Washington Redskins: Predicting Their Defensive Depth Chart for the 2013 Season

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Washington Redskins: Predicting Their Defensive Depth Chart for the 2013 Season
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London Fletcher is the heart and soul of Washington's defense.

The defense of the Washington Redskins was a bit lackluster last season, but things are looking up. 

A large part of their lack of defensive success was due to the injuries to stud pass-rusher Brian Orakpo and his counterpart Adam Carriker. Aside from that, there is not much room for excuses. 

The secondary was terrible, and the pass rush was pretty mediocre behind Ryan Kerrigan. For these reasons, Washington made defense a priority during this year's draft. 

Four of their first five picks were defensive players, including three defensive backs. Ironically, their later round picks may end up getting more time on the field than their second rounder, David Amerson

Amerson is a good player with great upside, but he will be coming in behind three solid corners in DeAngelo Hall, E.J. Biggers and Josh Wilson. Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas will likely battle for one of the safety spots, but don’t be surprised if they both are starters right away. 

When it comes down to it, there is a lot to be hopeful for if you’re the Redskins in terms of defense. The front seven is stocked with solid veterans, and the addition of Brandon Jenkins through the draft will improve the quality of their pass rush. 

While veterans fill most of the positions throughout the defense, there are definitely some young guys who could push them for a starting spot. 

Overall, Washington’s defense could (and frankly should) see a big turnaround this year.

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