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The hype train surrounding the final pick in the 2018 NFL Draft hit a new speed on Wednesday when Redskins head coach Jay Gruden described rookie wideout Trey Quinn with serious praise. 

"He’s a quiet assassin and he just goes out there and is very detailed in his routes," Gruden said of Quinn.

"He’s got strong hands. Very quarterback-friendly target. He can run the option routes. He’s learning from Jamison [Crowder], which is good, but he can also line up in different spots, so Trey is a guy that we’re going to rely on to be able to play multiple spots."

In watching Quinn during the Redskins OTA sessions it has become clear why Gruden likes the rookie. Quinn seems to make all the catches —both the routine and difficult ones —and finds a knack for getting open. During Wednesday's session, he caught a touchdown during red zone drills, and used his feet, not his hands, to create the separation needed to grab the ball on a short out route. 

"I’ve been very impressed with Trey," Gruden said. 

Remember, too, that Doug Williams told NBC Sports that Gruden actually wanted to select Quinn earlier in the NFL Draft, but the front office pushed back on the coach and waited to grab Quinn with the final pick. 

A highly productive player at SMU, Quinn set records both in college and high school. Some might question his size, and some might question his speed, but on the field, neither look like an issue. 

 

The only number that will matter for Quinn and the Redskins will be the 53-man roster. Washington will likely keep six wideouts on their roster, and Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson are roster locks. 

That means Quinn, Brian Quick, Maurice Harris and Robert Davis will likely compete for the final three spots. And while it's unfortunate, injuries could always pop up too, changing the numbers and the roster projections. 

Harris and Quick were both on the roster last season, though combined they hauled in just 10 catches. Harris has long flashed great hands, like this catch below.

If Quinn's strong play continues, especially once players had pads on in Richmond, he has a real chance at a roster spot. His size might actually help him, too. 

For three seasons, the Redskins lacked a real backup to Jamison Crowder as their slot WR. Quinn fits that mold. It doesn't hurt either that Crowder is going into the final year of his contract, and the team might be more willing to use a roster spot on somebody that could work in that role in 2019 and beyond. 

Glancing around social media, some fans seem to predict that Quinn could overtake Crowder this year. Don't bet on that. At all. 

Crowder has looked great so far this offseason, and keep in mind it is possible the Redskins try to get an extension done with their home-grown slot man. Washington has shown that the team much prefers to wrap up their own players with long-term deals before free agency hits, and Crowder along with Preston Smith are at the top of that list. 

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