D-linemen to watch

If the Redskins sign defensive tackle Mike Myers, then they probably won't go after another player at that position in the draft. Not with four tackles already on the roster. If they don't sign him, look for them to address this spot.

If the Redskins draft a tackle, they want someone who fits the usual mold for a player in the middle. That means at least 300 pounds, giving them some beef. If they look at ends, they want speed. Plain and simple.

Here are just a few thoughts on some available defensive linemen, from either a front office member or coach (they wish to remain anonymous).


. . . End Shurron Pierson, South Florida. Comment: ''He's a real good athlete.'' However, scouts aren't sold on whether or not he'd be best at outside linebacker or defensive end. Could take  a year or two to develop. But, with 4.5 speed in the 40, he might be worth the wait. 

. . . Defensive tackle Kenny King, Alabama. Comment: ''I like his versatility. He can play both end and tackle and he's a lot like Carl Powell.'' King likely would be a third-round pick.


. . . End Cory Redding, Texas. Comment: ''He's an interesting guy and he has some talent.'' What that means remains to be seen. With 4.9 speed in the 40, he's slow for end and might be better suited for tackle even if he's only 279 pounds.


. . . Defensive tackle/end Nick Eason, Clemson. Comment: ''He has athletic ability and he can stop the run. He just hasn't been consistent yet.''

Not sold:

.  . .End Antwan Peek, Cincinnati. Comment: ''Just a pass-rush specialist. Our picks are too high to take him.''

. .  .End Dewayne White, Louisville. Comment: ''The second round is too early for him. I see him going in the third round.'' White is projected to go higher because of his potential. Many think he should have stayed in school for his senior season.

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