2012 Team Outlook: Washington
RB Keiland Williams, --- - Low Potential
WR Pierre Garcon, SF - Solid/Safe Pick
Garcon amazingly nearly totaled 1,000 yards in the dreadful Colts offense last season. The Redskns paid a steep cost to land the free agent, who now must prove his skills translate into the number one target role. Despite his real life price tag and run after the catch skills, learning a new system and a rookie quarterback makes Garcon no lock for WR2 status. However, he's also the only Redskins receiver with a seemingly defined role. Let's split the difference and call him a high-end WR3 with a chance for more.
WR Leonard Hankerson, --- - Sleeper (undervalued)
What a tease. The third-round rookie last went catch-less until Week 7 then two games later flashed his playmaking ability with 8 receptions for 106 yards. However, the 6-foot-2 target injured his hip in the same game and his season was over. Now the red-zone threat is looking like a potential starter opposite Pierre Garcon or at least a significant member in three-WR sets. Hankerson is a true sleeper with greater value in non-PPR or TD-heavy leagues.
WR Josh Morgan, --- - Gamble (high risk)
Part of the Redskins' receiver overhaul plan involved adding the speedy Morgan. Injured much of last season, his numbers suffered in the 49ers' run-heavy attack. Morgan could vie for the starting role opposite Pierre Garcon - or wind up as the fourth WR and return specialist. Interesting, but risky potential.
WR Santana Moss, --- - Sleeper (undervalued)
At one point this offseason - after the Redskins dumped Jabar Gaffney and signed two free agents - Moss looked like the next wide receiver to go. Instead the 33-year-old showed up at OTAs having lost 15 pounds and left it with praise from the coaching staff. He averaged only 49 receiving yards last season and playing time could be limited going forward should Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan shine during camp. However, the more time passes, the more likely Moss sticks, both on the roster and in the starting lineup. As long as the shifty target remains overlooked, he makes for a nice value play in later rounds.
TE Niles Paul, WAS - Low Potential
Drafted out of Nebraska in 2011 as a wide receiver, the lanky speedster is transitioning to tight end for his sophomore campaign in the NFL. Apparently the Redskins are confident enough with what they're seeing, seeing as they released veteran Chris Cooley heading into the preseason finale. Fred Davis is the outright starter and blocking TE Logan Paulsen will pick up snaps, making Paul undraftable. However look for him to be used as a receiver and even as a kick returner. Should Davis miss time, Paul would make for a sneaky, but risky play.
TE Chris Cooley, --- - Over the Hill (decreased production)
Could Chris Cooley revert to his 2010 production of 77 receptions and 849 yards? Maybe, but not likely. He's missed significant time with injuries in two of the past three seasons - and has fallen way behind Fred Davis on the depth chart. If Cooley avoids becoming a salary cap casualty, he's worth monitoring, but not targeting.