Round 2, Pick 56 (2006 NFL Draft)
Weight: 309 lbs
Fans bemoaned the Redskins offensive line last year and when a unit fails, fans naturally want change. Chris Chester was probably the Redskins second best offensive lineman two years ago but he took a step backwards last year. However, guys like Will Montgomery, Tyler Polumbus, and Kory Lichtensteiger drew the ire and wrath of fans the most and with good reason. The unit as a whole failed last year, but unlike many other positions in football, the offensive line really is a "unit." I believe Chris Chester is better than he showed last year and I believe his substandard performance was largely a product of the unit with which he played. I mean, he had Will Montgomery on one side and Tyler Polumbus on the other side. What'd you expect? I think letting him go would be a mistake. What I'm trying to say is Chris Chester is still a decent lineman and definitely one of the top three on the team.
There are other guys on the roster capable of playing Guard and for a much cheaper price tag, but look at the other options. Spencer Long is a rookie coming off injury. Gettis and LeRibeus are young, inexperienced, and haven't proven a thing. McGlynn is almost certainly better suited in a reserve role thanks to his versatility to play Center as well as Guard. The offensive line may very well be the second most important unit on this team and is charged with protecting the franchise. I want an experienced, decent player starting at Guard who's been there before and has proven he is capable of playing very well. Chester is still in his prime and fits the bill.
Chester has proven himself as a good run blocker and decent in pass protection. We know what Morris can do with this guy in front of him and with an improved RGIII and a coach who knows offense and will almost certainly make it a priority for RGIII to get rid of the ball quickly, I think Chester makes a good starter along the line. I think he's in for a good season. He's proven to be durable, reliable, and has been a mainstay at the RG position since coming here. He's got enough size that Gruden likes in an offensive lineman and I think he retains his starting spot for another year.
Roster Prediction: Making Roster:
I believe Chester is the starting RG for the 2014 Washington Redskins. He's going to make the team and I don't think anyone can honestly convince themselves that we have 3-4 better options at G. He's still in his prime at 31 years old and has been very durable throughout his career. He's experienced having played in 121 games and started 95. He's better than most people give him credit for and his steady, reliable presence will be a good thing for the offensive line.
Chris was born and raised in Tustin, CA. He was a TE for his first three years in college before converting to G and at the 2006 NFL Draft Combine, he was the fastest OL there (4.83 40). He has played both G and TE in the NFL and spent a fair amount of time practicing at C. His speed and mobility make him a perfect fit in the zone-blocking run scheme. Chris is also a devout Christian. Judging by his Twitter, he seems like an all-around good guy who values camaraderie with his fellow offensive linemen, has a pretty good sense of humor, and got into the World Cup.
I do it for my family and my brothers in the trenches #KnowYourWhy— Chris Chester (@chesterchris66) July 20, 2014