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Three defensive linemen the Redskins could target after the first round

Three defensive linemen the Redskins could target after the first round

Immediately after the Redskins' season ended in January against the Giants, it's likely that most fans and analysts would've looked ahead to the 2017 NFL Draft and said that Washington should address the defensive line with their first-round pick at all costs. 

However, as the draft has gotten closer, it feels like that "D-line or nothing" attitude has faded to a certain extent, with some becoming more open to the team taking a linebacker, a safety or — the horror! — a running back as well. CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay, for one, went as far as to strongly argue against taking a defensive tackle first in a piece written Monday morning.

"While this year's college crop has a lot of depth in positions that will help the 'Skins, defensive tackle does not appear to be one of them," Finlay said in his blog, titled "This isn't the round to demand the Redskins draft early round defensive tackle."

As it turns out, it might not be the one to ask for a defensive end, either.


"In the first round, I don't see anybody that I would take as a run stopper where they're picking [at] 17," former GM and CSN draft expert Charley Casserly said in a draft preview.

Casserly did go on to outline three options that should be available from the second round on, though, with two of those prospects being guys Finlay identified, too.

Here are those three names, along with Casserly's comments. They may not bring with them the hype that other first-round choices would, but Casserly still thinks all three would go a long way in improving an ailing Redskins' defense.

1) Caleb Brantley (Florida): "There are games where this guy plays like a first-rounder, there are some games he plays like a third or fourth-rounder. But on his good days, he's strong versus the run and gives you some inside pass rush... On the good days, he can do it. We'll see if he can get turned on to play that way every week."

2) Chris Wormley (Michigan): "He plays defensive end in a 4-3 but I think you could play him at a defensive end in a 3-4, which is more of a run-stopping situation. I think this guy is a good run-stopper and I think he can give you something on third down as an inside rusher."

3) Dalvin Tomlinson (Alabama): "There's a guy at Alabama that I think can be a really good value as a nose tackle in the third or fourth round: Dalvin Tomlinson. A big, strong, physical guy. He's not going to get anything on pass rush on third down, but they've got some guys that can already do that. But he'd help them a lot to stop the run, which is something they're not very good at."


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.