The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on defense. We looked at the offense earlier this morning.
DL Caleb Brantley, Florida—At some point his talent will make it worth the risk of taking him after he was charged with striking a female in a bar. For the Redskins that may be the fifth round.
NT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, USC—He’s a load at 6-1, 331. Tu'ikolovatu is a true nose tackle who punches hard and fast, ties up blockers, and can tackle well when he gets free.
ILB Jordan Evans, Oklahoma—A three-year starter who could step into an inside linebacker role after a year of grooming. Evans led the Sooners with 98 tackles and had four interceptions and 2.5 sacks.
Edge Bryan Cox Jr., Florida—Look for him to be under consideration later in the day. The son of the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker of the same name, Cox has size and ability but is inconsistent. He is athletic enough to make the move from defensive end to outside linebacker but they might limit him to a pass-rushing role while he is learning.
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CB Howard Wilson, Houston—Some scouts think he may have been a first-round pick if he had returned for his senior year. The Redskins have a lot of numbers at the position so he could get that redshirt year he may need.
S Desmond King, Iowa—A four-year starter who played 94 percent of the Hawkeyes’ defensive snaps. He’s smart, tough, and tenacious. King doesn’t have ideal size at 5-10, 201 but he has the coverage skills to play free safety and even cover the slot if needed.
S Tedric Thompson, Colorado—He is more of a true free safety than King. Thompson tied for the FBS lead with 23 passes defensed (7 interceptions, 16 broken up).