Washington Redskins Likely Have To Find Nose Tackle In NFL Draft
Who Could The Draft Targets Be?
The top target for the Redskins at the nose tackle position should be Montravius Adams. The Auburn product has ideal size and athleticism and could be a true difference maker for the team.
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Adams had a great final season with the Tigers, in which he recorded 39 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He is a solid run stuffer but also does offer some decent pass rushing ability thanks to his athleticism. Adams would have position versatility in a 3-4 defense, and could play any position up front. Most importantly, he has the size to be a nose tackle.
The major concern with Adams is his work ethic and motor. Though he quelled some of the concerns with a solid Senior Bowl and Combine, he needs to make sure that he is not taking plays off. Adams looks like a second round pick who could end up being one of the steals of the draft.
If the Redskins choose not to go with Adams, they will have to take a later round option. Players that could be on their board include the highly versatile Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama and two down run defender Elijah Qualls out of Washington. Neither have the same upside as Adams, but they could be capable starters.
No matter what, the Redskins need to make sure they do something about their nose tackle position during the 2017 NFL Draft. If they do not, their defense will once again have a glaring hole. The Redskins have missed on some chances to add a quality nose tackle, but they really cannot afford to blow their final great opportunity prior to the 2017 NFL season.