The Redskins have been stocking up on Alabama defenders recently and that trend could continue in this year's draft. Washington was one of several teams that LB Mack Wilson visited pre-draft.
The Redskins will have two former Alabama ILBs on the roster this year with last year's 6th round pick Shaun Dion-Hamilton looking like a steal. Reuben Foster is not getting suspended after he was claimed on waivers following his release from the 49ers for a domestic violence incident where charges were dropped. Washington also just picked up safety Landon Collins, and third-year OLB Ryan Anderson could be starting this season. The Redskins also have the Alabama Wall, defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and DaRon Payne.
Do the Redskins need Mack Wilson this season? He will likely be gone in the 2nd round which would be a high pick for another ILB, but Wilson is a very good player who would be with the team for years. Foster has dealt with shoulder injuries during his career, and Dion-Hamilton has his own injury history. Wilson is a young, talented player who can be depth early, and be a starter when needed.
Mack Wilson, one of six Alabama players who could go in the first round, visited Chargers, Saints, Washington https://t.co/9Qtxcz14Bc— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 19, 2019
Typical Alabama linebacker who plays with some edge
Good with his hands to punch and play off blocks
Able to unlock hips and explode into blockers or deftly slip them
Anticipates run-lane choice and quick to respond to bounce-outs
Good pursuit burst with easy change of direction
Plays through blockers with his eyes
Can trigger downhill into leaky zone gaps
Able to cover tight ends and running backs
Fluid in drop coverage with ball skills like a receiver
Can make acrobatic catches with six interceptions over two years
Shows some feel as blitzer
Plus special teams talent
Might be too mechanical in his approach at times
Limited number of instinctive shots into gaps
Needs to prove he can play with feel and make plays
Had just 7 tackles for loss over last two seasons
Still deciphering when to attack block and when to slip it
Will side-step block on second level and inadvertently widen run lane
Needs to get into climbing blockers earlier to constrict the run lane
Had issues getting off of blocks and leveraging gaps against Georgia