Ranking the Redskins Defensive Line Options

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Taking a look at where the Redskins current defensive linemen rank.

I've already ranked all the offensive positions, so here are some defensive positions to discuss right before the draft. Remember this is based on how these players would rank throughout the league, and is based on what can be reasonably expected of them for this coming season. Contract status and future potential really aren't considered in these rankings.

For a Full Breakdown on why I ranked the Players where I did check out my full posts:

Defensive Tackles| Defensive Ends

Tier 1:

Description: Top level starter, at elite or near elite level, absolute lock to both make the team and start. Won't face any competition for his job.

Applicable Redskins: None

Tier 2:

Description: Quality starter who may have some minor struggles in a given year, but overall is a good football player. Should both easily make the team and start.

Applicable Redskins: Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen

Tier 3:

Description: Passable starter, can play the position and be okay, but won't consistently play at a high level. Will be streaky throughout the season and over the course of many seasons. Depending on position would be better served as a good role player, or would be the best reserve player at a position. Should make the team, though not a lock and should face competition for a starting job.

Applicable Redskins: Jarvis Jenkins

Tier 4:

Description: Replacement level starter. This is a guy who could start in a pinch or as a long-term injury replacement but will max out as an average starter, and will probably be below average. He's a guy who could be okay as a short term filler, but over an extended period will struggle. Depending on position could be a solid player, or would be a good back-up. Has a decent chance to make the team, and could get a look at a starting job, but nothing is set in stone for him.

Applicable Redskins: Adam Carriker

Tier 5:

Description: Solid back-up caliber player. Shouldn't really ever start, and would be below average in that capacity, but can be a short term injury replacement. Shouldn't even be much of a role player depending on the position, their best value is in their reliability as a replacement. Depending on the position, should be capable of backing up multiple positions or roles to increase their value. Has a chance to make the team, but really shouldn't be considered a starting option at all.

Applicable Redskins: Chris Baker, Chris Neild, Ron Brace, Kedric Golston, Doug Worthington

Tier 6:

Description: Replacement level player. Not considered at all for a starting role, and isn't even considered a viable back-up. Really only has a shot to make the team if injuries thin out the competition. Overall has a poor chance to make a roster, and is a player who will likely be replaced during the season.

Applicable Redskins: Chigbo Anunoby, Phillip Merling, Dominque Hamilton

What do you think? Where would you rank the Redskins defensive linemen?

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