Robert Griffin III is expected to be taken by the Redskins with the second pick in the NFL Draft.
Robert Griffin III is expected to be taken by the Redskins with the second pick in the NFL Draft. Reuters

The Redskins are one of the few teams that won't be facing any tough decisions on the first day of the NFL Draft.

Washington's first pick was decided a month ago when they traded multiple selections to the Rams for the number two overall pick. The Redskins made the deal with the intention of taking Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

They have been without a franchise quarterback since losing Joe Theismann in 1985. Griffin will replace the combination of Rex Grossman and John Beck that started last year for the worst team in the NFC East.

The Redskins certainly have plenty of weaknesses. They won just two of their final 12 games in 2011, and didn't excel in any part of the game. Washington is hoping that the selection of Griffin will be the start of a new era, one that leads them to their first Super Bowl in over 20 years.

Without a second round pick, the Redskins will have to get creative after they select Griffin. Here are Washington's biggest needs heading into the draft, as well as some players they might target.

Offensive Line

The Redskins top priority will be putting RG III in a position to succeed right away. In order for Griffin to find success early in his NFL career, Washington must be able to protect the young quarterback. Look for the Redskins to select an offensive lineman at number 69 overall, the team's first pick after the first round.

Washington needs depth at offensive line since they have multiple question marks at the position. Right tackle Jammal Brown has missed 21 games over the past three seasons due to injury. Trent Williams is a good left tackle, but missed the last quarter of 2011 because of a drug suspension.

Donald Stephenson from Oklahoma is a candidate to go to Washington in the third round. Kelechi Osemele from Iowa State and Illinois' Jeff Allen are also options for the Redskins at 69.


Washington had good starting linebackers in 2011. London Fletcher made it to another Pro Bowl, and Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan played well on the outside.

Despite the good play the Redskins received at the position, they have very little depth. They lack solid backups, and Fletcher is not getting any younger. He's 37 years old, and Washington can't expect him to play at an elite level for much longer.

If the Redskins decide to take a linebacker with their third round pick, James-Michael Johnson from Nevada could be their guy. If Washington waits until their third pick at 102, Terrell Manning from NC State or Keenan Robinson out of Texas is a more likely pick.