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Redskins depth chart, defense: Who becomes Redskins final cut?

The defensive depth chart really comes down to big blobs of players and with the inside linebackers smack in the middle.

The Redskins are done with Richmond. Hello, Ashburn and hello a new final-53 man Week 1 roster projection. Click here for the offense. Now, the defense and special teams plus final cuts discussion.

Defensive line (7) -- Chris Baker, Kendall Reyes, Stephen Paea, Ricky Jean Francois, Kedric Golston, Ziggy Hood, Matt Ioannidis,

Linebacker (9) -- Ryan KerriganPreston SmithWill ComptonMason Foster, Houston Bates, Su'a Cravens, Terence GarvinTrent MurphyMartrell Spaight

* I'm combining the front-7 together because their more intertwined positionally than normal this year. Kerrigan and Smith are listed at LB, but will play 4-3 ends plenty. Murphy is moving back to linebacker, but Gruden claims he can envision using him on the line after doing so most of the offseason. If Murphy counts with the linebackers, than there is room to keep another lineman and Hood is making noise on the nose. Garvin might be 16th among this group, but he's a help on special teams. If Bates doesn't wow in preseason, he could be in danger regardless of whether fellow outside backers Lynden Trail or Willie Jefferson impress. Not ready to say 33-year-old Golston is a lock, but if the final factor is the locker room vibe, he's in.

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Defensive back (10) -- Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, DeAngelo Hall, David Bruton, Dashaun PhillipsQuinton Dunbar, Kendall Fuller, Greg Toler, Will Blackmon, Duke Ihenacho

* Tell me who from this group isn't roster worthy at this point and we can keep a fourth tight end or extra lineman. The six corners are making plays in camp. The four safeties all have greater challenges, whether transitioning to a new position or staying healthy. There are interesting options like Lloyd Carrington and Deshazor Everett who most years would receive a real sleeper tag. There's just no room at the inn right now.

Specialists (3) -- Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way, Nick Sundberg

* Nothing to see here.

Breakdown: Offense (24), Defense (26), Special Teams (3)

Changes: In (Sudfeld), Out (4th RB)

Final decision: Bates, Garvin over Paulsen

Last cuts: ILB Perry Riley, TE Logan Paulsen, RB Mack Brown/RB Robert Kelley/Keith Marshall

* Riley's range remains starter or salary cap casualty. With the way the roster numbers breakdown and based on how Spaight and Cravens have performed so far, it seems far to think the Redskins can gamble on letting Riley's experience walk for financial savings. If no veteran RB joins the roster and considering Jones and Thompson have injury concerns, keeping a third back -- and possibly a fourth capable of carrying the ball is the likely main consideration even over special teams. 

Practice squad: RB Robert Kelley/Mack Brown/Robert Kerridge (pick 2), WR Maurice Harris, DB DeShazor Everett, CB Lloyd Carrington, LB Lynden Trail, S Geno Matias-Smith

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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