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Redskins Beef Up Defensive Line With Matt Ioannidis


The Washington Redskins on Saturday used their fifth-round pick to select 299-pound Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis with the No. 152-overall pick.

The Washington Redskins have beefed up their defensive line, as the team on Saturday selected Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis with the No. 152-overall pick in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

With the 152nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis of Temple. Take a look at his collegiate career in photos.

In Ioannidis, the Redskins are getting a 6-foot-3, 299-pound defensive tackle who was a four-year contributor for the Owls, appearing in 43 games with 115 tackles (29 for loss0 along with seven passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced.

During the 2015 season, Ioannidis earned third-team All-American honors by Phil Steel after recording 39 tackles (10.5 for loss) along with four passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

Ioannidis also earned American Athletic Conference first-team honors.

According to his draft profile, Ioannidis "can match pure power with just about anyone on the field and carries almost no bad weight on his frame."

"Grows roots and refuses to budge against many double teams he faced. Hard to run at his gap. Can push and pull blockers and unhinge from point of attack when it's time to tackle. Plays with quick reaction time off the snap and gets hands into blockers quickly. Generally good knee bend when battling the man in front of him. Can get to shoulder of blocker and get him leaning and then uses club/hump move to knock him off balance and attack the vacated position. Powerful base and very rarely off his feet. Can power through redirect blocks and maintain a path for the ball. Has good feel for screen plays and chases them down down with great intensity. Will occasionally show a spin move that is reasonably effective to the left more than to the right. Uses violent powerful clubbing movement to prevent blockers from staying locked in on their block. One of the unquestioned leaders of the team," his draft profile states.

Ioannidis joins a veteran-laden defensive line that is headlined by Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois and Stephen Paea among others.




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