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Redskins #Authentic Fan NFL Draft Bracket: First Round Results

Redskins #Authentic Fan NFL Draft Bracket: First Round Results

March is the unofficial month of brackets.

With the 2018 NFL Draft approaching and with the Redskins obtaining the No. 13 pick in the Draft, NBC Sports Washington is asking you, the #AuthenticFan to weigh in and vote from a field of 16 to determine who the Redskins should take in the first round.

The first round begins on Monday, Feb. 26, with matchups being opened for voting every Monday and Thursday for three-day voting periods.

To vote, click on the embedded Twitter links and follow the instructions.

Should the Redskins draft a wide receiver or a lineman in the first round? Should they look to bolster the offense or defense? Should the Redskins tap back into the Alabama pool? It's up to you to decide.

Vote in the NBC Sports Washington Redskins #AuthenticFan Draft Bracket first round.


Redskins #AuthenticFan Draft Bracket: First Round


Voting Period: Mon. 2/26 7am - Thurs. 3/1 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Roquan Smith is a 6-1, 225-pound Georgia linebacker who could very well be the defensive boost that the Redskins need coming into next season.

As a projected first-round draft pick, the SEC standout has been turning heads with his explosive athleticism and exceptionally disciplined awareness on the field. In Smith's last season as a Bulldog, he recorded over 10 tackles in the Rose Bowl, SEC Championship, and the National Championship combined.

The Redskins could also play their cards right with the projected first round wideout in Calvin Ridley. The 6-1, 190-pound Alabama wide receiver has been lauded for his unmatched speed after catches and amazing route running ability. 

Voting Results: Roquan Smith def. Calvin Ridley, 125-71.



Voting Period: Thurs. 3/1 11am - Mon. 3/5 6:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Josh Jackson has truly established himself as a lockdown artist on the field. The 6-1, 192-pound cornerback out of Iowa led the FBS in interceptions with 8 and finished No. 1 in pass coverage with 18 pass breakups and 24 forced incompletions.

On the other hand, Michigan lineman Maurice Hurst is a force on the defensive line with quick feet and shockingly fast speed after the ball is snapped.

The 6-2, 282-pound first-round prospect was an All-Big Ten first team selction and winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award. 

Voting Results: Maurice Hurst def. Josh Jackson, 57-26


BILLY PRICE (Ohio State) VS DA'RON PAYNE (Alabama)

Voting Period: Mon. 3/5 7am - Thurs. 3/8 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Ohio State center Billy Price has proven to be powerful blocker and versatile in the face of defensive rushes and blitzes. His 6-4, 312-pound frame can be just the right addition to the Redskins offensive line.

On the defensive side of the ball, Da'Ron Payne, a highly touted prospect and one of the most respected leaders on both sides of the ball at Alabama, has tremendous natural strength and is known to suffocate the offensive line with his rushing ability. 

Voting Results: Da'Ron Payne def. Billy Price, 124-20



Voting Period: Thurs. 3/8 11am - Mon. 3/13 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: Wide receiver James Washington has been giving cornerbacks problems since he landed at Oklahoma State with his build up speed and nose for the ball wherever it's thrown. The 6-0 senior ranks nationally among the best, with 1,549 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns and both All-American and All-Conference honors.

Florida's Taven Bryan is an explosive defensive tackle gifted with natural athletic ability and great lateral quickness. Many scouts project him to be a long-term starter and he has drawn comparisons to Cam Jordan.

Voting Results: Taven Bryan def. James Washington, 80-27 



Voting Period: Mon. 3/12 7am - Thurs. 3/15 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Tremaine Edmunds has a unique (and constantly growing) body type that makes him a nightmare of a linebacker on the defensive end and a first round dream for NFL scouts.

Coming out of Virginia Tech, he has proven to be a disruptive rusher and highly efficient tackler from anywhere on the field.

Yet another potential first rounder, Marcus Davenport, can be a true X-factor for the Redskins defense.  With his 6-6, 255-pound build, he is known to consistetnly disorient offensive lineman and can move exceptionally well laterally. 

Voting Results: Tremaine Edmunds def. Marcus Davenport, 63-17



Voting Period: Thurs. 3/15 11am - Mon. 3/19 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: As a projected first-round pick, LSU's Arden Key possesses an unorthodox way of moving on the field that allows him to slip past blockers with ease and do a great deal of damage defensively. At 6-6, his length could be very scary for offenses down the line of his NFL career. 

LSU unning back Derrius Guice has tremendous field vision, athleticsm and amazing footwork that will allow him to break tackles consistently at the next level. 

Voting Results:



Voting Period: Mon. 3/19 7am - Thurs. 3/22 10:59am
Matchup Breakdown: Mike Hughes is the small but mighty cornerback out of UCF who has a high level of aggresiveness that halts wide receivers in the beginning of their routes and ridiculous chase down speed. His stout body frame may place him as a projected second-round pick, but he may be a sleeper choice nonetheless.

Projected first-round pick Rashaan Evans possesses the skills and body type of the ideal NFL linebacker. Between his explosiveness, raw agility, and range, not too many teams will no what to do with the Alabama linebacker at the next level offensively. 

Voting Results: 


DERWIN JAMES (Florida State) VS VITA VEA (Washington)

Voting Period: Thurs. 3/22 11am - Mon. 3/26 6:49am
Matchup Breakdown: Florida State safety Derwin James is the complete package in the locker room and on the field. After delivering 84 total tackles and 11 deflections in 2017, James has made a name for himself very quickly amid scout conversations.

Vita Vea, a strong defensive tackle out of Washington, poses as a power heavy threat on the defensive end, with a lot more untapped potential in his package. At 6-4, 344 pounds, Vea uses his momentum effectively and his violent hands make him pass rush machine. Vea is projected to be chosen in the first round.

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Need to Know: Gruden says Redskins defense better on paper but must prove it on the field

Need to Know: Gruden says Redskins defense better on paper but must prove it on the field

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 7, 17 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.


Welcome to the midpoint of the Redskins offseason. It’s been 126 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 126 days.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 5
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 81

Quick post-draft thoughts on the state of the Redskins

—Although the Washington defense certainly seems to be improved, Jay Gruden warned against irrational exuberance. “You feel like you're better, everybody does at this time,” he said shortly after the draft ended. “It's how we gel as a unit that is the important thing – how they buy into Coach Manusky's scheme and Coach Tomsula's coaching, how they work well together and how they make each other better. That's a challenge that we have.”

—Earlier this week I assessed the chances that each of this year’s 10 draft picks have of making the team. I was not bullish on the chances of fourth-round safety Montae Nicholson sticking around on the 53-man roster. But looking back at how Gruden spoke more in terms of when he is on the roster and not if, perhaps I should take another look. “I think he ran a 4.4 at the Combine, and worst-case he’s going to help out our special teams and that’s important,” said Gruden when asked why they drafted Nicholson. “That’s one of the big three phases so that’s a good add for us.”

—Usually when you ask a player who was just drafted where he wants to play in the NFL, he just says wherever they want line me up. But Chase Roullier, who played by guard and center at Wyoming, was definitive in his preference. “I think I’ll do very well at center,” he said. “Being up there in front of the rest of the offensive line, being able to see that defense and really play to my strengths of being able to see the defense and read things I think will really help me a lot in the NFL.” He got his degree in mechanical engineering from Wyoming so the thinking part of the job shouldn’t be a great challenge for him.

—The Redskins announced the signings of eight undrafted players, bringing their roster up to 90. They can sign more after rookie minicamp next week, or at any time for that matter, but they would have to release a player for each one they sign. I’m interested in what 325-pound NT Ondre Pipkins out of Texas Tech can do as there is plenty of opportunity at his position. The same can be said of FS Fish Smithson, who also has to coolest name. But, honestly, it will be difficult to get a handle on which of these players has a realistic shot at sticking around until getting a look at them in pads in Richmond.

—As of now, the Redskins have seven 2018 draft picks, their own pick in each round. They did not trade for any future picks last week and it doesn’t look like they will get any compensatory picks next year. Yes, even though they lost key players in DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, and Chris Baker, according to Over the Cap the picks that may have come from the loss of those players were cancelled out by signing Terrelle Pryor, Zach Brown, Terrell McClain, and Stacy McGee. This is unofficial but the OTC guys seem to have the NFL’s super-secret formula figured out.

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Redskins WR Robert Davis had to learn to run block in high school

Redskins WR Robert Davis had to learn to run block in high school

The Redskins have their share of former five-star recruits on their roster. Wide receiver Robert Davis, drafted in the sixth round last week, is not one of them.

Davis is a good athlete with speed (4.44 in the 40 at the combine) and at 6-4 he has the size that should attract attention. But at Warner Robins High School in Georgia, Davis did not do much of the main thing that college coaches want wide receivers to do—catch passes.

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“I went to a triple option high school, where that was the only thing we did. I only caught eight passes my high school career,” said Davis when asked about his run blocking ability. “I mean, blocking was what I did, and I am a skilled blocker.”

That’s not eight in a game or in a month or even in a season. That’s eight the whole time he was in high school.

So if you are wondering why Davis didn’t attract the attention of SEC schools like Georgia and Auburn, there is your answer. Instead he headed to Georgia State.

With the Panthers, Davis proved he could catch footballs. In his career, he caught 222 passes for 3,391 yards. He is the Georgia State all-time leader in both categories, although it must be noted that the program just came into existence in 2010.

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Back to the blocking ability, that could be key in him making the team and getting playing time if he does. Even though Ryan Grant is not very productive catching passes he got snaps last year because he can block. If Davis can block and become more productive in the passing game than Grant, that could give him an edge in making the 53 and getting on the field.

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