Washington Redskins: Bruce Allen hits homerun with Da’Ron Payne
The Washington Redskins have long had a bad run defense. Their troubles to stuff opposing running backs receive a lot of attention. That is why it was a must that they drafted one of the top two defensive tackles in the 2018 NFL Draft. They were able to accomplish that with the selection of Alabama DT, Da’Ron Payne. Now the Redskins can handle the opposing run game better.
Payne is a big man. He comes in at 6’3” and 311 lbs. The big man was one of the premier run stoppers in this draft. The other was Vita Vea, who was drafted one spot ahead of Payne. These were the two men that the Washington Redskins coveted. The good thing is they were able to land one of them.
Stopping the run while playing in the NFC East is a must. Every team has a solid ground game that will gas a weak defense. Ezekiel Elliot with the Dallas Cowboys, Jay Ajayi with the Philadelphia Eagles, and now Saquon Barkley with the New York Giants are all legit running backs. In order to maintain a competitive level in this division, a big run stopper was a must.
Many fans of the Washington Redskins were not happy with this pick. They wanted the team to select the safety from Florida State, Derwin James. While this would have been a good pick for the Redskins, it was not the need that D-line was. Payne, thus, was a no-brainer.
Since Jay Gruden has taken over the Washington Redskins in 2014, the run defense has been poor. IN fact, their best season was Gruden’s first season when they finished 12th.Since then they have gotten progressively worse with finishes of 26 (2015), 24 (2016), and 32 (2017). Thus the need for a player like Da’Ron Payne.
Payne will team with former teammate Jonathan Allen. When healthy, Allen aided the Redskins run stopping abilities. Hence, teaming Payne with Allen should give the Washington Redskins a formidable front that will make it difficult for opposing offenses.
While the successes of Bruce Allen have been few and far between, he nailed the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Washington Redskins can be a good football team. They must continue their draft success in rounds 2 and 3 on Friday.
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