End of the year on the High School level means handing out superlatives. With the Redskins putting a pin with their offseason activities, we're giving out various Burgundy and Gold superlatives based on the team reconvening in Richmond for the start of training camp on July 28.
Category: Most likely top needs entering 2017
Offense: Center. Want to give Kory Lichtensteiger a pass for uneven if not subpar play because of injuries or kindness, rock on. The Redskins were concerned enough to reportedly consider drafting Alabama center Ryan Kelly in round one if available so that should suggest something about how the franchise views the position. Even *IF* Lichtensteiger finds solid footing in 2016, he'll be 32 entering next season. The Redskins are clearly seeking alternatives now by using Spencer Long at center even though the left guard spot where Long impressed late last season remains unsettled. If Long emerges at center - or Josh LeRibeus improves significantly -- and Arie Kouandjio shows enough at left guard, perhaps the Redskins think they're good. Again, focus on "if."
Defense: Linemen. We spent all offseason pondering which ends the Redskins might sign in free agency and sorted through the power-packed tackle Washington could target in the first or second round. Never happened. They signed a Kendall Reyes and drafted a Matt Ioannidis, but the Redskins never made the big splashy move up front. That might be fine in 2016 if defensive coordintor can piece together a qualty rotation seeing as the Redskins might be stacked at edge rusher and cornerback. Yet NFL battles are won in the trenches and Washington must eventually find its next stalwarts. That Chris Baker becomes a free agent next offseason adds to the urgency as does the lack of overt up-and-coming talent. Expect plenty of more draft discussions next April.
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