The 5 Worst Starters on the Redskins Roster Right Now

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Will Compton
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ILB Will Compton

I really don’t want to take anything away from Compton–the former undrafted free agent showed steady improvement this past season, and appeared to hold his own when thrust into the starting role. If you were just looking at his stat sheet (96 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception), you’d think he was a star for the Redskins during the 2015 campaign.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t quite the case. While the stats look great, it’s easy for subpar linebackers to rack up large amounts of tackles. Making 100 tackles on 5-10 yard runs isn’t nearly as impressive as making 50 tackles on 0-3 yard runs. Compton earned horrid grades as a run defender from ProFootballFocus, and didn’t grade out much better in pass coverage.

Compton is an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, and will likely be retained by the Redskins to maintain some depth at the position. However, seeing as Washington will be looking for upgrades via both free agency and the 2016 NFL Draft, I don’t see Compton getting too many starts next season barring a number of injuries at the position.