Weight: 225 lbs.
Troy Dye is a rangy, athletic, instinctive linebacker that quickly identifies plays and gets there. He fits the mold of a versatile defender that can track down mobile quarterbacks and cover opposing running backs in the flat that many NFL teams are looking for. He’s quick at getting around the edge and has shown the ability to persist and not give up on plays.
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One knock on Dye is his relatively light frame, which means he can be pushed around and bodied by larger players. This limits his ability to generate pressure when rushing inside. By adding weight and strength, Dye can improve in this area, but he’ll likely never be an intimidating force in the middle.
Why he may fit with Washington:
Washington must upgrade at linebacker in its first year under head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, and Dye appears to fill an area of need for the ’Skins. A player like Dye could be a building block on defense along with defensive line standouts like Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne as well as linebacker Montez Sweat. An immediate injection of speed and relentlessness in the middle of the defense could lead to more wins in the 2020-21 season.
Troy Dye is tailor-made to chase down running quarterbacks and shifty ball carriers in a 4-3 scheme, as his speed and quickness are his best traits, which is why he may be a logical fit in Washington.
Projected Round: 3rd