Defense should be the move for the Skin’s in 2016

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While the acquisition’s of Tight End Vernon Davis , and  Offensive Tackle Brandon Scherff should prove to be a great assistance to Washington’s offense. While these picks are seemingly great transactions,questions are still floating as to what will be done in regards to reparations towards the left tackle and guard positions,The Redskins have a history of imminently ignoring their need O-Line, Hopefully this year will be different? With the recent acquisition’s of Veteran CB Greg Toler and Kendall Reyes, the Redskins draft transaction flow is quite naturally proving to be a diverse one. The Skin’s need to continue to balance their strong Offensive acquisitions , with acquisitions of spry ,imposing defensive talent. Defensive talent that will dictate the pace,philosophy and motivations of each game.

In examining and subconsciously articulating the way Football has been played in the last 3 Seasons, I have visually determined that Defense is whats most consistent with wins in regular season and playoffs alike. While I noted earlier that balance is important ,with An Emphasis on Defense the Redskins are destined to succeed and make for tough opponents. I have picked my top 3 Defensive College Football Players that will positively affect the redskins in 2016, If they are given the opportunity.

3. DT Sheldon Rankins -Louisville-

COMBINE RESULTS
(40 YD)    (20 YD)   (225 BENCH)   (VERTICAL) (SHUTTLE)    ( 3-CONE DRILL)
^ 5.03 ^   ^ 2.89 ^       ^28^        ^ 34 1/2 ^     ^ 4.59 ^            ^ 7.44 ^

Rankings has had a very promising college football career, he is projected to be drafted some point in the first round.Rankins started all 13 games and finished the season with 13 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks among his 58 tackles, along with 1 pass breakup, 4 quarterback hits and 1 fumble recovery.I see him as a great potential trade acquisition.

2. DE Shawn Oakman -Baylor

COMBINE RESULTS
(40 YD)  (20 YD)  (225 BENCH) (SHUTTLE) ( 3-CONE DRILL)

^ 4.96  ^ 2.90 ^  ^ 23 32 ^      ^ 4.56 ^     ^ 7.53 ^

Projected to draft in the 3rd round. Oakman is often celebrated for his incredible physique. Along with maturing and a glowing attitude adjustment, came some frustrating results in terms of power. Oakmen needs to get stronger, his wide frame alone will not sustain him in the NFL. But! What impresses me about Oakman is the fact that he is extremely flexible, flexibility goes a long way at DE. This could be a great addition to Washington’s evolving defensive presence. In 2014 he emerged with 19.5 tackles, he has struggled to maintain that exceeding level of intensity at his position simply because his job at Baylor was redefined. But as a defensive blocker he has no trouble holding his own, dupping and stunning O-Line’s with his agility.

1.) DeAndre Howard -Carson – William and Mary

(40 YD) (20 YD) (225 BENCH) (SHUTTLE) ( 3-CONE DRILL)

4.54 2.65 – 13 32 1/2 – 4.28 7.15

As a standout out progressive at FS for The University of William and Mary ,FCS All-American free safety as a senior led his team with 109 tackles in 2015 and was the leading defensive back in the Colonial Athletic Association with an average of 8.4 tackles per game.The four-year starter finished his career with 293 tackles, 10 interceptions and nine blocks, and earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He proves to be a stronger hitter than tackler(i.e. he enjoys putting the hurtin’ on people). Its this type of attitude that I  would like to see take form as the model , for the Redskins defensive narrative. Hard-nosed – Smashing – Abrasive – Nasty – Football!!

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