Tim Settle is a larger-than-life defensive lineman that was projected to be a second- or third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. And yet, when the Washington Redskins were on the clock with the 163rd overall pick, there Settle was.
“We were surprised, very surprised, you know?” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told Redskins.com’s Stephen Czarda. “Pleasantly surprised we got him. He’s a big, wide body, has good feet, good short-area quickness, plays off blocks well.
“He’s disruptive in the passing game and I think can play multiple spots along the defensive line as [Da’Ron] Payne, as [Jonathan] Allen. So it’s very important to have versatile defensive lineman and have a lot of big guys that can do multiple things and he’ll add to the mix.”
Defensive line was no longer a position of need for the Redskins, Settle was so high on their draft board that they could not pass on him again. Washington drafted Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne in the first round two days earlier after drafting his Crimson Tide teammate, Jonathan Allen, in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Settle may be joining a talented defensive line room, but he has the tools to succeed. He checks in at 6-foot-3, 329 pounds, making him an obvious run stuffer, but he also has an ability to rush the passer.
During his Virginia Tech career, he recorded 53 total tackles, 19.5 for loss, four sacks, two kicks blocked and one pass defensed. Last season, he logged 36 tackles, 12.5 for loss, and four sacks.
The Redskins may have been surprised to see Settle still on the board in the fifth round, but they may have been lucky enough to snatch one of the biggest steals of the draft if he reaches his potential.