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Positional Analysis

Despite the late-season surge by the defensive line, it seems likely that Redskins coaches and personnel officials will look closely at defensive linemen in free agency and the draft. Daniels, Wynn and Evans are steady players and, perhaps more importantly, versatile enough to move inside to play tackle if necessary.

Evans is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and his future with the Redskins is uncertain. He turns 27 in March, so he is just entering his prime. Defensive coaches have worked to develop Evans's skills the last two seasons and it seems unlikely they would be reluctant to bring him back.

Is more depth needed at the position? Clemons, Williams and Riley have limited NFL experience. Also, with Daniels turning 33 in March and Wynn turning 31 in September, does the position need an infusion of young talent? Washington has drafted just one defensive end since 1998.


  • Aaron Kampman, Green Bay Packers
  • John Abraham, New York Jets
  • Darren Howard, New Orleans Saints
  • Kimo von Oelhoffen, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tennessee Titans


  • Mario Williams, North Carolina State
  • Tamba Hali, Penn State
  • Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College
  • Darryl Tapp, Virginia
  • Ray Edwards, Purdue


Not sure if the order suggests how the Redskins are rating these guys right now...

But I like that they have Kampman high up. Someone in this forum already sold me on him. Abraham would be great, obviously. Vanden (12.5 sacks, 66 tackles) would do nicely too with what the Skins are trying to do, IMO. Von is older (12 years pro) and has lower sack and tackle totals in 15 games (3.5, 36).

Just to let you know the other guys totals, Abraham had 10.5 sacks and 58 tackles. Howard had 3.5 sacks and 33 tackles in 11 games last year.

I feel Williams, Hali and Kiwanuka are out of the question unless we pull off a big trade to move up (unlikely).

Looks like they really like Tapp (even though they have him listed as going to UVA...nothing could be further from the truth). I thought Tapp was OK, i was more impressed by Kamerion Wimbley and Mannie Lawson during Senior Bowl week.

Hypothetically, I feel like if we added Kampman and Tapp, I would be very excited. Kampman (6.5, 82) would be a solid end that would likely replace Wynn as starter, and Tapp could develop into an end that could give OTs fits and QBs headaches.

What do you guys think?

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Can we afford an expenisive DE. Philip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn aren't getting any younger, so maybe a pass-rush specialist via free agency and/or draft are the best ways to go. Is John Abraham still effective? I think our DEs could all stay fresh if we added him. Daniels isn't even a shoe-in to stay healthy all year.

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I'd just like to give Fitzgerald & redskins.com props for a very useful and informative template for fans who would like a solid, basic analysis and review of the roster, the potential needs, and the player availability at different positions.

This is a great example of a superior treatment by the team's reporting organ than the standard mainstream news article I'd read with a headline like "Redskins May Look At Defensive End." There's no spin, no slant, just the facts, a good set-up, and good info. :applause:

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