DRAFT PREVIEW: Pick 17 – Washington Redskins

Washington go into this Draft in some disarray following the firing of general manager Scot McCoughan last month, so it will be interesting to see how they approach it.

Pick: 17

2016 Record: 8-7-1

What went right in 2016? Offensively, there was not a lot wrong with the Washington team in 2016. Kirk Cousins produced a serviceable performance and the wide receiving duo of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon were able to stretch the field enough to almost make up for the lack of a top quality running back.

And what went wrong? The defense, on the other hand, was pretty hapless. For all of the publicity generated by the arrival of Josh Norman, the unit ranked only 27th and coordinator Joe Barry was sacked at the end of the season. Post-season, losing both Jackson and Garcon could also be regarded as careless, as was the ham-fisted dismissal of McCoughan.

What do they need? Running Back, Linebacker, Defensive Back

Who will they pick? Washington recruited well in free agency, meaning that there is no immediate need to take a receiver or any linemen. They might consider a running back, but Robert Kelley had a decent 2016 and is likely to be given a chance to nail down the starting role. That suggests that defensive back or linebacker will be the choice here, with Temple linebacker Haason Reddick looking a strong candidate.

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Richard O'Hagan
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