In OT of the third game of the 1997 season, Kenard Lang, a 22-year-old rookie left defensive end, reached into the Cardinals' backfield and stripped the ball from Leeland McElroy. The Redskins recovered and won the game. It was Lang's first big play, and everyone predicted he'd only get better. An inner ear infection cost him his next five games, however, and when he came back, he had lost strength. Last year, high-priced tackles Dan Wilkinson and Dana Stubblefield got all the attention, but Lang ended the season tops among all Washington linemen in tackles and half a sack shy of Wilkinson's team lead of TA. "I've always considered myself a good run stopper," says Lang, "but I feel like I've rounded off my game now." Washington needs a serious outside rusher. Lang may be the man.