The Washington Redskins are continuing to meet with some prospects ahead of the draft. Most recently, they brought in Virginia Tech products Tim Settle and Wyatt Teller in for visits.
The Washington Redskins really need to add talent at nose tackle and at left guard. They are two of the team’s biggest remaining needs heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, and it’s highly likely that the team is going to target options at these two positions with their first few picks in the draft.
It’s also worth noting that Virginia Tech has a couple of players that would fit those two needs perfectly. The players are nose tackle Tim Settle and guard Wyatt Teller. Settle projects to be a Day 2 pick in the draft while Teller may be available in Rounds 4 or 5. Both could end up being options for the squad, and the team is appearing to be interested into them.
Per ESPN’s John Keim, the Redskins reportedly brought in Settle and Teller to visit the team. Here’s what Keim said about the visits.
"The Redskins hosted two Virginia Tech players Thursday: defensive lineman Tim Settle and offensive lineman Wyatt Teller. Settle has drawn their interest for a while and could be a second- or third-round choice — in Washington or somewhere. But he fits what the Redskins want: an interior lineman who can help vs. both the run and the pass. If they bypass a lineman in the first round, Settle would be a target in following rounds. Teller, who started at guard, is projected to go somewhere between the third and fifth rounds. His 2016 performance was better than last season, but the former is why he could go higher than anticipated. He’s been on the Redskins’ radar for some time as well."
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While both players could fill needs for the team, only one projects to be a potentially superior value. And that would be Teller.
As Keim mentioned, Teller had a phenomenal year in 2016 before regressing a bit in his final year for the Hokies. Still, he could end up being an immediate starter for the team that selects him. He is a candidate to go in the early fourth round and if the Redskins take him there, he could easily beat out Arie Kouandjio for the starting job at guard.
As for Settle, it’s probable that he will end up being a starter if the Redskins select him. That said, the second round is a bit too early for Settle in this analyst’s opinion. Settle absolutely bombed the Combine and didn’t show the same athleticism he had on tape at Virginia Tech. This is a bit of a red flag and while he can be a dominant player, being ill-prepared for the Combine is never a good sign.
Still, Settle has second round talent, so he should get consideration from the team. It would be safer to take a player like Da’Ron Payne in the first round, as that would guarantee that the Redskins would get a high effort athlete on the line. Regardless, bringing in Settle for a visit was still a good move, as he may be able to impress the coaching staff.
At the end of the day, these were two more good visits by the Redskins. Both Teller and Settle have upside. And while Teller may career the better value, Settle could end up being a solid get if he can demonstrate that he’s a better athlete than he showed at the Combine.