The top need the Redskins need to address is the center position. Starter Kory Lichtensteiger has been effective at times, but too often his size (weighing in at 296 lbs.) allows him to be overpowered by larger defensive linemen. His back-up, Josh LeRibeus, struggled when called upon last year, making the center position the biggest need on the roster.
Where to Find: There may be one already on the roster depending on the development of 2015 7th round pick Austin Reiter, but if he’s not ready the Redskins should search the free agent market for a veteran who fits the new ground and pound mindset.
Veteran Running Back
Running Back is not a pressing need for the Redskins as they resigned Chris Thompson and drafted Matt Jones last year in the third round. However, every running back on the roster is young and inexperienced. A veteran presence can help guide the youthful backfield and help them learn the nuances of the game.
Where to Find: Pierre Thomas contributed well late last season and is a strong candidate to return. If not, GM Scot McCloughan will be sure to scan the waiver wire for that veteran presence.
True Nose Tackle
Many projected the Redskins to address the D-line in the draft to help replace the departures of Terrance Knighton and Jason Hatcher. While the Redskins did draft Matt Ioannidis in the fifth round who fits their non-traditional 3-4 with a one gap scheme, it is important to have a big bodied 300 pounder to eat up blocks and stop the run.
Where to Find: Look for the Redskins to sign a Nose Tackle to a veteran’s minimum type deal. While this won’t guarantee a spot on the team, it will allow Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry to experiment with different looks in the off-season as the player competes for a roster spot.
Honorable Mention: Special Teamers
The Redskins special teams were a weak spot last year ranking near the bottom of the league. While the additions of Greg Toler and David Bruton should help, you can never have too many special teamers to help round out the roster.
Where to Find: The practice squad can be a useful place to store players who can contribute on special teams as they continue to develop.