2017 NFL Draft: Potential Washington Redskins Target Caleb Brantley Recently Arrested
Caleb Brantley was set to be one of the Washington Redskins top targets in Round 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. Now, he might fall due to some off the field concerns.
The Washington Redskins have a desperate need at the nose tackle position. There is no denying it. They are widely expected to target the position in the 2017 NFL Draft, and one of their top targets was expected to be Caleb Brantley of Florida. Brantley, a massive defensive tackle, was widely considered to the be a second round pick with first round potential. Most recently, we had mocked Brantley to the Redskins at No. 49 overall and said the following of him:
"Brantley would likely have to play nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, but he is not a perfect fit there. He would be best in a 4-3 alignment, as he needs to pack on more weight to be an effective nose tackle. The Redskins may believe that Jim Tomsula could coach him up, but that could prove to be difficult."
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Brantley was already a shaky fit for the team, Montravius Adams is the guy who could really be the best nose tackle, and now there are reports that Brantley had been arrested recently for misdemeanor assault. This came per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Twitter, and he also released the police report as well.
According to the report, Brantley, listed as the defendant, got into a verbal altercation with the victim and later punched her in the face. He knocked her unconscious and a tooth came out of her mouth as well. The report also lists that Brantley acted in retaliation and used excessive force.
This could prove to add a huge hit to Brantley’s draft stock. NFL teams are extremely wary of players with violent pasts at the moment, and the fact that this happened so close to the draft is potentially damning for Brantley. Some may point to Joe Mixon‘s status as a potential second round pick as a reason for Brantley not to worry, but Mixon’s incident occurred nearly three years ago. Brantley’s is just weeks old, and it shows teams that he might not have the ability to stay out of trouble in the league. Especially since the draft is a mere four days away.
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At the end of the day, the Redskins interest in Brantley may evaporate after this. Perhaps they would consider him in the middle rounds, but this incident should ensure that Brantley falls out of the second round, barring any more developments in the story. We will keep you posted on the latest news here at Riggo’s Rag.