Offseason team needs: Redskins

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Before we get started, I assume the color-coded chart above is fairly self-explanatory? The redder the position, the bigger the need. The greener, the lesser the need? And later we'll even see some yellows on the defense! Good? OK, good.

One of my favorite posts ever was written by Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog. After the Skins benched Rex Grossman during the season, Dan took a look back at the Skins' starting QB's since 2000:

Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Jeff George, Jeff George, Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Jeff George, Brad Johnson.

Jeff George, Jeff George, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks.

Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel, Danny Wuerffel, Danny Wuerffel, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey.

Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck.

Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey.

Patrick Ramsey, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell.

Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell.

Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Todd Collins, Todd Collins.

Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell.

Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell.

Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman.

Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman.

John Beck.

The ONLY priority for the Skins this offseason is to fix the QB position, whether that means trading a bundle of picks to move up and select Robert Griffin III out of Baylor, or signing... uh... you know. Or the other guy. Or the combination of the other guy and using a later draft pick on one of the other guys. I think all the scenarios have pretty much all been talked out by now. Whatever route they go, they better be right. Mike Shanahan is entering Year 3 of his tenure, and so far, he only has 11 wins to show for his efforts. If he doesn't start winning... now... or at least show some serious strides with a promising rookie QB in 2012, he may not be around for years 4 and 5. The Skins have to find a way to get a legitimate QB. Everything else is secondary.

With that out of the way, let's review the rest of the Skins' needs:

OFFENSE

OL (almost across the board): I felt that Trent Williams improved quite a bit from Year 1 to Year 2, and can still be a really good LT in the NFL. He's only 23 years old, although an immature 23. There isn't much of a need at LT, in my opinion, at least for now. If there's a guy sitting there at 6 that the Skins' scouts fall in love with, maybe you draft that guy with the intent of moving Williams over to RT? That's the only way I see LT being addressed. The other Skins' offensive lineman that I like as a player is Kory Lichtensteiger. Unfortunately, he tore both his ACL and MCL in a loss to the Eagles in Week 6 last season. If you're the Redskins, you better have a better plan in place than "I hope he's OK by Week 1 next year," which he likely won't be. Expect them to address that spot. Otherwise, free agent Will Montgomery is "just a guy," as is Chris Chester (although a highly paid one), and Jammal Brown is probably done-zo in D.C. The Skins could use help almost across the board here.

WR: I should be clear here. I actually like some of the Skins' receivers, but most teams these days have a stud WR. Some have two. The Skins have a bunch of good role players at WR and even a few starting quality types, but nothing that is going to make opposing defensive coordinators lose sleep. They need that guy that can be the centerpiece, with the existing mix of polished vets (Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney) and youth with upside (Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul) as surrounding pieces.

DEFENSE

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CB: The Skins, in my opinion, would be crazy not to rid themselves of DeAngelo Hall's terrible contract (2012: $6 million, 2013: $7.5 million, 2014: $9 million), as they can do so with little cap repercussions. I see the Skins' corner situation more as an "opportunity" and than a true "need." There are plenty of corners available in free agency this season, from Brandon Carr to Brent Grimes to Cortland Finnegan. They have a chance to upgrade that spot while actually shedding dollars off their cap.

S: With the Skins likely to use the franchise tag on TE Fred Davis, LaRon Landry will probably be heading elsewhere in 2012. I remember back in the preseason, I kept seeing the same guy around the ball over and over again. Turns out that guy was DeJon Gomes. Unfortunately, Gomes struggled in the meaningful games when he had opportunities in 2011. I'm not sure he's the answer to step right in as a starter, and I know for sure that Reed Doughty isn't the answer. The potential loss of Landry opens up a gaping hole at safety, and one they're used to, as Landry hasn't been able to stay on the field. On the other side, Oshiomogho Atogwe still has some skills, but he's aging, often banged up, and in decline.

ILB: If the Skins can re-sign London Fletcher, one spot is filled for the next couple years, but the Skins still probably need to fill in some youth behind the soon-to-be 37 year old great. If Fletcher bolts, ILB becomes a gaping hole. The Skins benched Rocky McIntosh in-season, and Perry Riley played well enough to get a shot at starting in 2012. Not to mention, there was this report about Rocky:

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No word on if Rocky also used Ferris Bueller-esque snoring sounds on his stereo.

Keyaron Fox is decent in terms of depth, but he's a free agent. They'll need to either re-sign Fox, or bring in another piece for depth.

DE: I gave it a yellow, but there's not much of need here. Just worth noting that Adam Carriker is a free agent. The Skins are set with Stephen Bowen on the other side. They'll also have 2011 2nd round pick Jarvis Jenkins returning from injury this season.

You can follow Jimmy on twitter: @Jimmy_Beast

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