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Defensive Linemen Falling, Which is Good for Redskins

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A few shockers early have proven beneficial to the Redskins, who still have plenty of defensive line options.

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The Redskins are in dire need of help of the defensive line. This draft has one of the deepest defensive line classes in recent history. That's good news.

Through the first 10 picks, not a single defensive lineman was drafted, aside from edge rushers Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner. Neither Bosa nor Buckner had a chance to be there at No. 21 when the Redskins draft. This is also good news.

The more the defensive linemen slip, the more the Redskins can afford to trade down without risk of losing out on one of the top options, such as A'Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Sheldon Rankins, Andrew Billings, Chris Jones, Vernon Butler and many, many more. In addition, the longer skill players such as Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson and Vernon Hargreaves are on the board, the likelier it is that another team will get tempted and make a move to trade up for them.

At this point, the Redskins are virtually guaranteed to get either a top defensive lineman, a top skill player or free-falling Laremy Tunsil, if they opt to keep their pick. All of that would be great news.