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Redskins notes: Smith, Graham to visit

3/11/2014

The Redskins will entertain defensive end Antonio Smith and corner Corey Graham, both of whom can fill specific needs. Smith told the Houston Chronicle that he’ll also visit Tennessee, St. Louis and Oakland. He also said, “My heart’s with [the Texans], but they haven’t made me an offer, so I’m going to take these visits,” Smith said.

  • Smith would fill a pass-rushing void among the defensive linemen. He’s listed at 6-foot-4, 289 pounds -- a little small for a typical 3-4 end (Stephen Bowen and Jarvis Jenkins both weigh around 315 pounds). But Smith started every game but one in his six-year Texans career (in addition to missing one game after being suspended for swinging his helmet at Richie Incognito).

  • Smith has played in both a 3-4 and 4-3 front and would be an excellent pass-rusher in a nickel package for the Redskins. He has 41.5 career sacks, but 18 in the past three years.

  • The Redskins need someone who can apply pressure from the defensive front, easing the burden on linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.

  • Graham is an excellent special teams player -- he was a Pro Bowler in 2011. Graham was Baltimore’s nickelback this past season. In the 2012 playoffs, he intercepted Denver quarterback Peyton Manning twice.

  • Graham, who has good size at 6-foot, 196 pounds, played five seasons for Chicago before signing with Baltimore in 2012. He’s made 23 career starts.

  • You don’t need me to do an analysis of the Santana Moss signing because, well, he’s played here since 2005. You know who he is, what he’s done and what he can do. I don’t know that Moss will definitely be on the roster in 2014, but he at least will get a chance to prove he belongs. He’s a true pro and that always helps.