Redskins have a 'potential All-Pro' combo in Allen and Payne

Josh Luckenbaugh
October 22, 2018 - 10:30 am

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The Redskins completely bottled up Ezekiel Elliott in their huge win over Dallas Sunday, and it all started with the play of the defensive line

Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, Washington's Alabama pair on the D-line, did what they were drafted to do, combining for six tackles and two quarterback hits. And Craig Hoffman expects to continue seeing great things from the Redskins' last two first-round picks. 

"Their front seven is really good, and it starts with their front four," Hoffman told The Junkies Monday. "Allen and Payne are legit top-flight, potential Pro Bowl, maybe even potential All-Pro players. They are that good, that effective."

"They make everybody's life easier. The corners don't have to cover as long, the linebackers don't have to fight through blocks. And so when those guys can just go out and play, your stars lead and your stars are those two last first-round picks, this is what you get."

A Redskins defensive lineman hasn't made first-team All-Pro since Dexter Manley in 1986, so to have two on the team at the same time who have the talent to do so is something not to take lightly. 

After Sunday's win, Washington has the fifth-best defense in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game, third-best against the run. And the Allen-Payne combo up front certainly deserves a healthy portion of the credit.

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