Over the past month, the Redskins’ depth chart has undergone a minor makeover as seven draft picks and more than a dozen college free agents have been welcomed into the fold. In the coming days, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will break down the revamped roster, position-by-position, and set up the key battles as OTAs ramp up.
Position: Offensive tackle
On the roster: Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Takoby Cofield, Kevin Bowen
Likely to make the 53: Williams, Moses, Nsekhe
Comment: Williams was selected to the Pro Bowls for the fourth straight season and there is no reason to believe that he can’t extend that streak at least several more years. The six-year veteran will be just 28 when the season starts and he is under contract through the 2020 season.
Moses did a solid job on the right side last year, his first as a starter. He did give up a team-high five sacks but that was a major improvement over the 14 sacks surrendered by the right tackles last year. The 2014 third-round pick certainly has the physical tools to become a fixture on the right side.
Nobody expected Nsekhe to even make the 53-man roster as essentially a 30-year-old rookie but did a decent job of filling in for both Williams and Moses when called upon last year. He’s not a lock but he appears to have gained the trust of the coaches and he will be tough to beat out.
Battling for a job: Cofield, Bowen
Comment: Cofield spent all of 2015 on the practice squad after being signed as an undrafted free agent. With a year in the NFL under his belt he should be ready to challenge Nsekhe for the swing tackle job or at least make the roster as a fourth tackle. The team carried four tackles last year and one of them, Tom Compton, has departed via free agency. Compton also helped out by lining up at tight end on occasion; perhaps learning how to handle that would help Cofield’s chances.
Bowen is big and, well, big. At 6-9, 330 he has NFL size and he could mow down opposing defensive linemen at East Central (OK). But doing that for the Tigers in the Great American Conference is one thing; trying to overpower NFL linemen is another.
Cody Booth, who may be better playing guard, could also will in a tackle in practice if needed.
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