The Washington Redskins had a great draft and their fans should be extremely excited with their class despite all of the offseason drama this franchise has faced. Check out my individual grades below!
Round One: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
What a dream come true for the Washington Redskins. Jonathan Allen, a consensus top ten talent, fell all the way into the lap of the Redskins. Allen is immediately their base five-technique who will do most of his damage as a three-technique in their 4-2-5 nickel package.
Round Two: Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
I had Ryan Anderson ranked as my 103rd overall prospect, so on paper this looks like a reach. However, it’s been reported that the Redskins and former GM Scot McCloughan both had Ryan Anderson graded as a first round talent. Despite being a poor athlete, Anderson does present a floor that could warrant a top fifty selection. Anderson might be able to fill a variety of roles including 4-3 SAM, 3-4 SAM, ILB, and as a situation pass rusher.
Round Three: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Fabian Moreau at pick 81 should be viewed as a best player available selection after falling due to a chest injury. A lot of Redskins writers are calling Fabian Moreau a nickel CB, I disagree. Moreau is a physical press-man corner who possesses the athletic upside to develop into a CB1 for the Washington Redskins. Don’t expect much from Moreau in year one after starting on the PUP list but you can expect a huge leap in year two as I projected him to be one of our starting CB’s.
Round Four: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
I gave Samaje Perine a round three grade so grabbing him at the top of round four is a solid value. Perine is freakishly strong and is the type of RB opposing defenses will feel late in the fourth quarter. Perine is also a much better receiver than he is given credit for. Perine immediately becomes the best RB on the Redskins and upgrades that red zone offense, that struggled to punch it in from inside the ten yard line.
Round Four: Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State
I thought this was a major reach by the Washington Redskins. Although a reach, Nicholson fits the height/weight/speed category that NFL coaches salivate over. Nicholson is a physical cover-two Safety who doesn’t necessarily play to his athletic profile. Nicholson should provide solid depth and become a major special teams contributor in year one.
Round Five: Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
Jeremy Sprinkle made a questionable decision after stealing from a clothing store that he received a gift card too while on their team bowl trip. Nonetheless, Sprinkle is one of the best blocking tight ends in the entire class. Not only can Sprinkle block, he stands tall at 6’5 and runs a sub 4.7 forty yard dash. Sprinkle has the receiving ability to really be a threat in the red zone, but his blocking ability will allow him to see significant snaps in his rookie season.
Round Six: Chase Roullier, OG/OC, Wyoming
I gave Chase Roullier a fourth round grade and he provides the versatility the Redskins need on their interior. Roullier can play all 3 interior offensive line positions and has the nasty attitude you want in the trenches. Roullier is technically sound who relies on a heavy punch to stay on top of his blocks. I think Roullier is good enough to possibly push Shawn Lauvao for the starting left guard position.
Round Six: Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
We know that Jay Gruden loves his height/weight/speed receivers and he added an absolute freak in Robert Davis. Davis tested in the 98th percentile according to SPARQ. Davis stands a 6’2, 220 pounds and runs a 4.44 with a 41 inch vertical jump. Davis should make an immediate impact on special teams but will also make for an interesting receiving project somewhere down the road. What more can you ask for out of a round six pick?
Round Seven: Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB/S, Louisville
Josh Harvey-Clemons is a long LB/Safety prospect who has 35+ inch arms attributing to his crazy range as a tackler. Harvey-Clemons is a sure tackler but lacks the athleticism and change of direction skills to ultimately stick at safety. I think Harvey-Clemons has the potential to take on the role that Su’a Cravens left behind in 2016 as a dime linebacker. Harvey-Clemons is an excellent value and could’ve been a day two pick if it weren’t for lingering hamstring injuries according to Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting.
Round Seven: Joshua Holsey, CB, Auburn
Joshua Holsey has had a rough college career while suffering two acl injuries. However, Holsey is an NFL athlete with 4.4 speed and testing well in the explosive jump categories. Despite the injuries, Holsey could develop into a nickel CB somewhere down the road. Holsey’s kick returning experience could allow him to stick on the Redskins roster.