Could the Redskins draft a receiver?

April, 19, 2013
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Josh Morgan had surgery on his right ankle and both of his hands following his first season with the Washington Redskins, and it's safe to assume the injuries kept him from fulfilling the potential the Redskins imagined when they signed him as a free agent last offseason. Morgan says he's feeling good as the offseason program begins, per CSNWashington.com:
When Morgan was asked in late February about his availability for OTAs, he said it was too early to know if he would participate. On Friday, he said he's encouraged enough by his progress to consider full participation a realistic goal.

“I believe so,” he said, asked if he expects to be ready. “I’m aiming to be, honestly. Even though I’m not 100-percent right now, I want to get out there with my teammates because that’s the only way I’m going to get it out of my head that I just had surgery in February. I have to stop thinking about it. That’s the only way I’m going to get my technique back, really get my strength and takeoff back.”

Morgan added: “The motion in my ankle is great. It’s all about getting the strength back in my leg. Once I do that, I’ll be 100 percent.”


Still, the issue with Morgan throughout his career has been health, and nothing about the Redskins' experience with him so far leads them to believe that will stop being an issue. When he's on the field, Morgan is an asset -- a big-bodied receiver and willing blocker who helps in the run game as well as the passing game. But he's also one of many question marks at receiver that make you wonder whether the Redskins will look to draft another weapon next week for quarterback Robert Griffin III:

  • Top receiver Pierre Garcon was a clear difference-maker when he was on the field last year, but he was still playing through a foot injury that everyone says requires a surgery he doesn't want to have. Can they count on him to be fully healthy and productive for 16 games?
  • Leonard Hankerson enters his third season in the league, and while a significant injury ended his rookie season and he likely isn't as far along as a lot of third-year wide receivers often are, he's going to have to show more than he has to this point if he's to emerge as a potential building block in the passing game.
  • Aldrick Robinson was on the end of some memorable big plays, but he caught only 11 passes last year and obviously has more to prove.
  • Santana Moss turns 34 in June.
  • Tight end Fred Davis is coming off an Achilles injury and one failed drug test away from being suspended for a full year. Logan Paulsen filled in last year when Davis got hurt, but he's not a major factor as a receiver the way Davis has shown he can be.

Add all of that up, along with Morgan, and you have a somewhat fragile receiving corps for a quarterback who himself is rehabbing from January knee surgery. So while the most obvious and sensible move for the Redskins once they start picking late in the second round of this year's draft is to address the significant needs at safety and cornerback, it's not crazy to think they might look to add a new weapon for Griffin. It might not be anyone you know, and if it's someone who gets picked in the second, third or fourth round it's likely to be someone who'll require time to develop. But while defense is the most obvious area of need for the Redskins and they like the receivers on their roster, they have enough question marks on offense to at least keep receiver or tight end somewhere in their draft plans.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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