Draft: Linebacker

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

Linebacker is a tale of two very different situations in Washington. Generally speaking, the Redskins outside linebackers are thought to be a strength of the team, while the inside linebackers have been a weak point.

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The Skins made a big splash signing free agent inside linebacker Zach Brown. The 2016 Pro Bowler was second in the NFL in tackles last season. The Redskins also signed veteran Chris Carter, more for depth and special teams. ’16 starting ILB Will Compton remains a (restricted) free agent.

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

Under Contract
Zach Brown
Mason Foster
Steven Daniels
Martrell Spaight
Ryan Kerrigan
Preston Smith
Trent Murphy
Junior Galette
Chris Carter
Houston Bates
Will Compton (RFA)

The Redskins are expected to invest in an inside linebacker early in the draft, despite the free agent addition of Brown. We don’t expect to see an outside linebacker before day three. Trent Murphy is suspended for the first four games of 2017, but Washington has Preston Smith and Junior Galette to compete for snaps opposite Ryan Kerrigan. With that in mind, our draft options below are inside backers, with three outside types to consider on day three.

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
Reuben Foster Alabama
Haason Reddick Temple
Raekwon McMillan Ohio State
Jarrad Davis Florida
Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt
Alex Anzalone Florida
Kendell Beckwith LSU
Ben Boulware Clemson
Jaylen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee (OLB)
Tashawn Bower LSU (OLB)
Joe Mathis Washington (OLB)

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Prospects associated with the Redskins:
» Dan Feeney, G, Indiana: Spotted with Redskins at Senior Bowl
» Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova: Worked out for Redskins
» Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: Will visit Redskins
» Duke Riley, LB, LSU: Spotted with Redskins at Senior Bowl
» Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan: Spotted with Redskins at Shrine Game
» DeMarcus Walker, DE, FSU: Pre-draft visit with Redskins
» T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin: Watt to visit Redskins
» Marquez White, CB, Florida State: Spotted with Redskins at Senior Bowl
Courtesy NFL.com

Up Next: Cornerback

Days Until
NFL Draft: 17
2017 Preseason: 115
2017 Season: 152

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