With the 2013 NFL Draft only three days away, the Washington Redskins have some very clear areas of weakness and some very clear strengths. In order to get an accurate feel for those strong points and weak points, we've drawn up a depth chart for the 'Skins entering the draft.
The chart is color-coded. Those in blue are solid contributors who are worthy of the roles they currently play. Those in green could be upgraded upon or are still question marks. And those in red must either be replaced or demoted.
There are 55 names on the above chart, but the suspended Tanard Jackson won't be reinstated until Aug. 31 at the earliest, and it's safe to assume they won't keep four quarterbacks, so Rex Grossman or Pat White will be cut if Kirk Cousins isn't traded.
Beyond that, they'll have to cut a few more of these guys to make room for draft picks. The ideal candidates are Crawford and/or Minnfield, Gomes, Doughty and Pugh as the 'Skins look to give the secondary a makeover.
And if they draft an offensive tackle, look for one or more of those red-stricken right tackles to get the boot.
They could also use some depth at wide receiver, but that's not an urgent need at all. The focus has to remain on the secondary.
All in all, there are more blue squares and fewer red squares on this chart than any of the other three teams in the NFC East. That's why it's no surprise that this Washington team was able to win the NFC East in 2012, and it's why they are the early favorite to win the division in 2013.
That's how things look right now, but they're about to change. As soon as the draft is complete, we'll be back with an updated version of what you see above.
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