There are about 90 players on the roster of the Washington Redskins right now, but the team will have to trim down to a final roster of 53 before the start of the 2016 season. Here is an early look at what that roster might look like, position by position. This time we cover the offensive line. Starters in bold.
ON THE ROSTER: Cody Booth, Kevin Bowen, Takoby Cofield, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Trent Williams
LIKELY TO MAKE THE ROSTER: Takoby Cofield, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Trent Williams
ANALYSIS: Some thought the Skins would invest in their offensive line at least once or twice in the 2016 NFL Draft, but it didn’t happen. GM Scot McCloughan would have love to have drafted Alabama center Ryan Kelly in the first round, but the Indianapolis Colts got to him first. That means Washington will return much the same offensive line in 2016 as they had the year before. That’s bad in that it means they didn’t upgrade with new talent. On the other hand, another year together for the same players generally yields positive results in the NFL, as line mates get to know each other better and can operate as a unit more easily.
Trent Williams has been named to four Pro Bowls already in his career and at almost 28 years old, he should be in his prime for several more years, at least. Williams plays great when he’s healthy and still plays pretty well when he’s not healthy and rarely misses a game.
Morgan Moses made big strides in 2015, arguably the biggest pleasant surprise of the year for Washington, apart from Kirk Cousins. While Moses gave up more sacks than any other lineman, his five sacks yielded was nine fewer than the right tackle position gave up in 2014. He’s got the physical skills to lock down the right tackle position for years, which would put Washington’s offensive line in very good shape.
Ty Nsehke unexpectedly made the team last year as, basically, a 30-year-old rookie. If you saw that coming you’re smarter than I am. He can and did fill in for both Williams and Moses, which makes him far more valuable than any tackle that cannot swing between the left and right sides of the line. He’s not so young or talented that we can assume he will be on the final roster, but he did well enough last year that he’s got the inside track over any competitors.
Takoby Cofield made the practice squad last year, but I think he’s got a good chance to make the 53-man roster this season. The Skins kept four tackles last season, but Tom Compton, the team’s fourth tackle in 2015, has moved on. Basically, Cofield needs to replace Compton and I think he can do it.
Kevin Bowen is a 6’9″ and 330-pound undrafted free agent goliath that understandably destroyed defenders at his small college, but he’s probably not ready for the bodies he will face in the NFL. A year marinating in the pro game on the practice squad would probably be good for him.