Redskins UDFA Spotlight: Ryan Bee is a productive sack artist with a tough roster battle
How Bee fits with the Redskins
This is the biggest question that needs to be answered. While Bee has talent and upside, finding him a role with the team might be difficult.
Right now, the Redskins are stacked on the defensive line. Former first-round picks Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne appear to be one of the best interior tandems in the NFL, and the recently re-signed Matt Ioannidis is very good as well. That trio will continue to generate interior pressure, and they will eat up a majority of the snaps.
Behind Allen, Payne, and Ioannidis, the ‘Skins have a couple of other former Day 3 picks in Tim Settle and Caleb Brantley. Both were considered to be early-round talents in their draft classes, but they fell for a variety of reasons. Settle seems to be entrenched as the top backup while Brantley, who was claimed off waivers prior to last season, would be the replacement for Stacy McGee, who was cut this offseason.
Because of the presence of these five players, it may be hard for Bee to find a spot on the roster. He could sneak on as a sixth man on the interior defensive line, but he will have to compete with JoJo Wicker, who spent last season on the practice squad, for that spot. Additionally, two other undrafted free agents, Jonathan Bonner and Austin Maloata, will push Bee for reps.
Still, Bee has enough talent to earn the role as a developmental player on the defensive line. And at the very least, he could get consideration for the practice squad. If Jim Tomsula likes Bee enough, he could try to develop him in hopes of turning him into a solid backup or maybe even a starter.
Bee has the most upside of any undrafted free agent on the Redskins roster. Now, it’s just a matter of figuring out whether or not he will be able to find a role at one of the depth chart’s most crowded positions.