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D.C.'s Draft Diamonds

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Perry Riley may be more of a mid-round pick, but he's be vital to the team. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.
Perry Riley may be more of a mid-round pick, but he's be vital to the team. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

I’m going to cheat a little bit; I suppose you can do that when you author the rules. So I crept into the fourth round of the 2010 draft, and identified the Redskins’ second-best late-round gem of the last decade: LB Perry Riley.

Riley’s play alone earned his spot on the list, but he gets extra credit for being one of those rare dudes with two first and two last names. All joking aside, Riley, an LSU product, has progressed each year of his NFL career, and is now entrenched at inside linebacker alongside London Fletcher.

Last season, Riley recorded just 10 less tackles than team leader Fletcher, and was third on the team in sacks. With Fletcher likely heading into his final NFL season, Riley is poised for an expanded role, and is on the short list of players to lead the defense into the post-Fletcher era.