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DeJon Gomes, a fifth-round pick last year, remains an intriguing prospect, but it’d be tough to dispute Shanahan if he used this year’s third-rounder on a safety.

Running back

Not only do the Redskins need an elite running back, but, as they proved last year, a team can never have enough depth at the position. Remember that Washington barely got through the season-ending loss to Philadelphia. Tim Hightower suffered a season-ending left ACL tear Oct. 24, rookie fourth-rounder Roy Helu had lower body injuries late in the year and sixth-round rookie Evan Royster suffered from full body cramps in the last game.

Hightower is the best of the bunch, but his effectiveness coming off the injury remains uncertain. He is an unsigned free agent. Helu and Royster are capable, but they aren’t complete backs. Helu is best suited to a third-down role, and Royster lacks elite speed. Shanahan might have to wait until next year to acquire a game-breaking back, but expect him to try to strike gold in the late rounds, as he did with Terrell Davis in the sixth round in 1995 in Denver.

Note: Free agent linebacker Bryan Kehl signed with Washington. Kehl has played in 59 games, including five starts, for the St. Louis Rams and the New York Giants.