In a desperate attempt to keep pace with the news coming out of the Capitals headquarters, the Redskins have signed superstars WR/RS Brandon Banks, WR Shay Hodge, DB Melvin Stephenson.
Okay, these guys are all free agent signees who didn't draw a ton of interest from other clubs. Banks is the most intriguing, with his 4.25 speed. The problem [and you knew that was coming] is that he's 5'7" and weighs about 150 pounds. Obviously, you could only use this guy as a returner and I wonder if he could even handle that job. He got hit plenty in college at Kansas State, but the players are bigger and faster in the NFL so the hits are correspondingly more painful.
Hodge is a 6'1" 207-pound wideout from Ole Miss who caught 70 passes for 1135 yards [16.2] and 8 TD last year. He's not terribly fast [4.5 to over 4.6 in the 40] and was regarded in college as a guy who runs poor routes and drops a lot of passes. In other words, he's a flawed player and that's why he wasn't drafted.
Melvin Stephenson is a defensive back who worked out with the Redskins earlier this month. He wasn't invited to the combine, though he did reasonably well in his Pro Day, running a 4.45 in the 40. He's small, though [about 5'9" and 190 pounds] and basically a long shot to ever play for the Redskins. Washington does have major depth issues at cornerback, but Stephenson is very unlikely to solve them. Washington really needs Justin Tryon to become a solid and dependable NFL player in his 3rd NFL season.