CSN's draft board: Wide receiver

CSN's draft board: Wide receiver
April 21, 2013, 8:00 am
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Since Monday, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir has examined the Redskins’ depth chart and evaluated potential needs in the upcoming draft, ranking them in order from least to most important. He's also taking a look at the prospects who could be a fit. 

No. 4:

Wide receiver

Current depth chart:

Pierre Garçon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, Dezmon Briscoe, Darius Hanks


Do the Redskins need more weapons at wide receiver?

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks so – and we tend to agree.

“I think you can get a quality receiver at [No. 51], and you cannot support your quarterback enough,” Mayock said Thursday on a conference call with reporters. “You put a lot of money and a lot of draft picks into your quarterback.”

In fact, the closer you look at the Redskins’ receiving corps, the more questions you’ll find.

Pierre Garçon caught 44 passes for 633 yards in 2012, but he missed six games with a foot injury that, the 26-year-old recently revealed, still hasn’t completely healed.

Josh Morgan told CSNWashington.com on Friday that he’s still recovering from surgeries on his right ankle and both hands. Morgan does, however, anticipate returning to full health by training camp.

Santana Moss thrived in a reduced role last season, but he’ll be 34 in June. Leonard Hankerson, meantime, had his best season but still has work to do, particularly in the consistency dept.

Aldrick Robinson has speed to spare, but after catching touchdown passes against the Eagles and Dallas in consecutive weeks was not targeted in the team’s final six games.

Another player who has flashed potential is 23-year-old Dezmon Briscoe. He suited up for six games, but only caught two passes for 22 yards (on five targets). He’s got size (6-2, 210 pounds) and youth on his side, but he’ll need a strong offseason. 

With all that uncertainty, it would seem likely that Mike Shanahan will at least consider drafting a wide receiver. Toss in the likelihood that Robert Griffin III will be looking to pass more and run less in 2013, and the probability seems to increase. 

Three early-round prospect possibilities:

  • Terrance Williams, Baylor

A deep threat with good body control and speed for a 6-2, 208-pound receiver, Williams hauled in 97 passes for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. In 2011, he caught 59 passes, including 11 touchdowns, from former teammate RG3.

  • Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

Like Williams, Patton is projected to be taken in the second round, so the Redskins would have to take him at No. 51. Patton (6-0, 204) caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Bulldogs in 2012.

  • Robert Woods, USC

If Woods still is on the board when Washington picks (seems doubtful), the Trojan star would be tempting despite the team’s obvious needs in the defensive backfield. Woods (6-1, 201-pounds) also returns punts and kicks.