Washington Redskins Outlook: First Round Linebacker Is The Best Option
Why A First Round Pick May Be Necessary
In addition to the top heavy free agent linebacker class, there seems to be a dearth of talent at in the middle to later rounds of the draft for linebackers. A few of the guys outside of the top four had solid performances at the Senior Bowl, but frankly they are still projects for the next level. Duke Riley and Alex Anzalone have potential, but they are just not yet ready.
The Redskins and their coaching staff need players who can help them out now. Jay Gruden could end up on the hot seat if the Redskins cannot improve in 2017, so drafting projects is not in the best interest of the team. They need to get an early round linebacker who can make an immediate impact. Waiting is not an option.
For that reason, the Redskins will probably look to take a linebacker in the first round of the NFL draft. If they can land Cunningham in the draft and Bennie Logan in free agency, then they could be an entirely different team in 2017.