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2014 Redskins Depth Chart Analysis - Defensive Line

2014 Redskins Depth Chart Analysis – Defensive Line:  This is an analysis of the Redskins Depth Chart going into next season.  Outlining areas that are good, and others that need to be upgraded.

Nose Tackle – The Redskins could use more of a space eater at this position.  The starter Cofield is more agile than powerful.  Bringing in a bigger body could enable the Redskins to move Cofield to defensive end.

  • Barry Cofield is a very nose tackle, although at 318 pounds he’s undersized for the position.  I think the Redskins should move Cofield to defensive end, where he can use his quickness more, but I doubt they’ll do that.
  • Chris Neild has looked good the few times he’s played, but he’s been injured a lot.
  • Chris Baker has proven to be an asset at defensive end, so the Redskins should add more depth to this position.

Defensive End – The Redskins need someone to help the OLB’s generate a pass rush.  As currently none of the Redskins defensive ends can be called a very good pass rusher.  So they need to add that element.

  • Stephen Bowen had six sacks his first season with the Redskins in 2011, but the past few seasons, he’s only had one sack.  That’s not good.
  • Jarvis Jenkins showed some ability late last season, but the Redskins can’t gamble that he’s the answer.  Jenkins has yet to live up to his second round draft status.
  • Chris Baker came on strong down the stretch, and the Redskins should re-sign him, as he can fill in at both NT and DE.
  • Kedric Golston is a decent backup, and part-time starter, but is not a play maker.
  • Adam Carriker is a good starter, but he can’t stay healthy.
  • Doug Worthington is a developmental prospect.

 

Depth Chart:

DEStephen Bowen, Chris Baker:  I like Baker, and the Redskins should let him compete for the job, but Bowen has been a disappointment since 2011.  An upgrade is needed.  Possibly a free agent or a draft pick.

NTBarry Cofield, Chris Neild:  This position could use a bigger body, but no upgrade needed.

DEJarvis Jenkins, Kedric Golston: Jenkins is a solid starter, but I think Baker is the better player between the two.  Baker might be the upgrade here.

 

Possible Moves:

2014 Top Free Agents -

  • Greg Hardy, DE – Carolina Panthers:  (6-4, 290) Age: 25 - Hardy plays in a 4-3 defense with the Panthers, but at 290 is big enough to play in a 3-4.  Hardy would be an instant impact player at DE for the Redskins.
  • Michael Johnson, DE – Cincinnati Bengals:  (6-7, 270) Age: 26 - Johnson would need to get a little bigger to play in a 3-4, but I’m sure his 6’7 frame could handle it.  And I think the 3-4 may b a better defense for him than a 4-3.  Also, the Redskins may have an in with Johnson, as Jay Gruden coached in Cincinnati last year.
  • Paul Soliai, NT – Miami Dolphins: (6-4, 340) Age: 30 - Soliai is the kind of bigger body that you look for in a nose tackle.  Someone who would command a double team.

2014 Top Draft Prospects -

  • Ra’Shede Hageman, DE – Minnesota – (6-6, 311) – Played defensive tackle in a 4-3 at Minnesota, but seems born to play 3-4 defensive end.  He has tremendous size and athleticism, and could instantly become a difference maker for the Redskins.
  • Stephon Tuitt, DE – Notre Dame – (6-6, 312) – Played in a 3-4 at Notre Dame, so he knows the position.  Like Hageman has both tremendous size and athleticism.  The Redskins don’t have anyone this gifted currently on their roster.

 

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