Redskins Draft C Keith Ismael in 5th

The Redskins are clearly not drafting for pure need and a perfect example (besides Chase Young) is the selection of center Keith Ismael from San Diego State.
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NFL teams talk about it all the time. Draft analysts mention it all the time. 

Some teams talk, some prove it. 

The Redskins appear to be one of those backup your words with your actions type organizations under Ron Rivera and Kyle Smith. 

They didn't have a pure need at center and yet selected Keith Ismael in the fifth round from San Diego State. 

They already have Chase Roullier entrenched as the starter but as I first pointed out here, he's entering the final year of his rookie contract and with a new offensive staff in place, there's no guarantee that Roullier is a fit for what they want to do. 

You might say - OK - they have Ross Pierschbacher from last season. Yes. Correct. He might be a fit with the new staff but he might not be. 

However, if Roullier gets hurt or if he leaves via free agency next year as I'm expecting, the Redskins would presumably have two young players in Pierschbacher and the newly drafted Ismael to compete for the starting spot and still have a backup in place. 

It makes all the sense in the world to me and this is how good NFL teams operate. 

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