In this article I will break down the Washington Redskins Draft picks, grading each individual selection.
Round 1, pick 17- Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
First off this was a steal. This was my 5th ranked player in the draft and my top DL prospect even over Soloman Thomas the 3rd overall pick in the draft. Allen is a day 1 starter. He has All-Pro potential and to get him at 17 is huge for the organisation. He plays the run very well and should line up at DE on early downs and on passing downs you can push him inside or keep him at DE. He was by far the best case pick for Washington.
Allen has the type of talent the Redskins defensive line needs moving forward to match up against Dallas, New York and Philadelphia.
Round 2- pick 49- Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
Back to back Alabama players. The Redskins weakness has been their defence, specifically their front 7. Alabama has a knack for turning out solid to really good football players. They get the best coaching in college and these top picks have the talent to be day 1 starters. Anderson has a high motor and is good in coverage and rushing the passer. He is a force against the run and is a hard hitting wrap you up tackler. From the first to last snap he plays the same speed.
Anderson was a great value but for position of need there were guys who could have filled bigger needs. However, these need positions did not offer the same value as this pick in terms of quality of prospect.
Round 3, pick 81- Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Another steal. Before the combine he was my 3rd ranked CB. He tore his Pectoral muscle doing the bench press at the combine. He is a size and speed freak. That athleticism alongside his film would usually put him in the top 15. His injury allowed him to slip to the 3rd round. He is going to put Beshaud Breeland on notice. He has the tools to see the field early. You can never have enough good CB’s and this guy could be starting if Breeland doesn’t return to his 2015 form.
I had Moreau and Sidney Jones going round 2, even after their injuries. Moreau is a steal in the 3rd round, as long as he fully recovers from his injury.
Round 4, pick 114- Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Very high on this back. A lot of people talk about Joe Mixon, his backfield mate, but this guy in my opinion could be a better back. He is a big bruising back who can carry the load. He sees a hole and hits it hard, while knowing how to hold onto the football. He can catch even though that’s not the strong point in his game but he is very capable of playing all 3 downs. Most years his skill set would warrant a 2nd round back. With so many top guys he becomes a value at this point and I see a RB who could have a big impact this upcoming season. This pick probably marks the end for Matt Jones. Perine reminds me of another Oklahoma back in DeMarco Murray.
Great value for a talented RB. Although I probably have leaned more towards NT at this spot.
Round 4, pick 123- Monte Nicholson, SS, Michigan State
This guy physically is a beast. On film I would say he leaves something to be desired but he can really knock something lose when he hits you. He plays with an attitude but his instincts aren’t the best. He’s a little bit of a reach for me here but with the run on safeties I can understand getting your guy before you miss him.
I had Nicholson with a 6th round guy.
Round 5, pick 154- Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
This guy is a solid player. In most classes I’d say this guy is a 3rd or 4th round guy. He is a solid blocker in the run game. He also has the ability to catch passes and get open in the passing game. He’s a very versatile player. He has a shoplifting incident before his bowl game which made him miss that game.
Risk due to his is off the field issues, however, I have no specific knowledge of the situation.
Round 6, pick 199- Chase Rollier, C, Wyoming
Big Big guy. In recent years Washington has targeted OL players over 310 lbs. This guy continues that trend. He anchors very well but has short arms and didn’t blow the Bench away for a guy his size with his arm length. On film he’s a solid player. In my opinion he’s gonna start on the practice squad more then likely but I always like drafting OL depth and DL depth.
I like having big bodies up front. Rollier has a mean streak and it will be fun watching him in run blocking. It should interesting to monitor what happens to him in the preseason.
Round 6, pick 209- Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
First off when you watch guys from smaller schools you look for someone who just stands out like a man among boys. You turn a Georgia State game on and this guy just jumps off the page! Big, strong, fast with a jump to go get anything coming his way. Big hands and a sure hand catcher. There is a lot of talent at the WR position on Redskins already He may need time to adjust to playing guys who are just as physically gifted as him. That said he has the talent to do it.
Davis has #1 talent and I’m curious to see what he can do this offseason.
Round 7, pick 230- Josh Harvey- Clemons, SS/OLB, Louisville
This guy was a 5 star recruit coming out of high school. He has had issues failing drug tests which is why he went from Georgia to Louisville. This guy has starter talent but he has to prove he can stay clean off the field.
I believe he has day 1 starter talent. That being said, he has along way to go. He will have to show a lot on special teams to get a chance to field further responsibilities.
Round 7, pick 235- Joshua Holsey, CB/S, Auburn
Not too sure as I can’t remember watching him jump out watching Auburn games. With the assets in Washington’s defensive back room I would assume he would have to put in a strong showing on special teams to crack a roster spot.
Overall, I am very impressed with this draft for Washington. Defense was the strength of this class and the Redskins’ biggest weakness. Washington got really solid or great value with every pick. It will be interesting to seeing the rookies at training camp and Preseason to see where they fit on the current roster. My overall draft grade for the Redskins Draft is a B+.
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