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The Redskins cut one North Carolina linebacker earlier this offseason, but now they have brought another one in. 

Washington selected Cole Holcomb from UNC with the 173rd overall pick on Saturday. At 6-foot-1 and 231 lbs., Holcomb gained a lot of attention with a terrific performance at the Tar Heels pro day. 

His 40-yard-dash pushed him up draft boards across the NFL when he ran it in 4.48 seconds. He also posted an 11-foot broad jump and impressive totals in the 3-cone drill and short shuttle. 

A speedy linebacker that can cover sideline to sideline, Holcomb made 104 tackles — eight for loss to go along with one sack — last season as a senior in Chapel Hill.

He doesn't project to push Reuben Foster, Mason Foster or Shaun Dion Hamilton right away, but with his speed, he could be a special teams contributor immediately. And obviously, Holcomb is not a direct replacement for Zach Brown, even if both players went to North Carolina.

The selection of Holcomb continues one theme from the Redskins 2019 Draft: more team speed.

Nearly every pick in this draft, except oddly the first selection of Dwayne Haskins, has been an elite athlete with high-end speed. 

Think about it: Montez Sweat, Terry McLaurin, Bryce Love and now Holcomb have tremendous wheels for their positions. If nothing else, Washington is getting faster on the field, especially on defense. 

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