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Morning Manny: Ranking 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Players At Positions Of Need

Manny Benton ranks his top-five defensive draft prospects for the Washington Redskins at positions of need, including LB where Temple's Haason Reddick leads the pack.

With former General Manager Scot McCloughan out of the picture, I'm resorting back to my old ways of ranking draft prospects. Instead of relying on draft trends, I'll emphasize personal film study while factoring what makes sense for the Washington Redskins. Below I'll rank the top-five defensive players at positions of need. In case you missed it, my offensive installment has already been posted

Washington Redskins (defensive) needs: Every. Single. Thing.

Interior Defensive Line:

  1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama 
  2. Chris Wormley, Michigan
  3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
  4. Caleb Brantley, Florida
  5. D.J. Jones, Mississippi 

Notes: Chris Wormley has become one of my favorite players in this draft. I think he's a high floor, high ceiling prospect. He's a guy who eventually could be very good at every position on the defensive line. McDowell is extremely talented, but I have concerns about pad level, how coachable he is and consistency. I think Brantley could be overdrafted. He's a round two player to me who can be solid against the run. The guy I believe has been extremely underrated by many is D.J. Jones. He's the best nose tackle in this draft to me. 

EDGE:

  1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee 
  4. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
  5. Demarcus Walker, FSU

Notes: This is not a great draft for edge rushers, specifically round one. However, there's solid depth. Barnett should go round one. He reminds me of Ryan Kerrigan. McKinley is a young, raw rusher who could really develop into a star. Walker is an underrated player who proved his worth at Florida State's pro day.

Linebacker:

  1. Haason Reddick, Temple
  2. Reuben Foster, Alabama
  3. Jarrad Davis, Florida
  4.  Alex Anzalone, Florida
  5. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

Notes: There are three elite inside linebacker prospects in this draft and then there's a significant drop-off. If I'm the Redskins, I'd consider any one of those top three (Reddick, Foster or Davis) in round one. Either one of those players would massively upgrade the defense. Cunningham is not a 3-4 ILB, in my opinion. He reminds me a lot of Keenan Robinson.

Cornerback:

  1. Tre'Davious White, LSU
  2. Sidney Jones, Washington*(injury)
  3. Marshon Lattimore, OSU
  4. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  5. Budda Baker, Washington*(nickel)
  6. Teez Tabor, Florida

Notes: This is a really talented draft for cornerbacks. Honestly, I don't care how you rank them. They are all very talented. White is the best technician in this draft. He has the best feet. Budda Baker is a nickel back to me. I think he'd be a very good one. Forget about Teez Tabor's pro day -- he is a talented player. Let him press and watch him flourish. 

Safety:

  1. Malik Hooker, OSU
  2. Jamal Adams, LSU
  3. Marcus Maye, Florida
  4. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  5. Marcus Williams, Utah

Notes: Much like cornerback, this safety class is very talented. Marcus Maye is quietly the most well-rounded safety in this class. He can play upfield, he can play deep half and centerfield. He's super solid. 

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