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Redskins Draft Recap: Breaking down the late-round picks

Redskins Draft Recap: Breaking down the late-round picks

 The Redskins had a strong first two days of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

The team identified a need and were able to land a major talent in the first round with Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen at No. 17.

On Day 2 The team went defensively again in the second round, drafting OLB Ryan Anderson at No. 49, a teammate of Allen's at Alabama. The Redskins' final pick of Day 2 was once again a defensive pick, with UCLA CB Fabian Moreau at No. 81.

So how did the Redskins do on the third and final day of the 2017 NFL Draft?

Here's a breakdown of the Redskins' draft picks from Round 4 to Round 7.

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT LATE ROUND TRACKER

— Round 4, No. 7 (No. 114 Overall): RB Semaje Perine, Oklahoma

The 5-11, 233-pound running back has a strong build and is a heavy-hitter in-between the tackles. His best asset will be what he can do around the goal line.

He doesn't have a diverse set of movements, instead relying on force and pad level. He seet a then-NCAA record with 427 yards and five touchdowns against Kansas as a freshman.

3 REASONS WHY SEMAJE PERINE PICK MAKES SENSE

 

— Round 4, No. 17 (No. 123): S Montae Nicholson, Michigan State

The Redskins needed to address their need at safety, and they did that with Nicholson. But was he the right choice?

At 6-2 and 212 pounds, he has good size, but a lack of production turned scouts off. He is also dealing with a shoulder injury but expects to be ready to play at some point during training camp

WHY DRAFTING NICHOLSON IS A HEAD-SCRATCHER

 

— Round 5, No. 10 (No. 154): TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas

Great size and athleticism at 6-5 252 pounds, Sprinkle has great value because he can catch and block.

He has above-average red zone effectiveness and the physical build to handle a heavy work load. Has to overcome the red flag attached to him. Was popped for shoplifting during the Razorbacks' Belk Bowl shopping spree.

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JEREMY SPRINKLE
 

— Round 6, No. 15 (No. 199): C Chase Roullier, Wyoming

The Redskins traded up two picks to draft the 6-4, 312-pound Mountain West standout. Roullier has good size and has good durabillity, but concerns over his arm length and snap-to-snap movement decreased his draft rating.

Also, his strength is less than ideal. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 19 times. By comparison, Semaje Perine put up 225 pounds 30 times.

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CHASE ROULLIER

 

— Round 6, No. 25 (No. 209): WR Robert Davis, Georgia State

At 6-3, 219 pounds, the small-college standout has the size of the receiver type the Redskins have looked to add, what with the signings of Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick.

Davis finished his colelge career as Gerogia State's all-time leader in receptions. He has a large catch radius and strong hands, but his route running will need work. He looks to be in the mix with Maurice Harris and Ryan Grant as backup wide receivers. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ROBERT DAVIS

 

— Round 7, No. 12 (No. 230): S Josh Harvey-Clemmons, Louisville

Harvey-Clemmons was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, but two failed drug tests led to his dismissal from Georgia. At Louisville he was an honorable mention All-ACC selection, thanks to his voracious tackling and ballhawking skills. He still needs to imoprove his field awarness and can improve positioning in team defense. Racked up several off-the-field issues.  

 

— Round 7, No. 17 (No. 235): DB Joshua Holsey, Auburn

The Redskins spent their final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft on 5-11, 195-pound defensive back Joshua Holsey. He finished the 2016 season with three interceptions and earned a spot on the third team All-SEC after tearing his ACL a year prior. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the Auburn Pro Day.

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Redskins leave Philadelphia with more injuries than they came in with, somehow

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Redskins leave Philadelphia with more injuries than they came in with, somehow

The Redskins went into Lincoln Financial Field somewhat banged up. They left in worse shape than they were when they arrived.

The most significant injury seemed to be to guard Brandon Scherff. Coach Jay Gruden said that he had an MCL injury and that he will get an MRI on Tuesday. He left the game late in the third quarter and did not return. Scherff rarely takes plays off and the feeling is that he could have a significant injury. He headed to the team bus to the airport with a brace on the knee.

OT Trent Williams came into the game with a patella injury in his knee and he aggravated it late in the game, missing the Redskins’ last couple of possessions. He did not practice all week to rest the injury. We will see as the week goes by if the injury will allow Williams to continue to play.

OT Morgan Moses sprained both ankles and he returned to the game after each injury. He undoubtedly will be very sore tomorrow and we will see how he recovers.

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The other reported injuries were more minor in nature, although they could cost the players some games. CB Fabian Moreau had a hamstring strain and he left the game. OLB Preston Smith, who has been one of the team’s best pass rushers this year, left the game with a groin strain. He attempted to return but he had to go back out. CB Josh Holsey had a chest contusion and he returned after going to the locker room to be examined.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' discouraging 34-24 loss vs. the Eagles

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' discouraging 34-24 loss vs. the Eagles

Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ 34-24 loss to the Eagles:

The Redskins have to keep the hammer down—They scored the first time they had the ball and then they had a few empty possessions. Washington took a 10-3 lead but the Redskins then got into the cycle of short, ineffective offensive possessions getting their defense back on the field too soon. The way Carson Wentz is playing, if you give him enough chances you will pay for it.

They won’t win if they don’t run—The running backs carries 14 times. Sure, the game got away in the second half, reducing their opportunities, but the rushing game was an issue throughout. In the first half they had a pair of third and ones and a third and two and they passed all three times. All three were incomplete, which led to the issues in the first item here. If the Redskins have a balanced offense they have a shot at beating almost anyone. If they don’t run the ball enough the odds are against them.

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Redskins fans have the Cleveland Browns to thank for 10 years of Wentz—The Browns played Moneyball and traded the rights to draft Wentz to the Eagles. Like just about everything the Browns do, it didn’t work out. Now the Redskins, Giants, and Cowboys will pay for the Browns’ mistake for years to come. That run out of the pack of rushing linemen was both amazing and critical. It turned a punt back to the Redskins, who were down by seven, into a first down and an eventual touchdown.

The defense needs to get itself off the field—It’s easy to blame the offense for the problems with possessing the ball. But the defense could do its part, too, by getting itself off the field. At times, it feels like the Redskins’ defense is better than it has been in years but they gave up touchdown drives of 81, 80, 80, and 75 yards. At some point you have to show you’re better and get a takeaway or just make a stop to get off the field. Until then, the group has not improved in a meaningful way. I should note that the injuries have something to do with it, for sure. Dunbar did not play poorly but they pay Josh Norman $15 million per year for a reason.

There is a lot of season left to be played—The Redskins are 3-3 and two games away from the midway point to the season. They would have to rely on an Eagles’ collapse to win the NFC East but it’s entirely possible that they could. All but one other second-place team has three losses and the Redskins get their shot at the Seahawks in a couple of weeks. Fans have every right to feel frustrated after this loss but it’s not the end of the line. There still is plenty for this team to play for. Some of the injured players aren’t coming back but if they can round into reasonably good health in the next few weeks they still have a lot that they can accomplish.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.