After a busy free agency period, a draft in which 10 new prospects were added and the acquisition of about a dozen undrafted college players, the Redskins look much different than they did last December. So, over the past two weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler have examined the revamped roster and created an updated depth chart at each position. The series wraps up today with ...
Position: Inside linebacker.
On the roster: Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley Jr., Will Compton, Adam Hayward, Martrell Spaight, Ja’Gared Davis, Terrance Plummer and Dyshawn Davis.
Likely to make the 53: Robinson, Riley, Compton, Hayward and Spaight.
Comment: Last season, the Redskins kept five inside linebackers at the final cutdown. Assuming that number does not change, it’s hard to see much wiggle room for prospects hoping to snag a spot. (It should also be noted that the Redskins carried only four inside linebackers after training camp cuts in 2013.)
Robinson was the ‘Mike’ linebacker last season—his first as a starter—and, at 25, is generally considered a player on the rise. I don’t see his status changing. Riley started at the ‘Jack’ linebacker position and, although it can be argued that he was, at times, underwhelming, the 27-year-old still produced 92 tackles, two sacks a forced fumble and four defended passes—despite missing two games due to injury.
Compton is a heady, capable backup who can play both positions. In fact, the 25-year-old started five games last season as Robinson and Riley nursed injuries. Can he challenge Riley? Perhaps.
Hayward is the special teams captain and his focus figures to remain there. The 30-year-old played only 14 snaps on defense last season and he’s coming off a season-ending leg injury suffered in late November.
Spaight, meantime, was selected in the fifth round this season and will likely make his biggest impact on special teams as a rookie.
As for everyone else …
Battling for a job: J.Davis, Plummer and D. Davis.
Comment: It’s hard to envision any of the above players squeezing their way onto the 53-man roster. But, as I’ve said before, if you’re here now, you’ve got a shot. Camp hopefuls are also competing for a spot on the 10-man practice squad.
The player I’ll be keeping a close eye on is Plummer, a 5-11, 231-pound undrafted free agent out of Central Florida. As senior, he was a first team all-conference player, a team captain and finished with a UCF-best 99 tackles, including 13 for loss, to go along with four sacks.
Post-draft depth chart series