Boring but necessary, Redskins add depth to offensive line with San Diego State center

JP Finlay
NBC Sports Washington

The Redskins added to their offensive line in the fifth round with the selection of San Diego State center Keith Ismael. This isn't a sexy pick, but it's a useful pick.

Washington's offensive line will likely be in for an overhaul this offseason as Ron Rivera takes over the squad. Chase Roullier has been the Redskins starting center for most of the last three seasons but 2020 will be the final year of his rookie contract. If Ismael can play it would allow the Redskins to keep another cheaper, younger player at center rather than pay for Roullier. That's a long ways away but it could be part of the equation.

Ismael stands 6-foot-3 and goes north of 300 lbs, comparable size to Roullier. It also helps that Ismael has positional versatility, something that seems to be a consistent trademark of Redskins targets in the Rivera era. While in college, Ismael started games at both left and right guard in addition to center. 

During Ismael's time at San Diego State, the Aztecs ran the ball well and he earned All-Mountain West honors in 2018 and 2019.

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