NBC Sports Washington wants Redskins fans to help decide the team's ideal 2019 first-round pick by voting in the Redskins Draft Bracket on Twitter. Before you vote, though, take in this breakdown of the next matchup.
The 2019 Redskins Draft Bracket is down to four players, and in the first semifinal, Dalton Risner is facing off with Montez Sweat.
How did both players get here and who should move on? Let's answer those questions now.
Risner: Risner's run is a bit of a surprise considering he's an offensive lineman, which isn't the most glorified position or the team's biggest need. However, after taking out cornerback Byron Murphy then edge rusher Jachai Polite, it's clear this guy has plenty of support from 'Skins fans.
Sweat: The Mississippi State product has advanced over two offensive playmakers in N'Keal Harry and TJ Hockenson. Now, he'll look to beat out Risner to get into the championship round.
So, who should win the vote? Risner is the outlier of the last four prospects remaining, a group that features two pass rushers and a quarterback. However, there is plenty to like about him.
A tackle at Kansas State, Risner could be used there should Trent Williams or Morgan Moses get hurt (which are scenarios that are, unfortunately, not rare). He also could slide inside and perhaps be the team's much-needed solution at left guard.
That versatility is key, and if he could play guard, he'd give Washington an offensive line that's filled with a quality option at all five starting spots. In addition, QB isn't the only position group where the franchise has a ton of money committed to. O-line is one as well, so picking Risner at 15 would be a very cost-effective way to add talent up front.
With all that being said, Sweat should still get the nod if these two are both on the board when it's the Redskins' turn to pick.
While Risner is appealing, it might be a reach to draft him in the middle of the first round. Sweat, on the other hand, with his insane athleticism and NFL-caliber frame, wouldn't be.
The Redskins absolutely need insurance behind Williams and Moses and badly need a better choice at left guard, too. But they can find that kind of rookie later on in the proceedings.
As for a potential elite sack-getter? Those aren't nearly as available, but if Sweat is there at No. 15, he'd be one. You can make a case for Risner, but the case for Sweat is far easier to make. He should be the pick if this is how things unfold.
You've heard the case for both players. Now, retweet or like depending on whom you'd prefer to see move on in the bracket.
A month of madness. You make the call.— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) April 15, 2019
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