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Scouts, Inc. : What each NFC East Team Needs


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Well, since we can post excerpts of articles, here's the Skins portion of the article. Link is on the top of the page. Pretty standard stuff we already know. The only thing I would say is that I believe they underrated our starting DTs drastically, especially Griffin and I think they're wrong about Dockery. I believe he has developed into a quality starter at this point in his career.

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Linebacker: Warrick Holdman is an unrestricted free agent and it came as no surprise when Washington made LaVar Arrington a cap casualty. Although Holdman has yet to sign with another team, he turns 31 this year, has had some problems staying healthy and lost the starting job to Arrington last year. If he re-signs, he will have to compete for the starting job opposite Marcus Washington. In addition, free-agent signing Andre Carter lacks ideal cover skills and should see more playing time at defensive end than at linebacker. The good news is Washington can draft the best available linebacker when it goes to fill this need because Lemar Marshall can play on the inside or the outside.

ThomasGuard: Randy Thomas is a powerful run blocker who can drive defenders off the ball and shows good range when asked to pull. He can also hold his own in pass protection, but the 30-year-old is coming off a season-ending knee injury. Though Derrick Dockery plays with a mean streak and shows good power at the point of attack, he isn't fundamentally sound and shouldn't be an every-down player at this point. In addition, No. 3 Ray Brown has retired and Washington is the third stop in three seasons for free-agent signing Mike Pucillo. Signing Pucillo improves depth, but the Redskins need an offensive guard who has the tools to push Dockery for playing time.

Defensive tackle: Cornelius Griffin is explosive when he is fresh and Joe Salave'a is a technician who plays hard on every down, but Griffin tends to wear down over the course of the game and Saleve'a lacks ideal natural ability. With Washington making Brandon Noble a cap casualty, there isn't great depth here either. The Redskins need a defensive tackle who has the size, burst and athletic ability to take over as the starter opposite Griffin. That would allow Saleve'a to move into a reserve role where he would provide quality depth.

Cornerback: Shawn Springs possesses excellent man-to-man cover skills and Carlos Rogers should only get better in his second season in the league. However, Springs turns 32 this year and depth is an issue. (Washington made Walt Harris a cap casualty and he has since signed with San Francisco.) The Redskins need a corner who can immediately replace Harris as the nickel back and has the potential to replace Springs when the time cones for him to step down.

CarterDefensive end: The hope is the addition of Carter, who has been a difference-maker in the past, jump starts the pass rush. However, this remains a need. Although Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn are blue-collar players who are relentless in pursuit, both are on the downside of their careers. It's also unlikely either unrestricted free agent Demetric Evans or Nic Clemons ever develops into an every-down player. Washington needs to infuse some youth and add a developmental prospect who has the initial burst to push for immediate playing time on passing downs.

Other options: Offensive tackle and place-kicker

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