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Defending The DC Defenders Won’t Be An Easy Task

In Washington, DC fans are taking to social media to bash the hometown Redskins. The lack of scoring and excitement on this “bottom-dwelling” franchise is taking its toll on the diehard supporters. But, if these fans look to Audi Field in February, they might find the offensive flash and excitement that the ‘Skins’ are currently lacking.

It is quite obvious that Pep Hamilton, DC’s coach, and general manager, has a strategy that is going to cause havoc for opposing defensive coordinators: Draft offensive players with versatility to create mismatches against the defenses of the league. There doesn’t need to be any other evidence to support this belief than the drafting of Rashard Davis with their top pick in the draft.

The Defenders caught some off-guard when they selected WR Rashard Davis with their first selection. Even though Davis is listed as a wide receiver, a look at his past shows a different story. In high school, Davis not only lined up at wide receiver, he spent time at running back and quarterback. As a QB his senior year, Davis threw for 15 TD’s and ran for 17. He accumulated more than 2,300 total yards in 10 games that season. Davis also lined up at running back during his high school and college days at William and Mary. 

Davis wasn’t the only versatile play selected by DC. Even with the dual threat of Cardale Jones already assigned to them, the Defenders took another multi-dimensional QB in Tyree Jackson. At 6’5 and 245 lbs, Jackson is a beast with superhero speed. His 4.59 time in the 40-yard dash led to him signing as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills. His addition to the team gives the Defenders two QB’s who can stretch the defense with their legs and arms. 

One of the most intriguing prospects selected by the Defenders was Missouri State wide-receiver standout, Deion Holliman. Even though he stands at only 5’9, he posted a video of himself on Instagram performing a box jump of 65 inches. In addition to his vertical skills at WR, Holliman lead the nation with 1,233 return yards when he was a sophomore for Missouri State. If Holliman doesn’t see time at WR, he could bring some value to the Defenders’ return game. 

Other picks that could enable Hamilton to create a championship style offense are dual-threat runner Donnel Pumphrey and the WR/ST standout from Penn State, DeAndre Thompkins.

On February 8, the Seattle Dragons will have the first chance to defend DC’s vessel of attack and don’t be surprised if the points come in bunches. 

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