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Inside the Numbers - The Redskins Top 2 Picks

May 5, 2017
Before every regular season game – we run a feature titled “Inside the Numbers” previewing the next Redskins game from a statistical and numbers perspective.

With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, we’ll take a two part look at the Redskins ten draft picks with numbers and stats provided by different outlets, so you have a different view of the newest members of the organization.

We’ll start from the top with first-round pick, Jonathan Allen from Alabama via Ashburn, Virginia.

**Allen started in 38-of-50 games at Alabama. He finished with 152 tackles, 44 ½ for loss and 28 full sacks.

**Jonathan had 67 pressures to lead all interior defensive linemen in 2016, according to (PFF).

**His PFF cumulative grade was a 92.1 in 2016 to lead the draft class. Over the last three years, he went from 80.6 (2014) to 83.9 before finishing on the high note of 92.1.

**His pass rush grades went from 80.4 to 84.2 to 93.4 over the last three seasons. His run defense grades went from 76.2 to 80.2 to 86.5, per PFF, out of 100.0.

** (ITP) gave Allen a 2.0 grade, which along with Malik McDowell is the highest grade they gave for interior defensive linemen. On their scale, lower is better.

**He benched 225 pounds 21 times at the Scouting Combine.

**ITP gave Allen “Trait Grades” of 3 for “Athletic Ability,” 2 for “Football Intel”, 1 for “Toughness”, 3 for “Play Strength”, 2 for “Play Speed”, 2 for “Burst”, 3 for “Run Defense”, 3 for “Pass Rush” and 2 for “Vision/Recognition”

**As a guide for the above “Trait Grades” – 1 is “Rare”, 2 is “Excellent” and 3 is “Very Good”.

Now, second-round pick, also from Alabama, Ryan Anderson.

**Anderson racked up 22 sacks (counting partial sacks as full), 27 QB hits and 80 hurries on 703 pass rushing snaps at Alabama, per PFF. He also had 128 tackles with 40 for loss.

**In three years, Anderson missed only 12 tackles per PFF, despite playing 1,225 snaps.

*** Anderson’s cumulative grade went from 78.4 to 83.8 to 84.1 per PFF over his three years with the Crimson Tide. His pass rushing grades went from 75.7 to 81.9 to 82.2 from 2014 through 2016. His run defensive grades were relatively steady between 80.0 and 82.3 out of 100.0 and his coverage only got better and better. He went from a 58.6 to 69.1 to 76.2 over the last three seasons.

**The new Redskins linebacker had a 13.8 “Pass Rush Productivity” (PRP) for 19 th in the draft class at the edge position. He was 17 th at his position in “Run Stop %” and 42 nd at his position in 3 rd Down PRP.

**Anderson was 27 th in the fourth quarter in PRP and had a 14.9 3-point stance PRP, good for 14 th among edge players in PFF’s Advanced Stats.

**Anderson’s arm length is only 31 ½ which is concerning, especially at the NFL level where some guys are engulfed quickly by tackles and even some tight ends with 33-35 inch arms.

** Per ITP, Anderson’s “Trait Grades” look like this: His “athletic ability” and “Bend + Flex” is an alarming 6 which seems to match up with the three-cone and other signs. His “Burst/Explode” is a 5. His “Football Intel”, “Toughness” and “Play Strength” are all at a 2 level.

**He was the first number 49 overall pick made by the Redskins since 1982. Anderson was the 59 th linebacker chosen by the Redskins in the common draft era (since 1967)

**I don’t pay much attention to combine drills, but many do. It’s worth noting that Anderson ran a 7.73 3-cone drill.

**The top linebacker in 2017 for that drill was Tyus Bowser at 6.75. Bowser is listed about five pounds lighter than Anderson. T.J. Watt, a late first round pick did his three-cone in 6.79. Watt is listed as the same weight as Anderson. 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network ( & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN