The Washington Redskins decided to bypass the defensive line by selecting TCU WR Josh Doctson in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Not much hope is lost though because only a few teams opted not to wait and there is still plenty of defensive line help in the second round. That's not the only place the Redskins need help, either. Let's take a look at some of the names.
The Redskins would be in a little bit deeper trouble if they pass on defensive line here.
I'm told Scot McCloughan really likes Bullard which isn't surprising considering the stat I gave not too long ago (see below). Bullard is athletic for his size, has long arms and a great first step. He has the ability to penetrate as a 5-Tech and move to a 3-Tech in passing situations.
Jones is quite a bit bigger than Bullard but possess rare athleticism for his size. He's thickly built but needs to work on his motor and being more consistent in effort. More thoughts on Jones from my pre-draft profile.
The Redskins have some pieces on the defensive line, but nobody young with major upside. That needs to change.
McCloughan likes nasty guys in the trenches but has shown more attention to edge defenders than guys in the middle. With defensive focus becoming stopping the pass in the NFL, you can't have enough rushers and when Redskins are in a 4-man front, the outside linebackers become defensive lineman.
The Redskins have done a ton of work on Spence, who visited Redskins Park earlier this month. They've met with him on more than one occasion and McCloughan has a thirst for pass rush. Spence has battled adversity and come out on the other side, sending teams all the drug tests he has passed since leaving Ohio State. McCloughan has shown a knack for respecting this kind of turnaround.
Ogbah is a grown man who could also be added on the edge. In comparison, some of his test numbers are freakishly close to the Redskins second round pick from last year, Preston Smith. Ogbah is 6'4" 271 lbs and has over 35" arms. I'd file that under the "length" category. He's a violent player who has an aggressive punch. Because of his size, he's rushed from all areas and can be put on the field in sub-packages while he learns the position. His snap-to-snap effort can improve, but it took awhile for Preston Smith to get that too. McCloughan likes putting towers around the line of scrimmage and Smith and Ogbah would make an imposing duo down the road.
*I expect Jarran Reed, A'Shawn Robinson, Reggie Ragland, Mackensie Alexander and Andrew Billings to be off the board by the time the Redskins are on the clock. While I don't like the initial scheme fits (Alabama DL), their value may be too much if they drop this far.
The Redskins need help at center, badly. Josh LeRibeus had a hard time snapping the ball and blocking which had fans clamoring for Kory Lichtensteiger who also struggled before his injury. Martin isn't quite as talented as his brother, Zach, who plays for the Cowboys, but he's a good technician who should make a good pro for a long time.
Green is a fast player who offers more than speed. He isn't afraid to hit and take down players at all costs. The only reason he isn't higher is because he's very raw for the position but has shown growth and should continue his ascend upwards.
If Nick Martin is off the board, or a trade back happens, Allen could be the pick. Allen is a former wrestler show shows outstanding balance and toughness to man the middle.
The Redskins are probably going to take a running back at some point. It just depends on when and who is taken. They like Matt Jones but he hasn't shown the consistency of a #1 back and need someone to share the load. Prosise has a great build for the position with potential to handle a workload. As a former receiver, he can come in on passing downs already and be a factor with his soft hands.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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