5 Washington Redskins position battles to watch during 2017 offseason
4. Nose Tackle: Phil Taylor vs. The Field
This would be one of the most exciting position battles on the team if they had even one notable player at the position. Currently, the Redskins lack a true nose tackle. Their projected starter right now may be Phil Taylor, a former first rounder for the Cleveland Browns who has not played a snap since 2014. Taylor had a lot of upside before injuries sapped him of his ability to play, and there is a chance that he could make an impact if healthy.
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In truth, there is not a lot of competition for Taylor. The team might be hoping that Joey Mbu can become a backup, but realistically he is a try hard player without a proven track record of success. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins has the size that teams typically look for in nose tackles at 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, so maybe if he impresses in the preseason, he could get a shot.
Another option is to continue to play veterans out of position until they find a real solution. Ziggy Hood manned the spot last year, but it would be a major mistake to let him work their again. Perhaps one of the team’s free agent acquisitions, Terrell McClain or Stacy McGee, could play the position. Neither is a great fit, but McGee may be able to hold down the fort thanks to his run stuffing prowess.
In short, this position is totally unpredictable. That will make it fun to watch as the Redskins try to fill their biggest roster hole.