Washington appears set on their nose tackle plan for 2017
- The main contenders to start at nose tackle for the Washington Redskins are Phil Taylor, Matt Ioannidis, and Ziggy Hood.
- The Redskins used Hood at NT last season and he put up an impressive run-stop percentage of 9.6 percent, but his strongest performances as a pro have come playing defensive end. Like Taylor, Hood has been plagued with injury in the past, and managed only two games in 2015.
- Phil Taylor was taken with the 21st overall pick of the 2011 draft. He started out strong before injury caused him to miss 11 games of the 2014 season and all of the following 2015 and 2016 seasons. In 2012, he ranked fourth among all defensive tackles, with a run-stop percentage of 10.7 percent, well above the league average of 6.5 percent.
- Ioannidis was drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round of 2016, and was only active for 10 games in his rookie campaign. He played a total of 50 run snaps, accumulating 5 tackles and 4 stops. His run-stop percentage of 8.0 was above the league average, but ranked him 46th of all defensive tackles. On 51 passing snaps he recorded 3 total pressures and ranked 85th in pass-rush productivity.
- The Redskins surrendered an average of 119.8 rushing yards per game last year, ranking them as the ninth-worst team on defending the run. They allowed 4.5 yards per carry, the sixth-worst mark in the league. The Redskins lined up in their base 3 front 23 percent of the time and the majority of nose tackle snaps went to Hood. His overall grade of 40.5 ranked him 120th of all the league’s interior linemen.