In 2016, the Washington Redskins use a second-round pick on defender Su’a Cravens. He plays numerous positions. Meanwhile, he moves to safety in 2017 after a year at linebacker. In this day and age flexibility is a big asset on defense. Hence, look at Deone Bucannon of the Arizona Cardinals. In three seasons he is in the secondary and now linebacker. University of Michigan performer Jabrill Peppers is similar. Hence, he winds up a first-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns.
So Bruce Allen uses a seventh-round pick on a similar player in April. Josh Harvey-Clemons begins his career at the University of Georgia. However, he plays the last two years with the Louisville Cardinals. He gets an opportunity to aid the ‘Skins defense, now led by coordinator Greg Manusky. He speaks about playing the dime linebacker position with Nicholas Tolisano of Redskins.com.
“I am very comfortable in it. This past year was the first year I actually played the linebacker in the dime and I fell in love with it in camp. I really love both positions and I am grateful that I am able to play both…I like playing closer to the line to make tackles and I also like being further back and reading the quarterback’s eyes.
Harvey-Clemons adds, “I am really looking forward to it and seeing how I will be used in the Redskins defense.”
The Washington Redskins use their first three picks on defensive end Jonathan Allen, linebacker Ryan Anderson and cornerback Fabian Moreau. Meanwhile, Bruce Allen selects Harvey-Clemons and defensive back Josh Holsey in round seven. All told, the former is an intriguing performer who may surprise some.
Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.