It’s never easy finding common ground among Redskins fans. Good bet we can build consensus on this premise: Washington really missed Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson last season.
It’s not that the Redskins lost both wide receivers in free agency, though they really did not put up much of a fight with Garcon. It’s that their replacements were clearly inadequate. Nobody provided Garcon’s tough guy act, particularly on key third-down chances. Few players in the NFL can match Jackson’s deep speed. None of them played for the 2017 Washington Redskins.
Jamison Crowder overcame early-season injuries to finish with a solid campaign from the slot. Josh Doctson has not lived up to his 2016 first-round selection, but he showed signs of growth as the year wore on, particularly on 50-50 balls. The pair is the only clear parts of the Redskins receiver rotation in 2018.
Maybe free agent Ryan Grant returns. Terrelle Pryor, not so much. Conceivably Washington could make a strong play for outside free agents like Jarvis Landry or Martavis Bryant. If none of the above occurs or the organization isn’t ready to believe Maurice Harris or Robert Davis takes a big leap, the Redskins might turn to the draft for help.
Since the arrival of head coach Jay Gruden in 2014, the Redskins have selected at least one wide receiver in every draft: 2014 (5th round), 2015 (4, 6), 2016 (1), 2017 (6). Washington holds the 13th overall selection in the draft. Will they select a wide out in round one for the second time in three years?
We’ll see, but for now, here’s a look at some of the wide receiver options in the 2018 NFL Draft.