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Three defensive linemen the Redskins could target after the first round

Three defensive linemen the Redskins could target after the first round

Immediately after the Redskins' season ended in January against the Giants, it's likely that most fans and analysts would've looked ahead to the 2017 NFL Draft and said that Washington should address the defensive line with their first-round pick at all costs. 

However, as the draft has gotten closer, it feels like that "D-line or nothing" attitude has faded to a certain extent, with some becoming more open to the team taking a linebacker, a safety or — the horror! — a running back as well. CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay, for one, went as far as to strongly argue against taking a defensive tackle first in a piece written Monday morning.

"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," Finlay said in his blog, titled "This isn't the round to demand the Redskins draft early round defensive tackle."

As it turns out, it might not be the one to ask for a defensive end, either.

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"In the first round, I don't see anybody that I would take as a run stopper where they're picking [at] 17," former GM and CSN draft expert Charley Casserly said in a draft preview.

Casserly did go on to outline three options that should be available from the second round on, though, with two of those prospects being guys Finlay identified, too.

Here are those three names, along with Casserly's comments. They may not bring with them the hype that other first-round choices would, but Casserly still thinks all three would go a long way in improving an ailing Redskins' defense.

1) Caleb Brantley (Florida): "There are games where this guy plays like a first-rounder, there are some games he plays like a third or fourth-rounder. But on his good days, he's strong versus the run and gives you some inside pass rush... On the good days, he can do it. We'll see if he can get turned on to play that way every week."

2) Chris Wormley (Michigan): "He plays defensive end in a 4-3 but I think you could play him at a defensive end in a 3-4, which is more of a run-stopping situation. I think this guy is a good run-stopper and I think he can give you something on third down as an inside rusher."

3) Dalvin Tomlinson (Alabama): "There's a guy at Alabama that I think can be a really good value as a nose tackle in the third or fourth round: Dalvin Tomlinson. A big, strong, physical guy. He's not going to get anything on pass rush on third down, but they've got some guys that can already do that. But he'd help them a lot to stop the run, which is something they're not very good at."

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Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Just four months shy of his last appearance on the NFL gridiron sidelines, Jay Gruden may already have his 2020 gig lined up, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Gruden was head coach of the Washington Redskins for six seasons, beginning in 2014 and going 35-49-1 in his burgundy and gold tenure. Gruden pushed the Redskins to their first postseason appearance since 2012 in his second year with the team, as well as back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, not seen in Washington since 1996 and 1997. 

In March 2017, Gruden signed a two-year extension with the Redskins. He was fired after beginning the 2019 season 0-5. 

Recently, Gruden confirmed to Rapoport that he was "itching for something to do" and seeking employment before Jacksonville brought him in to interview for the OC role. 

After playing four years at the University of Louisville and and eight more in various football leagues, Gruden held many offensive roles, offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

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Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera did plenty of research before accepting the job earlier this month.

Rivera spent 30-35 hours with Redskins owner Dan Snyder before agreeing to be the ninth head coach of the owner's tenure. Additionally, he reached out to legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and ended up spending several hours talking with him prior to accepting the job. The two originally spoke on the phone, before the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera over to his home in Charlotte last month to discuss even further.

On Tuesday, Gibbs spoke on the Carol Maloney show, where he revealed some of the topics he spoke with Rivera about. One of those included the involvement of Snyder, who Gibbs spoke glowingly about.

"Where I felt like I could help the most was telling [Rivera] what it was like working with Dan," Gibbs said. "When I was there, Dan did every single thing he could do to help us win and was never, in any way, an interference. He was always trying to help in every single way he could."

Additionally, Gibbs raved about the Redskins fanbase. He explained to Rivera that fans in D.C. understand football, have been following the team forever, and are some of the most passionate in the sport.

"The other thing I could do, I felt like, was tell him about what it's like coaching in the greatest city in the world with the greatest fans in the world," Gibbs said. "I did tell him I thought it was the greatest job in the NFL."

Gibbs told Maloney that he hates making predictions, but had a strong one about the future of the Redskins fanbase.

"I think our fan base will come roaring back," Gibbs said. "I think [FedEx Field] will be full of Burgundy and Gold. They're going to be cheering their guts out."

When asked if he believed Rivera was the right man to lead the Redskins, Gibbs explained he was thrilled by the hire.

"He was certainly a great choice," Gibbs said. "[He was] Coach of the Year twice, put a team into the Super Bowl. And I think he's kind of a man's man. I think he can talk to the players. And I think he's proven that he can get the job done."

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