The Redskins continued building up of their front lines with the addition of one of the larger edge rushers in the NFL draft pool.
Preston Smith of Mississippi State is 6-5, 271, and has 31-inch arms. He joked that he had lost a few pounds lately due to burning a lot of nervous energy waiting to the draft to arrive. He is amazingly agile for a player his size, recording top times in many of the NFL Combine drills that are used to measure quickness and change of direction.
Smith had a great nose for the football in his four years with the Bulldogs, forcing seven turnovers (five forced fumbles, two interceptions). As a senior he was a big playmaker, with seven sacks and 15 tackles for a loss.
Smith mostly lined up as a defensive end during his college career but he said that he would switch to outside linebacker in the Redskins’ 3-4 defensive scheme. This will be an adjustment for him although he did line up in a two-point stance on occasion and he said that he sometimes dropped back in coverage in college.
Smith lasted until the second round because he’s not a quick-twitch type of rusher; his game is more great athleticism for a guy his size and a relentless motor. The size, athletic ability, and hustle are qualities the Redskins have made it clear that they are looking for. That makes Smith a good fit.
He joins Ryan Kerrigan, last year’s team leader in sacks with 13.5, and Trent Murphy, last year’s top draft pick, at the top of the outside linebacker depth chart. Kerrigan will stay in his spot on the right edge and play nearly every snap. Murphy and Smith will compete for playing time on the right side.
It's also possible that Smith will put his hand in the dirt and rush from a three-point stance. That would give the Redskins a lot of flexibility and versatility along the defensive front.
MORE REDSKINS: Second pick is in: Redskins draft Preston Smith at No. 38
In case you haven't heard, eight-year NFL veteran Mark Sanchez called it a career on Tuesday. He'll move on to television, working with ESPN as a college football analyst.
Former Redskins teammate, albeit briefly, Josh Norman shared his congratulations on Twitter.
According to our records, this is the first Josh Norman Broadcasting Bootcamp attendee to make the jump to ESPN. He is also the only attendee according to our records.
Last season Sanchez played two games in Washington before he suffered a season-ending injury.
As comical as it was at times to see 'the Sanchize' on the field, he's due to be as entertaining in the booth. As evidenced in the video he has no issue poking fun at himself. Moving to college football goes back to where he had a majority of his success on the gridiron.
MORE REDSKINS NEWS:
Over the 2019 offseason, the Washington Redskins periodically released episodes to a new series called "Redskins 365". Here, viewers can get an all-access look into all the important moments leading up to the 2019-20 season.
In Episode 2 titled "This Is Where I Wanted To Be" the focus in on the players, both new and old.
When free agency opened up during the 2019 offseason the biggest splash the Redskins made was the acquisition of safety Landon Collins. Heading over from a divisional rival, Collins as well as other members of the organization break down the signing and his fit within the team. The safety also shares his story about receiving a Sean Taylor jersey and what it means to join the team his idol played on.
The episode also touches on other free agent signings Ereck Flowers and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as well as the trade for quarterback Case Keenum. Head coach Jay Gruden gives his thoughts on the newest member of the QB room and explains how he'll fit in with Colt McCoy.
Speaking of McCoy, the show then takes a detour to Austin, Texas. There, McCoy reflects on his time at the University of Texas as well as his up and down NFL career that included a season-ending injury just a season ago.
From one Big 12 star to another, the episode concludes with a spotlight on Adrian Peterson. After a whirlwind first season in Washington, AP is back for more. The always-dependable runner shares his thoughts on his first season and explains how he deals with expectations.
MORE REDSKINS NEWS: