2016 NFL Draft: 5 First-Round Prospects Redskins Must Target

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Noah Spence
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EKU OLB Noah Spence

This offseason, the Redskins should have adding more pass rushers near the top of their priority list. Throughout the 2015 campaign, they often struggled to keep opposing quarterbacks on their heels, and that needs to change if they plan on staying atop the NFC East in 2016. So what’s the way to fix that? Draft a quick, explosive outside linebacker with the ability to rack up sacks in a hurry.

Based on what we saw during the Senior Bowl, Spence has the potential to be all of that and more. The Eastern Kentucky product has all of the tools to be a dominant edge rusher at the next level. He’s an outstanding athlete with impressive burst off the edge, and used his talents to victimize some of the nation’s best offensive tackles that week.

As long as the Redskins feel confident Spence has moved on from the drug issues that got him kicked off the Ohio State team, he’s a risk worth taking. He offers elite edge rushing abilities and the athleticism to make plays all over the field. If the Redskins are lucky enough for him to fall to No. 21, they’d be smart to scoop him up.

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