The 2016 NFL Draft Class Was Loaded On The Defensive Line And Redskins May Have Whiffed

Manny Benton wonders if GM Scot McCloughan could regret not drafting defensive line higher.

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Scot McCloughan could regret not drafting a Defensive Lineman higher in the 2016 Draft

NFL Network's Mike Mayock has covered the draft since 2005. He considered this past draft's DL group, the "best he's ever seen." Mayock wasn't alone in his analysis as nearly every draft guru said the same. It was a great draft for teams that needed defensive line talent. Teams such as the Washington Redskins. Yet, Washington failed to even draft one until the fifth round. 
This past draft was essentially the equivalent to 2014's wide receiver class, except along the defensive line. If it lives up to the hype like 2014's receiver class, then the Redskins missed out big time. Right now, I just wonder if McCloughan should have indeed put a bigger priority on the defensive line. 
Of course, we know that McCloughan drafts best player available. This past draft class pretty much proved that in the first three rounds. In a way, it's hard to argue with drafting guys like Su'a Cravens in round two and Kendall Fuller in the third. They potentially obtained a ton of value with those picks. However, you do wonder if McCloughan should've addressed the defensive line round one. 
WR Josh Doctson could end up being a great pick and squash that notion. But right now, the Redskins defensive line is weaker than Tony Romo's back and it's a legit concern. 
Washington could have taken a guy like Mississippi State's Chris Jones, who has been a terror this preseason for the Chiefs. Pro Football Focus ranked Jones as the top 3-4 DE in the entire league this preseason. Of course, it's just preseason. But that's all we have to go on right now.
The Washington Redskins also completely traded out the fourth round obtaining a fifth round pick in 2016 and 2017. Now, maybe McCloughan has the foresight to believe that fifth round pick in 2017 could be valuable (and it may). However, Washington could have stayed there and taken another preseason standout in Willie Henry. The former Michigan state defensive lineman has tallied 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 6 QB hurries and 6 third down stops. 
Washington only has fifth round pick Matt Ioannidis to show for from this draft and he didn't even make the final 53-man roster. Scot McCloughan has done a nice job since becoming GM. But in his second year, we have to wonder what his plans are for the defensive line. 

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