Washington Redskins: 5 draft prospects who could start right away
By Ian Cummings
No. 1 – DL Vita Vea – Washington
For Vita Vea to be selected by the Washington Redskins, versatility is key.
The Washington Redskins run a base 3-4 scheme, but they often divert into nickel packages, omitting the need for a true nose tackle on every play. Thus, versatility among personnel is an important commodity, and Vita Vea of the Washington Huskies would provide that and more.
Vea, 6-foot-5, 340, has the sheer size to overwhelm any lineman that comes his way. But don’t be fooled by this and think he’s slow. Vea has devastating burst at the line, and his motor runs high for the entire play. His physical traits are beyond dominant, and he’s shown that he can provide an impact anywhere on the line.
If Vea is available at No. 13, he could potentially be the final piece in the rebuilding of the Redskins’ defensive line. With Matt Ioannidis, Jonathan Allen, and Vita Vea all rotating in at defensive tackle in nickel schemes, and with Vea serving as a nose tackle in base 3-4, the defense would have a constantly rotating roster of young, exciting defensive linemen. Couple this with the continued development of Anthony Lanier, and you have a unit to be feared.
Next: 7 prospects to watch during the Senior Bowl today
These five players are just several who could start for the Washington Redskins, but in reality, nothing is set in stone. Every draft has players that fall, but emerge on the most prestigious stage in all of sports. The next sneak peek at these players is the Senior Bowl, which takes place at 3:00 PM EST today. Make sure you don’t miss a second of it!