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Morning Manny: Washington Redskins Pre-Draft Position Review (DL and LB)

Manny Benton reviews the Redskins defensive line and linebackers positions prior to the NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft now days away, it's time to give a pre-draft look at the Washington Redskins roster. Below I'll grade and review each position on the team. Today's edition is on the defensive line and linebackers.

Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers review 

Running backs, Offensive line and Tight Ends  

Defensive Line (Rankings):

  1. Stacy McGee
  2. Terrell McClain
  3. Ziggy Hood
  4. Matt Ioannidis
  5. Anthony Lanier

Others: Phil Taylor, Joey Mbu and AJ Francis

Position Grade: F

Perfect Draft Fit: Chris Wormley, Michigan - In my opinion, Wormley has a chance to be one of the better overall defensive lineman in this draft class. He has a high floor and a high ceiling. I think he can be a base five technique and move inside to three technique in nickel. He'd immediately become the most talented defensive lineman Washington has had in a very long time.

Notes: I thought about giving this position a D-, but what's the point? Washington's defensive line has been trashier than your neighborhood's bulky waste collection unit for a long time now, yet they've done nothing to improve it. The Redskins have tried to patch holes via free agency, as they did this offseason signing McGee and McClain. Of the two, I think McGee has the most upside. However, they were lateral moves to what Washington had in 2016. I don't believe they've made any improvements. If Washington leaves the top-100 in this weekend's draft without drafting a quality defensive lineman, I'd consider that a failure. 

Linebacker (rankings):

  1. Ryan Kerrigan
  2. Zach Brown
  3. Preston Smith
  4. Trent Murphy
  5. Mason Foster
  6. Will Compton

Others: Junior Galette, Zach Vigil, Houston Bates, Martrell Spaight, Chris Carter, Lynden Trail, Pete Robertson, Khari Fortt and Steven Daniels

Position Grade: C

Perfect Draft Fit (OLB): Tyus Bowser, Houston - Though he lacks consistent production, I feel like he'd be a good fit for the Redskins if he's there round two or three. What the Redskins lack is an athletic speed rusher and I believe Bowser brings that to the table. 

Perfect Draft Fit (ILB): Jarrad Davis, Florida - I've been talking about this guy since winter 2016. He's an enforcer and a strong leader of men. Not to mention, he's a superbly athletic player who would immediately upgrade Washington's defense.

Notes: If the Redskins went into the season with this current group of linebackers, I wouldn't hate it. They have an average group. However, they could use a speed rusher and a true alpha male in the middle. Preston Smith statistically didn't have the year many, including myself, thought he'd have. But I don't think it was nearly as bad as many try to say it was. I think he was the team's best OLB against the run. Sometimes he looked dominate and other times he looked lost as a pass rusher. However, I think he can be a big time player if he stays committed and they let him loose. You can't depend on Galette staying healthy, hence the need of a speed rusher. 

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