The wait is over for those who were wondering when the Redskins would finally get to drafting a defensive lineman. They did so by taking Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis with the 152nd overall pick in the NFL Draft. Washington acquired the pick from the New Orleans Saints in a trade that also netted the Redskins a 2017 fifth-rounder in exchange for their fourth-rounder, 120th overall, this year.
Player: Matt Ioannidis
Prospect rank: Scout (106); Rob Rang (190)
NFL.com: "Muscle shark who never shrinks in the face of physicality or doing the dirty work that needs to get done. Ioannidis isn't a bad athlete, he's just a little bit limited due to a lack of twitch. With power and toughness to spare, he is at his best as a block-eating two-gap player who can anchor against the run and who can generate decent push in the pocket when called on as a pass rusher. He has the looks of a starter in a 3-4 defense and a rotational tackle in a 4-3."
Analysis: The Redskins hocked up the seventh-most rushing yards and the second-most yards per carry in the NFL last season. That's why Ioannidis is being brought in. He's not a great athlete or any kind of sackmaster. He's just an absolute load to move. He does a good job of holding his ground against double teams and running backs in the American Athletic Conference found it difficult to get through his gap. With his pure strength, Ioannidis should be able to ameliorate Washington's run D.
Washington Redskins 2016 picks
Round 1, Pick 22 (22) (From Houston) - TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson
Round 2, Pick 22 (53) - USC safety/linebacker Su'a Cravens
Round 3, Pick 21 (84) - Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller
Round 5, Pick 13 (152) (From Saints) - Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis
Round 6, Pick 12 (187) (From Saints) - Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld
Round 7, Pick 11 (232) (From Buccaneers) - Boston College linebacker Steven Daniels
Round 7, Pick 21 (242) - Georgia running back Keith Marshall
* The Redskins traded their fifth-round pick (No. 158) to the New York Jets for a fourth-rounder in 2017. They added a 2017 fifth-round pick by trading their fourth-round pick (No. 120) to the New Orleans Saints. They also picked up a 2017 sixth-round pick by swapping first-round picks with the Houston Texans.
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