As a follow-up to my Washington Redskins pre-draft position grades, I will be updating each review for the next few weeks. Today's installment is on the Offensive Line.
Offensive Line (Rankings):
Others: Chase Roullier (Rookie draft pick), John Kling, Isaiah Williams, Ronald Patrick, Arie Kouandjio, Vinston Painter, Tyler Katalina, Kyle Kalais, and Kevin Bowen
Pre-Draft Grade: A-
Pre-Training Camp Grade: A-
What was said pre-draft: This is by far the best unit on the team and one of the better units in the league. Washington could use another piece at maybe left guard to solidify the line.
New Notes: This is the easiest evaluation on the team. Washington has a top-tier offensive line and the continuity will only make them better. Third year offensive guard Brandon Scherff should be able to take another step this year towards being a high-end right guard. Spencer Long flashed at center last year and should continue to make progress with a full offseason at the position.
My main concern is at left guard. That's the clear weakest link. While Lauvao has proven to be solid, when healthy, there's still a lot of uncertainty around him. He'll be a unrestricted free agent in 2018 and he's 29 years old. I don't think he'll be back next year. So I'm interested in seeing if there's any players that will push him in training camp. Arie Kouandjio, to date, has yet to consistently show that he's capable of ever being a starter. One guy I'm interested in seeing when training camp begins is UDFA Tyler Katalina. The team has moved him to the left guard position after playing tackle in college. He has some talent and looks to be an offseason project for OL guru Bill Callahan.
Either way, this offensive line group is still better than maybe 90% of the league. But I think they're just one piece away from being really dominant.