Check out just any NFL mock draft and you'll see a defensive player projected for the Washington Redskins. There's a reason for that. Needs at defensive line, linebacker and the secondary are real. However, the offense could you use some first round help as well.
The center position was a weakness to vary degrees throughout 2015 and not just when Josh LeRibeus took over for the injured Kory Lichtensteiger. Alabama's Ryan Kelly projects as a longtime starter in the NFL and a possible selection as early as 18 to Indianapolis. Stout offensive lines help an overall offensively immensely and adding center prospect with Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses and Trent Williams would put Washington's on a path toward possible dominance. Kelly's NFL.com draft profile describes him as a "heady player with tons of grit and fight." That sounds like someone general manager Scot McCloughan would love with the 21st overall pick.
DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are back for 2016 but neither is under contract for 2017. Even with that potent duo and Jamison Crowder, the wide receiver unit isn't the tallest. TCU's Josh Doctson offers sure hands, quality speed and productivity in a 6-foot-4 frame. If the Redskins pass, there's a good chance Doctson doesn't make it past the Texans at 22, Vikings at 23 or Bengals at 24. Ole Miss standout Laquon Treadwell didn't figure as a first round option for Washington, but the 6-foot-3 target could slip after running an uninspiring 40-time at his pro day.
If we extend the offensive thoughts to the second round, running back comes into play, though Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott available at 21 could change the plan. Alabama's rugged runner Derrick Henry and Louisiana Tech's all-around threat Kenneth Dixon could provide Matt Jones a needed tag-team partner while providing Washington with injury insurance.
That is, unless the Redskins go defense-defense, of course.
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