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The Redskins defensive line has struggled for a number of years, but the 2017 NFL Draft may not present the opportunity for the quick fix many fans want.

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. 

"That's not talked about all that much, defensive tackle. I don't think it's a very good defensive tackle draft," NFL Network draft evaluator Daniel Jeremiah said on a conference call with reporters. 

There is one can't miss D-tackle prospect: Alabama's Jonathan Allen.

At 6-foot-3 and 286 lbs, Allen dominated for the Crimson Tide, and would be a tremendous fit for Washington.

One problem, however, there is virtually no chance Allen lasts around until the Redskins pick at No. 17. 

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After Allen, the next highest graded defensive tackle comes from the Big Ten in Michigan State's Malik McDowell. He has all the tools, but plenty of questions.

Jeremiah on McDowell:

He's tough for me. I think you're trying to guess on which Malik McDowell you're going to go to get. Do you get the guy I watched against Notre Dame that was explosive, was making plays all over the field, was playing hard, showed active hands. He was impressive. You see the quickness, the explosiveness, the want-to. Then you watch some other games, it's like he didn't want to be out on the field.

 

Projections are all over the place with McDowell, and it would not be a surprise to see Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office pass on the former Spartan at 17. 

Beyond Allen and McDowell, there is not another consensus first-round D-tackle talent. So for fans demanding the 'Skins take a defensive tackle, take a deep breath. 

Edge rushers will be available at 17, and the 'Skins can certainly use help in that area. In the pass happy modern NFL, no team can have too many edge rushers. 

After the first round, when the draft gets to Friday night and the second and third rounds, that's when Washington should absolutely look to boost their D-line.

Players like Florida's Caleb Brantley, Auburn's Montravius Adams, Michigan's Chris Wormley and plenty of others would bolster the Burgundy and Gold defensive front. 

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