What if Redskins wait on drafting DL? Day 2-3 targets examined

There are plenty of interesting defensive linemen beyond those mentioned in the first round.

We asked our friend Justin Byram for a breakdown of three possible first round targets for the Redskins, defensive linemen Andrew Billings, Vernon Butler and Jarran Reed. Justin did that, but he couldn't stop there. Here's what was left on the cutting room floor, specifically two other lineman Washington could consider outside the first round.

Austin Johnson

Penn State, Junior, 6-foot-4, 314 lbs

Johnson is another very talented prospect with an impressive blend of size, speed, and versatility. In most other drafts, he would likely be a sure first round selection, but due to the phenomenal depth at defensive tackle, Johnson could be a solid option in the second and a steal in the 3rd round (Johnson is projected to be drafted in the 2nd-3rd rounds of the draft). Johnson is yet another prospect who carries his weight phenomenally well, and offers a versatile skillset and the ability to line up from multiple spots across the line. In my opinion, versatility will be key for the future starting nose tackle, considering how many different versions of the 3-4 and 4-3 Barry likes to run. Johnson’s motor never stops, and he is aggressive against the run and rushing the passer. If Scot McCloughan decides to go in a different direction early, Johnson would be a great value pickup.

Maliek Collins

Nebraska, Junior, 6-foot-2, 311 lbs

Another powerful defensive tackle who can easily be overlooked in such a talented draft class, I don’t think Collins has scratched the surface of his potential. Collins uses good burst, pad level, and hand use to explode of the snap and can be a disruptive force from the inside. However, Collins is still raw as a prospect, and with better technique will need to learn to finish plays in the backfield rather than just being a disrupter. I actually see a lot of Chris Baker in Collins’ game, and in a deep class, Collins could look like a 3rd or 4th round steal in a few years once he’s been coached up.

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