Draft: Defensive Line

Over the next few weeks, LETS GO REDSKINS will review Washington’s options in next month’s NFL Draft, position by position.

Are the Redskins planning on investing heavily along the interior of the defensive line in the NFL Draft? Veterans Chris Baker and Ricky Jean-Francois were let go in free agency, while Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain were added, from Oakland and Dallas respectively. A need remains at nose tackle, the centerpiece of any 3-4 scheme.

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Washington has a base 3-4, but like all NFL teams, they often deploy four man fronts in both nickel and dime packages. McGee and McClain will often slide inside to tackle (from end) on passing downs, with 3-4 outside linebackers, like Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy line up as traditional ends in a three point stance. (I hate the overused term- hand in the dirt)

Select the hyperlink for details on each player, both veteran and prospect.

Under Contract
Terrell McClain
Stacy McGee
Ziggy Hood (NT)
Matt Ioannidis
Anthony Lanier
Phil Taylor (NT)

Could a trade be in the works? The Jets are ready to move on from Sheldon Richardson, or can they clear cap space for a free agent like Jonathan Hankins? The rival Eagles acquired former 2nd round pick, nose tackle Timmy Jernigan, for pennies on the dollar from Baltimore. Look for the Skins to explore all avenues of strengthening the interior of the defensive line.

As with any position, whom the Redskins target has much to do with how high an asset they wish to commit during the draft. We have identified several options to consider at different stages/rounds of the draft.

Draft Options
1-Technique
Elijah Qualls Washington
Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama
Montravious Adams Auburn
Eddie Vanderdoes UCLA
Jarron Jones Notre Dame
3-Technique
Jonathan Allen Alabama
Malik McDowell Michigan State
Caleb Brantley Florida
Carlos Watkins Clemson
Charles Walker Oklahoma
5-Technique
Chris Wormley Michigan
Taco Charlton Michigan
Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova
Nazair Jones North Carolina
Ryan Glasgow Michigan

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Days Until
NFL Draft: 22
2017 Preseason: 120
2017 Season: 157

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