Well, 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 a lot of hate coming for the one-hit wonder Dwayne Haskins — something I don’t understand.
I, too, despise Dan Snyder overruling the coaching staff to pick up guys. If he had a better track record, I’d be more apt to excuse it, but I think this is Snyder’s first good choice.
During the draft people are quick to freak out without giving guys time to prove themselves. So a word to my fellow fans: Give it time, and trust the rookies.
No. 15 Dwayne Haskins (QB)
Dwayne Haskins is a prime quarterback, but I worry about the personal connectionH to Snyder clouding his judgement. First, I look at the history of Snyder choosing quarterbacks – Robert Griffin being the biggest fluke of his tenure.
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.
Haskins, on the other hand, was a Heisman contender and was chasing Kyler Murray for the honor. Even without the award, Haskins 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 he doesn’t fit 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 (not of late) 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 star, Kirk Cousins. Maybe to be safe the Skins’ could get another fourth round quarterback with big potential.
No. 26 Montez Sweat (DE)
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. Sweat was a highlighted edge in the SEC with 11.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. He also wowed in the combine, running a 4.41 40-yard dash.
I’m excited to see what this guy can do with them.
After dealing their second round pick to Indianapolis for pick-26 and their 2020 second round pick, and with two picks in the third, the Skins needed to focus on their corner and receiver needs. They did just that by picking up another Buckeye star.
3. No. 76 Terry McLaurin (WR)
Haskins should be happier than everyone with the No. 76 overall pick. One of the best receivers to grace Ohio State in the recent years, McLaurin is going to do a lot for Washington, especially with Haskins continuing to drop dimes to him.
The relationship is there; the knowledge of each other’s game is there; what could be a better combo?
That relationship is going to be paramount on a team that seemed to have tension in the QB-WR camaraderie in 2017. In 2018, it seemed as if Smith wasn’t meshing with the guys well, either. With Jamison Crowder leaving in the offseason, the Skins lost their best slot man, leaving them with Big 12 bust Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson – the only guy on the team with real potential anymore.
McLaurin is going to see immediate playing time, and I’m incredibly excited for that.
4. Traded down for fourth round pick
4. No. 112 Bryce Love (RB)
Love is an explosive running back and will bring even more depth to the Skins’ corps. The one time Heisman hopeful was a standout in 2017 and showed even more potential after his All-Conference POY junior season, but tore his ACL in December effectively hurting his draft stock. With Peterson, Thompson and Guice, Love is going to fit in nicely.
5. No. 131 Wes Martin (OG)
Finally getting an offensive lineman in the fourth round, the Skins addressed another key area considering Brandon Scherff (the only capable guy in the right guard spot) is returning from a pectoral injury. Martin will certainly compete for the open left guard spot. Although Washington needed that spot filled, there were better guys to fill the role.
6. No. 153 Ross Pierschbacher (C; LG)
Another Alabama product, senior center Ross Pierschbacher will join Chase Roullier in the lineup. Something tells me they like guys who are 6’4” for that position.
Pierschbacher will bring a lot to the position as Roullier’s backup – something the Redskins needed to lockdown in case the 2017 steal has a mishap – or as a competitor for the left guard position. Pierschbacher’s four-year history at Alabama as an interior guy will lend to his fight for the guard spot.
7. No. 173 Cole Holcomb (ILB)
The Tarheel defensive back is going to bring a lot of finesse and power to the somewhat weakened linebacker group with the possibility of Reuben Foster missing games due to suspension. Holcomb is a freak of nature and a steal in the fifth round.
He took the untraditional route of starting as a walk on, immediately leading North Carolina, before ending his college career with 327 tackles, 15.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks. In his senior year alone, Holcomb totaled 105 tackles (59 solo/46 ast) with eight going for a loss (29 yards). He had one sack for a loss of 13 yards and broke up for passes. He had a season high 22 tackles against Georgia Tech on November 3.
8. No. 206 Kelvin Harmon (WR)
Harmon is a good pick up alongside McLaurin. The North Carolina State wide out accounted for 1,186 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018. His best game came against Syracuse with a 247-yard, two touchdown performance. In his junior campaign, Harmon had another over-1,000 yard year and picked cup four touchdowns.
He’s a mid-rated receiver, but will at least bring a level of depth to the corps.
9. No. 227, Jimmy Moreland (CB)
Something not addressed through the entire draft was finally closed in the seventh round. With no real plan out in the public for what will happen with Josh Norman, the Redskins needed to find a capable defensive back to step into the corner role.
Moreland seems like one of the guys to do that. The James Madison cornerback started all 13 games and put up a decent line in 2018.
Out of his 56 tackles (28 solo/assisted), 7.5 went for a combined loss of 25 yards. He had 1.5 sacks for a loss of 15 yards and forced one fumble. He didn’t log many interceptions (5), but picked cup 217 yards and three pick-6s on the ones he did grab.
10. No. 253, Jordan Brailford (DE)
The Big 12 defensive monster came into the spotlight this past year with 55 tackles (17 going for a loss), and 10 sacks. This will add depth to the edge spot with the pick up of Sweat.