the draft at this position.
Expected to select quarterback Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick, Washington won’t be on the clock again until the third round. But, according to ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, the Redskins still figure to have some starter-quality options at right tackle in the third round.
“There’s a group of different guys that can fit holes,” McShay said on a conference call on Friday. “Any number of [quality] guys will come off the board in that late-second, early-third [range].”
Here’s a rundown of the candidates that McShay believes project well into Washington’s system:
Mitchell Schwartz, Cal – The 6-foot-6, 318-pounds Schwartz was a four-year starter at Cal and has good mobility. Because of that, he projects well into zone-blocking schemes. There are concerns about his durability, however, as he has battled a back injury. But it didn’t keep him off the field in college. Says McShay, “Mitchell Schwartz is the best fit [for Washington], for me, if he were to fall to the third round.”
Jeff Allen, Illinois — 6-5, 315 pounds. Possesses the versatility to play multiple positions, having played both left and right tackle in college, and some scouts view him as a potential guard in the NFL. He excels as a pass protector and has good feet. McShay sees Allen as the next-best option for the Redskins if Schwartz is off the board.
Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State – The 6-6, 333-pound Osemele played a variety of positions for Iowa State. He has long arms, good athleticism and power. He’s projected to play right tackle in the NFL despite seeing time at both right and left tackle and guard at Iowa State.
Bobby Massie, Mississippi – The 6-5, 318-pound Massie started at right tackle for three seasons at Mississippi. The Lynchburg, Va., native has good quickness and the ability to dominate edge rushers in pass protection.
Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma – The 6-5, 312-pound Stephenson has good athleticism, which helps him stay in front of defenders. But he needs to work on his footwork — an area where he’s inconsistent at times. He does have a good, quick first step, and does well as a run blocker.
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