The 40 most valuable Redskins for 2015

Everybody ranks the best players. Let's talk valuable and indispensable, and specifically for the 2015 Washington Redskins. We ranked the top 40 players. Trent Williams or Jason Hatcher? DeSean Jackson or Kory Lichtensteiger? DeAngelo Hall or Matt Jones?

There is best and there is valuable, indispensable. Sometimes those definitions end with the same result. Sometimes, when factoring in scheme and talent, depth (good and bad) and logic, they do not.

Breaking ranked the most valuable members of the Washington Redskins for 2015. Read on an then sound off in our forums


40. Silas Redd, RB - Looked good at times last season and could start the season as the No. 2 back. Low rank stems from other viable options able to step in if needed.

39. Morgan Moses, OT - Decent chance the second-year tackle is called into action whether he's ready or not.

38. Trenton Robinson, FS - Dashon Goldson has only played all 16 regular season games once in the last four seasons.

37. Darell Young, FB - Steady and solid and tough. Nothing wrong with that.

36. Josh LeRibeus, G - At this point he's just a guy. If that's what we end up thinking of Spencer Long, LeRibeus might get some run.

35. Andre Roberts, WR - We're looking at the third receiver and main returner and -- surprise veteran cut if all the young pass catchers impress.

34. David Amerson, CB - No DeAngelo Hall means Amerson stays on the field most downs as a nickel corner. That wasn't always a good thing last year.

33. Chris Baker, NT - Arguably the most important defensive backup considering the impact of the position relative to the rest of the overall unit.

32. Ryan Grant, WR - Potential breakout weapon. Not top 25 until confident he plays more than than Roberts.

31. Will Compton, ILB - Are we sure he cant overtake Perry Riley as starter at some point?

30. Kai Forbath, K - Nobody cares until he misses one and someone yells "Zendejas." Probably should be higher, but, you know, "just" a kicker.

29. Tom Compton, OT - Trent Williams injury/Brandon Scherff not ready insurance.

28. Matt Jones, RB - Raise your hand if you're not intrigued about the power-packed runner just maybe turning the backfield into a committee. No hands up? Understood. Let's move on.

27. Ricky Jean-Francois, DE - Whether Jason Hatcher remains healthy or not, expect a rotation with RJF in play.

26. Niles Paul, TE - History suggest Jordan Reed misses time with injury. Paul's early-season production last season indicates he can fill the pass-catching void. His bulked up frame suggests he can now handle himself against bulldozing linebackers.

25. Duke Ihenacho, SS - He'll play lots, but he won't start Week 1, right?

24. DeAngelo Hall, CB - Top 10-15 if healthy, but please nobody use "shutdown" corner term anymore.

23. Spencer Long, G - Would rank higher if convinced the 2014 third-round pick would actually start. Or contribute. Or help. Or...

22. Perry Riley, ILB - Stout run defender, but only ranked 48th out of 60 inside linebackers last season by Better DL play should help Riley rebound.

21. Jordan Reed, TE - The tight ends caught 102 passes last season. Reed (50) had nearly half of that amount despite missing five games due to injury. He's their best option, but should he miss more time, TE production won't dry up.

20. Trent Murphy, OLB - Ranks higher if the Redskins didn't spend a second rounder this year on a better pass rusher at the same position.

19. Preston Smith, OLB - Ranks higher if we knew the Mississippi State rookie receives more snaps than Murphy.

18. Jeron Johnson, SS - We still think he starts Week 1, right?

17. Shawn Lauvao, G - We're not talking Russ Grimm 2.0, but he's the only guard on the roster anybody can feel truly, sort of confident about, in theory.

16. Kirk Cousins, QB - Yes, 16 for the best passing quarterback on the roster. Would rank higher if a true QB competition actually existed so he could win the job. The offensive line wouldn't mind.

15. Robert Griffin III, QB - Best hope for team success involves the other areas carrying the day with RG3 managing the attack rather than the other way around.

14. Alfred Morris, RB - Too low? No knock on Alf, just a belief that the running back position is more plug-and-play than others. Also, that Matt Jones fella looks interesting.

13. Keenan Robinson, ILB - Significant defensive upgrade for two of three units. Linebacker, specifically inside, not so much. Also, it won't be enough for the upgraded line to provide protection. The next wave of tacklers must do their thing.

12. Brandon Scherff, OT - Starting right tackle would rank higher normally. Simply lowering the first round pick a bit because we haven't seen him play at the NFL level.

11. Dashon Goldson, FS - He's not Ryan Clark.

10. Bashaud Breeland, CB - The addition of Chris Culliver improves the secondary. His presence also puts a premium on the other corner because that's where quarterbacks will be throwing. Until Hall's injury situation

9. DeSean Jackson, WR - Bryce Harper might the new home run king in town, but the play-making Jackson delivers plenty of bombs. Play-to-play inconsistency, QB concerns and constant fear of a locker room-rattling tweet lowers his valuable rank.

8. Stephen Paea, DE - If you were wondering where all the defensive line starters were on the list, here we go. If the overall defense makes a dramatic improvement, additions of Paea and Terrance Knighton are main reason why.

7. Pierre Garcon, WR - Jackson is the big play receiver while Garcon is the move-the-chains wide out.

6. Kory Lichtensteiger, C - Don't even think about what happens if me suffers an injury. Seriously, don't.

5. Terrance Knighton, NT - Ignore the numbers and focus on Pot Roast's interior push. If there is enough that two offensive linemen must handle, the defense improves automatically.

4. Jason Hatcher, DE - Signed Hatcher away from the Cowboys following an 11-sack season. Received exactly half that amount in 2014. Yet PFF ranked Hatcher 10th overall among 3-4 ends because he's more than sacks. Washington needs the active version for the overall unit to take off.

3. Chris Culliver, CB - The NFC East includes Odell Beckham Jr. and Dez Bryant. The Redskins face Beckham, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Brandon Marshall and Jordan Matthews before the Week 8 bye. Yes, a top-flight corner is required.

2. Ryan Kerrigan, OLB - Four seasons in and the durable hasn't missed a game. Good thing seeing as Brian Orakpo is gone. The majority of the perimeter pass rush disappears as well should Kerrigan, coming off a career-high 13.5 sacks miss time.

1. Trent Williams, OT - Nobody should be blindsided about the left tackle's importance. Not just the position, but this specific player on this specific suspect line. Stay healthy, Trent. The entire offense and a fan base's sanity is dependant on just that.

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