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Morning Manny: Redskins Continue To Bolster Defense Day 2 Of NFL Draft

Manny Benton breaks down the Washington Redskins day two NFL Draft selections.

The Washington Redskins completed day two of the NFL Draft by continuing to place an emphasis on bolstering their defense. It should come as no surprise considering the team has struggled on defense for pretty much seven years now.

After drafting DE Jonathan Allen round one, the Redskins decided to continue upgrading their defensive front seven on Friday. Washington went fishing in the Alabama Crimson Tide lake once again by selecting OLB Ryan Anderson (6ft 2, 253) in round two. On my personal day two draft board, I had Ryan Anderson ranked as my 42nd (92 overall) player. Anderson is, simply put, a football player. But I'm interested in seeing how the Redskins use him. I think he's a stand-up outside linebacker who could serve as rotational rusher. Both Preston Smith and Trent Murphy have more length and ability to bend. However, as you know, Murphy will be suspended for the first four games of the season. Anderson can immediately step in and serve as that rotational piece. I do wonder if Anderson could eventually serve as an inside linebacker. Even his former coach Nick Saban mentioned that a move inside could be a possibility for him in the NFL.


Anderson isn't necessarily that speed rusher I felt the Redskins needed. However, he's an edge setter that's always around the football. He's essentially the hammer to this linebacking core, which is something they actually did lack. That's also, again, why I wonder if he could eventually move to inside linebacker. Either way, he's a super solid player that immediately makes the Redskins a better defense. 


In round three, the Redskins selected UCLA Corner Fabian Moreau. Ironically, Moreau was ranked higher on my personal draft board for day two of the NFL draft than Ryan Anderson. I had Moreau as my 36th ranked player for Friday (86 overall). I would've had him ranked higher than that if not for his torn pec. Apparently, Moreau is progressing well and should be ready for training camp.

The UCLA product will instantly become Washington's most explosive corner from a HWS (height, weight and speed) perspective. He has the twitch and ability to start early as a nickel back which will allow Kendall Fuller to focus on his natural boundary corner position. Of course, Bashaud Breeland is set to become a free agent in 2018. His future with the team is not clear. However, even if you do re-sign him, adding Moreau gives you a young group of guys to work with behind Josh Norman. Let's be honest, Norman has good years ahead, but he isn't getting any younger.

Long-term, Fabian Moreau can be a high end starter as a boundary corner. An underrated trait in Moreau's game is his ability to tackle, which will immediately make him an asset in the slot. He shows a willingness to go downhill and wrap up ball carriers. I absolutely love this pick for the team. Homerun.

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