Friday, April 26, 2013
Redskins go offense, pick TE Jordan Reed
By Dan Graziano
The Washington Redskins addressed their biggest need with their first pick of this year's NFL draft, taking cornerback David Amerson when their turn finally came around in the second round. Their needs in the secondary are significant enough that many thought they'd go with a safety in the third round. But the reason the Redskins didn't have a first-round pick this year (and don't have one next year either) is the trade they made last year for quarterback Robert Griffin III. And when you have a franchise quarterback, you like to give him as many weapons as possible. So the Redskins used their third-round pick (85th overall) Friday night on a pass-catching tight end, Jordan Reed of Florida.
The book on Reed is that he's an excellent pure athlete with big-play pass-catching ability but not a blocker at all. This, to my mind, addresses those who asked if the Redskins would take a wide receiver at some point. They didn't, but with this pick they did add another receiving option and a possible hedge against Fred Davis' health and/or eventual departure. I don't think this means much for Logan Paulsen or Niles Paul, either, as Reed isn't likely to be asked to do the tight end dirty work those guys do in the Redskins' offense.
The complaint appears to be that he doesn't play safety, and the Redskins really don't have anyone to play free safety right now (or any cap room with which to get someone). But we've been hearing for a while now that safety is one of the deepest positions in this year's draft, and guys who were being talked about as potential second-round choices for Washington -- guys like Shamarko Thomas, Phillip Thomas, Baccarri Rambo and Duke Williams -- remain on the board as you read this, and it appears the Redskins will still be able to get a safety who can at least compete for that job. Don't worry yet.