The Washington Redskins have one of the most exciting receiving corps in the league.
Washington’s receivers are getting younger, faster and healthier, and the secondary is finally improving.
The team will be facing some of the biggest questions of the season as it heads into Week 16.
But, with one of its best wideouts in D.O.J., and one of their best safeties in Morgan Moses, Washington could be in the mix for a top-four spot in the NFL.
Here are five reasons why the Redskins should be considered one of a handful of teams to make a run at the No. 1 overall pick.
They’re loaded with young talent The Redskins are loaded with talent at the receiver position.
They have a pair of top-15 picks in DeSean Jackson and Allen Robinson, and a second-round pick in Mike Evans in this year’s draft.
The Redskins also have an emerging star in Washington State receiver Josh Doctson, who has been on fire with his routes and is poised to make an immediate impact.
And they have a star at cornerback in Chris Culliver.
The defensive front of the Washington Redskins is loaded with potential.
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Their depth at the wide receiver position is starting to look shaky Kirk Cousins has a loaded receiving corps, but the depth at that position has been somewhat of a question mark.
The biggest question mark will be at the cornerback position, where there is uncertainty with the emergence of Bashaud Breeland and Bashaud Walker.
With Breeland, Walker and Walker Jr. at the position, Washington has a strong front seven that could give Cousins a good chance to win a division title.
With safety Bashaud Blair, they have the most talent at that spot.
They also have one top-20 pick in this draft, a defensive tackle in Chris Jones and a running back in Isaiah Crowell.
They could use a star there, too.
The offensive line is a question Mark Glowinski/USA Today Sports 4.
The backfield has been an issue The Redskins have struggled to run the ball, and they haven’t had much success at that level this year.
This year, Washington ranked 26th in rushing offense and 21st in rushing defense.
But with some help at the running back position, the Redskins could turn things around.
Washington has one of America’s best young backs in Matt Jones, a redshirt freshman who could be an explosive playmaker at the next level.
But the team has yet to develop a true starter at quarterback, and Kirk Cousins is expected to miss time with a back injury.
With all that said, Washington still has some talent on offense, including DeAngelo Williams, who could become a franchise player.
They’ve also got an underrated talent at tight end, a position that needs to improve.
Washington is loaded in this spot, too, with Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, Jordan Reed and Zach Ertz.
And even if Washington misses time with injuries, they still have a number of other young offensive weapons.
They’ll need to find the right balance between those players and Cousins.
Their defense is improving A lot of people think Washington’s defense is in shambles.
And while that may be the case, the unit has actually gotten better in recent weeks.
Kirk Cousins might not be 100 percent healthy this year, but he has the talent to win championships.
He has the pieces to be one of those elite defensive coordinators.
And Washington’s front seven has been one of football’s best, which is something that hasn’t been true for a while.
Washington should have a chance to finish as one of four teams to finish the season with the No