Roll Tide: Redskins Select Alabama OLB Ryan Anderson

After selecting Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in round one, the Redskins take his college teammate for some edge rushing help.

There was no questioning which side of the ball needed more help. Based on their first two selections, it's apparent the Washington Redskins' agreed. 

The Redskins bolstered their linebacking unit by selecting Alabama's Ryan Anderson with the 49th overall selection. This came after Washington snatched another Crimson Tide standout, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, in the first round.

Who: Ryan Anderson

College: Alabama

Position: Outside linebacker

Height/weight:  6'2" 253 pounds

Why him: Outside of Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins have plenty of uncertainty at OLB. Trent Murphy will serve a four-game suspension. Preston Smith struggled during his second season. Junior Galette missed the last two games with Achilles injuries.

Anderson did not get voted to the All-SEC team by the coaches in 2016, but the media voted him first-team all-conference.

Strengths: Anderson possesses considerable upper-body strength and is a powerful, explosive pass rusher. He has shown he can play in both a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. Anderson is also a disciplined run defender and is able to close holes on the weak side.

Weaknesses: His 4.78 40-yard dash time showed he lacks some range and top-end speed. Anderson could get picked on in pass coverage if put there, something he did not always have to do at Alabama.

Stats: In his last three seasons, Anderson complied 123 tackles (61 in 2016), 38 of those for loss, 17.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries and six fumbles forced. Anderson’s 18 tackles for loss was second in the SEC in 2016. Anderson’s four fumbles forced led the SEC in 2016. His 40 career tackles for loss ranks 10th all-time in the conference; 27 of those came within the SEC. The linebacker had six games of 1.5 or more tackles for loss in 2016. In last season’s College Football Playoff National Championship game, Anderson had seven total tackles, two for loss, one sack and a forced fumble.

Redskins' current depth chart: Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Houston Bates, Junior Galette, Lyden Trail, Pete Robertson, Zach Vigil, Khairi Fortt

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

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