That's a good question, but there's an easy answer: You can't ignore 25 percent of the defensive snaps. It would be foolish to think they can just get by with anyone at certain spots. Also, what the Redskins want is athletic, young, big linemen. They have no linemen under 25 years old, and that needs to change. Plus, to generate a consistent pass rush, you need to keep players fresh, and the more good players you have the better you can accomplish that goal. Aside from Chris Baker, which player is a lock to start up front? Stephen Paea? Based on his contract, yes, but he lost his job last season. Kedric Golston? He received no signing bonus and is therefore easy to cut if he doesn't prove in camp that he can still play. Ricky Jean Francois? A solid rotational guy. Kendall Reyes? He's on a one-year deal and struggled the past couple years.
There has been plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down from their top draft pick, No. 21 in the first round, in order to get more picks. Scot McCloughan has let it be known that he wants to turn his current stash of eight draft picks into at least a dozen. Let's look at a couple of scenarios involving that first-round pick.
Of course, the season doesn't start today. It is nearly certain that the Redskins will bring in at least one and possibly two or three defensive linemen in the draft. Outside linebacker Trent Murphy may play some snaps at end, although he likely won't be an option in the base defense. And they could always bring in a veteran free agent or two if they want to create some more competition.
"When I talked to Scot McCloughan he basically told me I would be a great fit," Davis said in an interview on ESPN 980. "He believes in me. He knows that I can come there and contribute and help the team win football games. I've been knowing Scot McCloughan for so long. We've always been on the same page and been able to cultivate the relationship that we've had over the years."
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