Well, I’ll eat my words – Washington did a great job this year in the first round. They filled their immediate needs with a signal caller and an edge, trading up from 46 to 26 to pick up one of the best defensive end prospects. There’s still two more days, but so far I’m not disappointed.
No. 15 Dwayne Haskins
Dwayne Haskins is a prime quarterback, but I was worried about the personal connection to Snyder clouding the owners’ judgement. First, I look at the history of Snyder choosing quarterbacks – Robert Griffin being the biggest fluke of his tenure (and the last signal caller taken in the first round by Washington).
But, as I stated in my pre-draft column, Haskins isn’t Griffin. Taking them both at face value RG3 put up 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2011 ending with 72.4 completion percentage in his final year at Baylor.
Haskins, on the other hand, put up 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns with a 70 percent completion rate.
The biggest difference between Haskins and Griffin is that the Ohio State product isn’t the best dual-threat – logging just 108 yards and four touchdowns on 79 attempts.
He’ll transition fine, albeit not fitting the build of an NFL quarterback just yet. He’s going to need to work on his arm, and hopefully he can fit in with the receiver corp. He has a quarterback legacy to chase; although Griffin was an ultimate bust due to consistent injury, he was the 2012 Rookie of the Year. Living in Griffin’s shadow was a soon-to-be franchise star, Kirk Cousins. Maybe to be safe the Skins’ could get another mid-round quarterback with big potential.
No. 26 Montez Sweat
When Washington took the gamble on Reuben Foster, I thought it was idiocy to bring in someone who was facing suspension after being arrested for domestic violence – Bruce Allen’s “it’s time for him to play football,” comment made its even worse for me. Especially since a certain signal caller out there deserves a second shot at playing.
This time, though, I’m not upset they went after someone with a record – especially since that record starts and stops at weed.
Sweat is the third or fourth best pass rusher in the draft this year, and that was a big hole on the Skins’ roster. Honestly, this was the best pick up of the day for Washington.
Sweat was a highlighted edge in the SEC with 11.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in his senior year. He also wowed in the combine, running a 4.41 40-yard dash.
I’m excited to see what the team can do with this guy.
Washington has no second round pick after dealing it to the Colts for pick-26 and their 2020 second round pick. With two picks in the third, the Skins need to focus on their corner and receiver needs – possibly the weaknesses in their offensive line. They should use one of their third round picks to get a backup quarterback to avoid another Sanchez situation in the rare case Haskins, Case Keenum and Colt McCoy all go out with injury.
3. … (76th, 3R)
4. … (96th, 3R, COMP)
5. …(153rd, 5R)
6. …(173rd, 5R, COMP)
7. … (206th, 6R, COMP)
8. …(227th, 7R)
9. …(253rd, 7R, COMP)