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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects

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who could contribute to the Redskins"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsOutstandingNew Kelvin Harmon Jersey 2019 ,40commentsHogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects who could contribute to the RedskinsEDTShareTweetShareShareZach Allen Would Solidify Skins Identity & Make The Sole Strength Of The Team OutstandingBrian Fluharty-USA TODAY SportsZach Allen, DLSchool: Boston College | Conference: ACCCollege Experience: Senior | Age: 21Height / Weight: 6-4 / 281 lbsProjected Draft Status: 2nd RoundNFL Comparison: Supersized Ryan KerriganCollege StatisticsPlayer OverviewZach Allen was originally committed to Northwestern before he pulled his commitment and switched to Boston College because he wanted to play closer to home. The 3-star prospect from New Caanan, Connecticut received offers from Yale, Princeton, Cornell, and Harvard just to name the Ivy Leagues so it should be no surprise that he received academic honors at Boston College every year of his college career. On the field Allen has played every position on the defensive line. After playing primarily special teams his freshman year he set impressive benchmarks from himself his sophomore year. His junior year he did what few defensive linemen have ever done and legitimized himself as a NFL prospect when he was able to hit the 100 tackle threshold. This past season he showed what a pass rushing force he is while showing off he well-rounded he is in defending the run and creating turnovers. The big knock on Allen was that many doubted his athleticism. He showed at the Combine that it should not be much of a concern overall though he may fit best in certain schemes. He is considered a borderline 1st round prospect.StrengthsGood size, length, and athleticism for a defensive end prospect.Plays in a disciplined and measured way. Aware of whats happening on the play. Rarely gets moved off his spot or takes himself out of plays with erratic movements. Strong at establishing contain on his side of the line. As a pass rusher he can generate a lot of power from his lower body to help collapse the pocket. Can dip his shoulder underneath the offensive tackle to help beat him and turn the corner to pursue uses length to bring guys down.Hands are always active in the passing lane and he can disrupt the vision and accuracy of the QB as well as cause some deflections.Played everywhere on the defensive line. Consistent and high effort player. WeaknessesAgility and quickness don’t pass the eye test. Like our own Ryan Kerrigan this guy could be a pro bowler but may never quite hit the next level because of athletic limitations. Really tight and stiff in his lower body.Has tweener size. Likely a better fit as a 4-3 base end but without the twitch. Can fit in a 3-4 base but will have size concerns.Needs to improve functional strength because of the above. Let’s see his work:More Zach Allen videosHow He Would Fit On The RedskinsRyan Kerrigan and Supersized Ryan Kerrigan ought to make for an interesting dynamic in the Redskins front 7. A lot of things point to Allen becoming a good player especially over time. He is fundamentally sound. He doesn’t have to come off the field in passing downs. He’s a smart and active player. While I can see him playing strong side defensive end here with exception to Jonathan Allen the current Redskins DL starters all came into the league with better measured functional strength than Z Allen. The bench press is certainly no foolproof indicator of the strength of a player but you can see after watching Allen how much more effective he would be if this area was improved. Size might have also been a concern a few years ago but at 281 he is 5 lbs lighter than Jon Allen. I think Zach could make that work out. He plays with a really good football IQ and could come in and contribute to the rotation immediately. His abilities would certainly help the Redskins contain in the run game and he does bring a valuable dynamic as a pass rusher as well. While it certainly would rub some people the wrong way to spend another top pick on this position group the fact is that they are the identity of the team and quite frankly their ability to remain healthy and fresh will determine the overall success of the defense. Jon Allen and Daron Payne both played at least 75% of the snaps last year on defense only two other pairs of teammates did that last year (Suh and Donald | Myles Garrett and Ogunjobi re: Football Outsiders). Other team defenses simply swap out their guys more frequently than the Skins do (no doubt offensive success plays a role as well). Another investment in the DL would only strengthen what is the identity and key deciding factor in team success. "Rahming is an undersized, explosive skill player who could line up as a slot receiver at the next level but must make it on special teams." — DraftAnalyst.com"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTJames FitzGeraldShareTweetShareShareWashington Redskins 2019 UDFA profile - T.J. Rahming, WR, DukeJustin Ford-USA TODAY SportsThis past week, the Redskins drafted two wideouts -- Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon — to join a group of mostly middling receivers left over from last season.The best receiver on the Redskins ‘18 roster, former Duke Blue Devil Jamison Crowder, is now a New York Jet.Click this link to access all 2018 and 2019 Undrafted Free Agent profiles on Hogs HavenDuke may be a basketball powerhouse from the ACC, but as any NFC East fan knows, Duke is not a football powerhouse, and the last player from that school to be drafted by an NFL team and play in an NFL game was, in fact, former Redskin Jamison Crowder. Well, the Redskins are hoping that Blue lightning can strike again in the form of another Duke receiver, this time of the undrafted variety.Let me introduce you to T.J. Rahming.Rahming led Duke in 2018 across all categories with 75 catches for 811 yards and eight touchdowns. Since he wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, his comparative workout numbers can be a bit hard to come by; I’ve seen a range of 40 times reported for Rahming ( ESPN: 4.41; DraftAnalyst: 4.43; CBS Sports: 4.47; DraftScout reports “Low: 4.55 Time: 4.64 High: 4.71”). For reference, here are recorded times for some of the Redskins other receivers, including a former Redskin and current Eagle known for his speedesean Jackson: 4.35Terry McLaurin: 4.35Paul Richardson: 4.40Robert Davis: 4.44Josh Doctson: 4.50Trey Quinn: 4.55Kelvin Harmon: 4.60To put some perspective on that, had Rahming run 4.47 at the combine, it would have tied him for 15th among wideouts, equal with Jaylen Smith and one spot ahead of Hakeem Butler.A 4.64 time, by contrast, would make him even slower than Kelvin Harmon, who is not fleet of foot; it is known.Most of what I read about him indicates that he’s fast — and that the middle of the 4.4 - 4.5 range is probably the most correct.Rahming is a small guy; he stands 5-foot-10, 170 pounds - roughly the same size as Desean Jackson and Jamison Crowder —so he needs to be fast, or tough, or both.If he is going to play in the NFL, T.J. Rahming will likely have to do it as a slot receiver in the mold of Crowder, as he doesn’t seem likely to unseat the the recently drafted and blistering fast Terry McLaurin. However, in addition to competing with draft picks McLaurin and Harmon, Rahming will be in a camp battle with other young players like Trey Quinn, Cam Sims and Robert Davis, each of whom is a young veteran with his own limitations trying to return from injury. Cam Sims, who was a UDFA from Alabama himself this time last year, was blocking on the kickoff-return team in the opening seconds of the 2018 season when he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Arizona Cardinals. Carted off the field, he didn’t play again the entire season.Robert Davis, a 2017 sixth-round draft pick, spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad.As a second year player in 2018, Davis was placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken tibia and a torn LCL during training camp, keeping him out the entire 2018 season.Trey Quinn Red Kelvin Harmon Jersey , 2018’s Mr. Irrelevant, and the once-presumed successor to Jamison Crowder as the Redskins slot receiver, went on IR not once, but twice last season, logging only 143 snaps in 3 games, and finishing with 9 receptions for 175 yards.His season finally ended in Week 12 when his high-ankle sprain was re-injured.All three will be in a dog fight to retain their roster spots this season against two draft picks for whom most fans and analysts have high expectations. Rahming will face a lot of competition in his efforts to make the roster.He probably has to beat out Trey Quinn at the very least.What does this mean for the former Duke Blue Devil?Rahming will be hoping to avoid the injury curse that has seemed to plague Redskins players for at least the past two seasons in his effort to break into the NFL.While the Redskins recent explosion of injuries might have given Rahming reason to question the wisdom of joining Washington as a UDFA, there are a couple of factors that may have had a hand in convincing him to join the Redskins roster.First, judging by the recent draft, the Redskins are looking for speed in their young players on both sides of the ball.If Rahming really is a sub-4.5 guy, that may make a difference.Second, Washington’s receiving corps is thin, and there is not a lot separating the best and worst receivers on the roster.If Rahming can use his speed effectively, show reliable hands, and carve out a place on special teams, then he has a shot at a roster spot — especially if injuries once again take a toll on other receivers during preseason.One key element of making the Redskins team will, in fact, be special teams, and this may provide an opportunity.Rahming had limited success as a returner, averaging 5.8 yards on 25 returns as a senior.But he was able to put together an impressive bowl game that included a 14-yard punt return.I think he’ll need to shine in preseason as a Redskins return man to have a shot at the 53-man roster.The projections I read for this player on scouting websites generally had him graded as a practice squad candidate, which is consistent with the fact that Rahming wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.As I just mentioned, unless he can establish himself as a valuable special teams contributor, I would expect that Practice Squad is the most positive outcome he can expect in 2019.But let’s not rely on my interpretation of second and third hand reports to form an opinion.I have access to a film analyst who has volunteered to give his take on the Redskins UDFAs.James FitzGerald (@GMDfitz7765) is a former college player, high school coach, and an avid college football fan who has spent hours in the film room watching opponents and his own teams. His analytical skill adds depth to these profiles that I can’t supply on my own.Let’s see what he has to say about T.J. Rahming.Fitz’s film reviewFilm Watched: Duke v. Clemson, Duke v. Miami, Duke v. PittT.J Rahming is fast and he uses his speed to gain separation from the defense. He also uses his speed to gather yards after the catch, and the Redskins need more speed on their roster. He is also willing to block on run plays. I wouldn’t say he excels at run blocking, but he at least shows he is willing. He runs mostly out of the slot, and he is a fairly versatile player from this position. He executes many routes, runs end-arounds, and he even threw for a touchdown. This versatility would come in handy for the Redskin’s offense. In fact, the good news is that Rahming was the most athletic player on the Blue Devils receiving corp, and it shows in almost every aspect of his game. However, the bad news is that it isn’t too difficult to be the most athletic player on the Duke football team. Like all players, Rahming has limitations.There were times when he used his body to catch a pass. He should, of course, be using his hands as catching with the body will cause drops, and it takes longer to catch the ball when using the body. He is also very easily knocked off of his routes. This is his greatest weakness.He is not very strong, and I almost feel as if a breath from an NFL cornerback would knock him off of his route. He also often seemed out of position when running his routes. Daniel Jones would miss him, but it would be because Rahming ran his route too shallow or made his cut too late. How would he fit with the Redskins? Aside from his speed and athletic ability I don’t see any reason Rahming would make an NFL roster. It’s natural to compare him to Jamison Crowder, as they did both go to Duke, but Rahming is not even close to Crowder’s level. Rahming did return punts for Duke, but I don’t see him as special in that category either. In my opinion, T.J. Rahming will have a very short NFL career: he most likely will be cut at the end of pre-season.
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