Washington Redskins: Why drafting an offensive tackle is biggest need

The Washington Redskins have made a splash in free agency this off-season. The Redskins were able to address their skill position problem by making the biggest move of the off-season in signing DeSean Jackson after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as former Arizona Cardinals wideout Andre Roberts. The team also addressed major defensive concerns by resigning LB Brian Orakpo, CB DeAngelo Hall and signing veteran FS Ryan Clark.

But the one position that the Redskins have yet to address is at right offensive tackle. The Redskins’ offensive line has the pieces to be one of the more solid units in the league, but one bad apple seems to be spoiling the bunch. Pro-Bowl left tackle Trent Williams is considered one of the best players at his position in the league. The signing of Shawn Lauvao, a veteran from Cleveland who started 44 of 53 games, makes the Redskins are solid on the left side. On the right side of the line however, the confidence is not as high.

Right tackle Tyler Polumbus has been the whipping boy of the offensive line and blamed greatly for the team’s 44 sacks, but some may attribute those sacks to Robert Griffin III’s lack of pocket presence. Chris Chester at right guard has started every game the last three seasons for the Redskins and has been instrumental in a Redskins run game that has seen Alfred Morris rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back years.

The Redskins don’t have a first round pick, so obtaining one of the top tackles such as Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews is out of the question barring one of those crazy draft day trades. Luckily for the Redskins though, this year’s draft is deep with quality tackles.

The Redskins have the 34th overall pick and with many of the highly touted tackles off the  board, it may be a former hometown kid that could be the Redskins’ pick.

Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama at one point in this draft process would have been the No. 1 tackle on many teams’ boards, but following a less than impressive combine and medical reports of a shaky knee, the former Dematha star may be the ultimate hometown discount.

If the Redskins find Kouandijo too much of a risk, they can wait later rounds to draft a solid tackle. Jack Mewhort of Ohio State played left tackle in college, but his versatility makes many believe his game at the next level could be more suited for the right tackle position.

A mid-major sleeper that the Redskins could also look to draft at the tackle position is Billy Turner of North Dakota State. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle is a raw power that hasn’t been tested at an elite level. On the second day of the draft, he’s an intriguing pick for the Redskins.