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Redskins’ pre-draft depth chart, defense

Apr 30, 2015, 11:53 AM EDT


Just before free agency started we took a look at the depth chart as it stood then. There have been a few changes and draft talk and rumors bring up the possibility of more shifting. Yesterday we examined the offense; today it’s the defense.

Starters in bold


DL: Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean-Francois, Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse

They could well start the season with this lineup but there is also the possibility of a major shakeup if Leonard Williams slides to the No. 5 pick in the draft. But Scot McCloughan indicated that he thought the line was pretty strong so barring the unexpected the status quo should be maintained here.

LB: Trent Murphy, Ryan Kerrigan, Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Adam Hayward, Jackson Jeffcoat, Steve Beauharnais

This was the one area that remained untouched during free agency but don’t expect it to stay that way during the draft. An edge rusher such as Dante Fowler Jr. or Vic Beasley is the favorite to be the top pick tonight and even if that doesn’t happen they will get one somewhere along the line. Inside linebacker is a much lower priority although they might take one if they can find some depth there that can also help on special teams immediately.

DB: Chris Culliver, Bashaud Breeland, Jeron Johnson, Dashon Goldson, David Amerson, Phillip Thomas, DeAngelo Hall, Tracy Porter, Akeem Davis, Duke Ihenacho

There are three new starters in the four positions in the secondary but they aren’t done. They need to find depth and a possible long-term successor for Goldson, who will be 31 before Week 2 starts.

Specialists: PK Kai Forbath, P Tress Way, LS Nick Sundberg

Expect a challenger for Forbath, although it seems unlikely that they will draft a kicker for a second year in a row. They also could draft a running back or wide receiver who could serve as a kickoff and punt returner, an area that has been a sore spot for the last few years.

  1. cmehustle - Apr 30, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    I think this draft is going to go primarily defensive. If you look at Mcglues handling of Free Agency he basically told you he wasnt sold on us defensively. Free Agency is only a short term solution, we need to be infused with youth and speed and I think this is the draft where we start that process.

  2. redskinscaio - Apr 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Hall not starting?! Are you sure about that?

    • bangkokben - Apr 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

      I can’t imagine why this would be questioned. He had his Achilles twice repaired since he last played and is in the twilight of his career. Great if he does start but no one – except for DeAngelo – is penciling him in as the starter.

      • redskinscaio - Apr 30, 2015 at 8:48 PM

        well I am, and the coaches of the team are soooooo…..

  3. mrhart76 - Apr 30, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Leonard Williams. If not him Brandon Sheriff. Fowler will be gone. Maybe get Shane Ray in the early 2nd if he slides like they are talking about. Big boy from Stanford would be good too. Just build us a giant heavy a$$ line to protect our Qb. Let Morris run behind them and put up Demarco Murray type numbers!

  4. goback2rfk - Apr 30, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Wow, Sheriff is good but wow. I am surprised. Well wait no I am not cause this is the deadskins we are talking about. Picking up RG3’s option, taking Sheriff instead of Williams… Dummies!!

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 30, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    I am shocked and stunned. I was hoping Williams would fall to us, and we pick him or get a nice trade offer.

    Welp…here’s hoping Scherff is an All Pro.

  6. goback2rfk - Apr 30, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    What a bunch of morons, no way you pass on Williams. wtf.

    • Jax4 - Apr 30, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      GREAT Pick. Already addressed DLine in free agency. It was really a no-brainer of a pick.

      • goback2rfk - Apr 30, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        only time will tell. no doubt we needed help on the o-line, big help really, and sheriff is good no doubt. I am not sure I would call the dline “addressed” We are one injury away from sucking on the d-line again and normal thinking olineman do not typically go that high in the draft. i dunno. we will see. Archives

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