The Washington Redskins have plenty of work to do to fix their offense. Their quarterback situation is a train wreck with the possibility that John Beck could be the guy to lead the offense. Donovan McNabb is still under contract and Rex Grossman remains a possibility to stick around as well. The running game was decent last season when Ryan Torian could stay healthy but that has been a problem. Coach Mike Shanahan likes his pet projects at the running back spot so that is wide open situation depending on the draft. The receivers lack any true play makers with a bunch of random players and Santana Moss likely to be gone via free agency. There was plenty of work to do in this draft for the Redskins and I will break it down on this edition of the fantasy recap.
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Round 3 (79th Overall) - Leonard Hankerson - WR
Hankerson is a potential #1 receiver which was a nice pick in the third round. He is only real weakness is that lacks top end speed but does possess some nice quickness getting out of breaks. Hankerson has good hands, ability to go up high for tough catches and is a solid route runner. Depending on who will be throwing him the ball, he could be instant fantasy contributor.
Round 4 (105th Overall) - Roy Helu - RB
Helu does fit the Shanahan running system perfectly. He is a true one-cut runner and is a well-rounded running back. There is some concern that he will not hold up on an every down basis so it will be interesting to see how things shake out. Helu could be instant contributor or cut in training camp under the erratic Shanahan (think Tatum Bell).
Round 5 (155th Overall) - Niles Paul -WR
Paul is a nice sized physical receiver. He has some nice ball skills and get do some things after he makes the catch. Paul still needs plenty of work on his route running as though skills are way below average right now. His college offense was not proto-typical so maybe getting some real coaching in the NFL will help him improve. The wide-open receiver position could allow him to produce some his rookie season but likely is a project.
Round 6 (177th Overall) - Evan Royster - RB
Royster had a very disappointing senior season at Penn St after he was highly productive the previous seasons. Royster does a nice job finding the holes and does the small things well but his speed his sub-par at best. You never know though how the running back situation will work out so can't completely count him out.
Round 6 (178th Overall) - Aldrick Robinson - WR
Robinson is out the June Jones system at SMU. He is undersized but has great quickness and hands. Robinson could be an effective slot receiver but lacks straight away speed. He is not afraid to go over the middle so could have some ppr value.
The Washington Redskins used plenty of picks to address both the running back and wide receiver positions. Helu and Royster should add depth and some starter option with Helu as my pick to have more of an impact. Hankerson, Paul and Robinson will all be up for a chance of instant impact with no real proven receivers coming back. Hankerson could become a true #1 receiver. The quarterback position is still a huge question as not even a developmental player was even taken. This offense would be in better hands with Grossman than Beck but look for another quarterback to enter the mix. None of the quarterbacks were worth the reach in the draft so it remains to be seen where things go in 2011.
Grade = B
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