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.
DE – Stephen 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.
NT – Barry Cofield, Chris Neild: This position could use a bigger body, but no upgrade needed.
DE – Jarvis 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.
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.