Redskins draft radar: TE Ladarius Green

Redskins draft radar: TE Ladarius Green
April 18, 2012, 9:14 pm
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The Redskins 2012 draft will rise or fall based on the success of their picks in the third and fourth rounds. They are getting their quarterback of the future with their top pick, they traded away their second rounder, and anything you can get from the fifth round on is gravy. Those middle-round picks will be important, especially since the team is without its first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.

Between now and the draft, were going to identify some of the players who the Redskins might target when they come on the clock for those three picks (one in the third and two in the fourth). Today, we look at Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green. See the bottom of the page for a list of those previously featured.Ladarius Green
HeightWeight: 6-5 34,238 lb40 time: 4.47Best attributes: Size, downfield speed
Needs to work on: Strength, playing on big stageAt this moment, tight end is the strongest position on offense, maybe the entire team. That's at this moment. Should the salary cap wizards come looking for a cost-cutting scenario, Chris Cooley could be sent packing either before this season or 2013. Fred Davis is one failed drug test away from a one-year suspension. With those two, the Redskins passing attack has weapons. Without those two, the Redskins have the uninspiring Logan Paulsen. Considering the rise in importance of the tight end position in today's NFL, having multiple options is hardly a waste of resources.This draft class is not deep, though three tight ends figure to go in the first two rounds. After that, the optionsoffer moreupside than proven talent, includingGreen, whohauledin 51 catches for 606 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Whatthe downfield optionlacks in high-level experience he makes up for in on-field work, having played significantly since his freshman season. Though still a work in progress when it comes to route running,his combination of imposing size and viable speed has some believing Green could split out wide and offer additional formation flexibility. Averaging 18 yards per catch as a junior helps prove the point. Increasing his number of catches each season adds to the intrigue.Green on Green(on assessing his own strengths and weaknesses)... "My biggest strength is my athletic ability, stretching the field, catching passes and creating mismatches.
Ive still got to work on blocking and being able to put my hand on the ground coming off the ball."SummariesPro Football WeeklyA developmental, small-school tight end lacking the mass needed to factor in the run game. Has upside to be groomed into a receiving threat but is far from a finished product and still has a long ways to go.Wes Bunting, National Football PostHe's a big slot guy who can make plays down the seam and can release off the line. However, he's not an in-line blocker and doesn't play well in tight areas vs. man. He has tools to be productive in the pass game, but there are limitations and you need to be creative to get the most out of him. Previously on Redskins draft radar:CB Dwight Bentley C Ben Jones OL Tony Bergstrom RB Robert Turbin RB Bernard Pierce CB Jayron Hosley C Philip Blake OT Zebrie Sanders OL Lucas Nix CB Chase Minnifield ILB Bobby WagnerBen Standigblogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C. area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter @BenStandig