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BEST FIT: T Brandon Scherff, Iowa
Most draft experts have a pass rusher such as Clemson's Vic Beasley, Florida's Dante Fowler or Missouri's Shane Ray going to Washington fifth overall. However, the Redskins drafted 2013 sacks leader Trent Murphy with its top choice (second round) in 2014 and new general manager Scot McCloughan has yet to add a quality offensive player for coach Jay Gruden's preferred side of the ball where the powerful 6-foot-5, 319-pound Scherff could fill the void at right tackle but also has the potential to start at guard.
1. Offensive line: The Redskins allowed a boatload of sacks the last two years. Left tackle Trent Williams is the only sure thing among the veteran-laden group although center Kory Lichtensteiger is another likely keeper as new line coach Bill Callahan tries to bulk up his unit. Veteran guards Chris Chester and Shawn Lauvao didn't play well in 2014 while 2012 draft pick Josh LeRibeus has done little and 2014 selection Spencer Long is untested. Washington re-signed right tackle Tom Compton, a starter for the second half of last season, before the potential restricted free agent could test the market.
Offensive linemen visits: 2, no workouts
Jamon Brown, T, Louisville (PV)
Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M (PV)
2. Pass rusher: Trent Murphy led the nation with 15 in sacks in 2013, but the 2014 second-round draft choice had just 2.5 while starting the final nine games of his rookie year after Brian Orakpo was injured. So the Redskins are looking to add another guy to get after the quarterback, especially with sacks leader Ryan Kerrigan due to be a free agent in 2016.
Defensive end/outside linebacker visits: 3, no workouts
Vic Beasley, DE/OLB/, Clemson (PV)
Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida (PV)
Andrew Hudson, DE, Washington (PV)
3. Wide receiver: Andre Roberts had a disappointing Redskins debut with just 36 catches as the No. 3 receiver and lackluster production on returns. Washington has an unsettled quarterback situation and could still use help at safety despite adding Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson, but coach Jay Gruden would love another productive receiver to play with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
Wide receiver visits: 1 potential WR, no workouts
Vince Mayle, FB/WR, Washington State (PV)
OTHER VISITS: 5, including two QBs, 3 DL and 1 workout
Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State (PV)
Dexter McDonald, CB, Kansas (PV)
Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC (PV)
Darius Kilgo, DT, Maryland (PV)
Joey Mbu, DT, Houston (WO)
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
S Brandon Meriweather was either injured or suspended for illegal hits more often than he played well the past three seasons. It's doubtful that new coordinator Joe Barry or new defensive backs coach Perry Fewell are interested in a 31 year old with a bad reputation and just three picks for Washington.
WR Santana Moss achieved more as a Washington receiver than anyone except the underrated Gary Clark and Hall of Famers Art Monk and Charley Taylor, but Moss will be 36 in June, was a backup the past three seasons and he caught just 10 balls in 10 games in 2014. His time is probably up in the NFL.
NT Chris Neild had two sacks as a rookie backup in 2011 but he missed 2012 and 2014 with torn ACLs. If the new defensive staff wants a hard worker, he fits, but Neild is damaged goods.
T Tyler Polumbus was decent as a fill-in for injured right tackle Jammal Brown during Washington's NFC East championship season of 2012. However, Polumbus' play deteriorated after that, especially in pass protection. He was benched at mid-season of 2014 in favor of the untested Tom Compton and won't be back.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
G Rishaw Johnson was with six organizations the past three seasons but his only action was three games with Kansas City in 2013. He signed with the Redskins last December so head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay must like him enough to want to bring him to camp. That is unless Johnson was a favorite of former offensive line coach Chris Foerster.
RB Chris Thompson is just 5-foot-7 and he has been injury-prone, but he's very quick. Head coach Jay Gruden liked Thompson enough to keep the Mike Shanahan draft pick over one of his own, Lache Seastrunk, last summer. With Roy Helu Jr. gone, Thompson could be Washington's third-down back.
K Kai Forbath: RFA tendered at $1.542M with no compensation; $1.542M/1 yr.
S Duke Ihenacho: Potential ERFA; $680,000/1 yr.
QB Colt McCoy: UFA; $1.5M/1 yr, $150,000 SB.
T Niles Paul: Potential UFA; $6M/3 yrs, $1M SB/$2.25M guaranteed.
S Trenton Robinson: ERFA; terms unknown.
CB Justin Rogers: Not tendered as RFA; terms unknown.
CB Chris Culliver: UFA 49ers; $32M/4 yrs, $5M SB/$16M guaranteed.
S Dashon Goldson (trade Buccaneers).
RB Michael Hill: FA Colts; terms unknown.
DE Ricky Jean Francois: FA Colts; $9M/3 yrs, $4M guaranteed.
S Jeron Johnson: UFA Seahawks; $3.5M/2 yrs.
DT Terrance Knighton: UFA Broncos; $4M/1 yr, $2M SB/$2.95M guaranteed.
T Xavier Nixon (waivers Colts).
DT Stephen Paea: UFA Bears; $21M/4 yrs, $5M SB/$7.85M guaranteed.
CB E.J. Biggers: UFA Eagles; $745,000/1 yr.
DE Stephen Bowen (released).
S Ryan Clark (UFA/retired).
NT Barry Cofield (released/failed physical).
WR Leonard Hankerson: UFA Falcons; $1M/1 yr, $255,000 SB.
RB Roy Helu: UFA Raiders; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
DE Jarvis Jenkins: UFA Bears; 1 yr, terms unknown.
OLB Brian Orakpo: UFA Titans; $31M/4 yrs, $5 SB/$13.5M guaranteed.