Washington's defensive line needs upgrades. It's one of their biggest needs entering the draft. The problem they could be facing is the top defensive linemen could be off the board, leaving just Malik McDowell.
McDowell turned off just about ever scout with a horrible combine interview. However, the Redskins lack of depth along the line could keep McDowell a first round prospect. While his interview was terrible, he still has the skills, and intangibles to be a force in any defensive line. He can be used as both a 3 technique, and a 5 technique defensive tackle.
Arguably their biggest need entering the draft, the Redskins must find interior depth at linebacker. A name that has leaped up the boards following a good combine is Haason Reddick out of Temple University.
Reddick will likely be the best linebacmer linebacker on the board. He has good speed for a linebacker, makes hard hits, doesn't play over aggressively, has patience, and can be utilized in zone coverage. He would be a solid addition to the Redskins struggling defense.
There's talk going around that Cousins may be asking for the Redskins to trade him prior to the start of this season. Cousins loses his best receiver to the Buccaneers, and pass protection is a problem for the Redskins.
Even if the Redskins keep Cousins for another season, there's no guarantee that he will re-sign with Washington after this season. Which means the Redskins could give consideration to drafting either DeShone Kizer (if not selected with the 12th pick), or Deshaun Watson.
Both quarterbacks would be able to sit behind cousins for a season, and learn the ropes from Jay Gruden, one of the best QB coaches in the game. Either quarterback would be capable of recreating Cousins' success, but only if the Redskins add depth to their offensive line during free agency, and the draft for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Another area of concern for the Redskins is adding depth at safety. Obi Melifonwu had a solid combine, and his stock is nearing him being a first round selection.
The issue here, is that Melifonwu, despite his increased stock, would be a reach at this point in the draft. Drafting Quincy Wilson, in hopes of converting him comes with big risks. The best safeties are off the board, so the likelihood of drafting a safety is low.
If you were the GM of the Washington Redskins, who would you draft?
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