Every Redskins fan is fixated on Washington's 2019 draft class, which'll become a real thing and not a figment of mock drafts in two weeks. That's fair, too, considering how huge this season is for the franchise, its front office and its coaches.
Before that next wave of 'Skins players arrive in D.C. and pick out their jersey numbers, though, let's look back at the 2018 crop now that they've been in Burgundy and Gold for a year now.
Here's one thought on all eight members of the Redskins' 2018 haul.
Payne was brought in to smother opposing rushing attacks, but the Alabama lineman also checked in with five sacks in his first pro campaign. If he can produce similar numbers this year, he'll quickly shed the "run stuffer" label and earn another: "all-around stud."
Everyone wants to talk about how Guice can make a difference as a runner, but don't sleep on him as a receiver. He showed promise in that area in his albeit very limited time at training camp, and if he turns out to be a legit threat there, it'll allow Jay Gruden's offense to be more diverse.
When Adrian Peterson steps on the field, you figure a run is the most likely call. When Chris Thompson's there, meanwhile, you're expecting a pass. Guice could be that multi-talented option who keeps defenses guessing.
Ty Nsekhe's not here anymore, and it sounds like Washington is willing to see if Ereck Flowers, a natural tackle, can work at guard. That means Christian needs to take massive strides in his second year if the team is to trust him as the backup swing tackle, which is a role that matters a ton behind Trent Williams and Morgan Moses.
The defense has yet to get or identify their starting safety alongside Landon Collins, but Apke won't be it. The former fourth-rounder was expected to contribute on specials with his speed as a rookie but got injured early and hardly played. He, like Christian, has to improve greatly and find his niche.
Starting with the Thanksgiving game in Dallas, Settle saw his snaps increase by a solid amount and had a few moments of brilliance, too. Payne, Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis are the stars on the D-line, but if this guy can step up as well? An already scary collection would become downright dangerous.
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Hamilton is penciled in as a starting linebacker as of now, but don't be surprised if the Redskins bring in some competition either with a first-rounder like Devin Bush or a Day 2 or 3 choice. He played a ton after pushing Zach Brown off the field but didn't exactly show much difference-making ability in that extended action.
Stroman probably played far more than the 'Skins intended him to as a seventh-round choice, and outside of a key pick vs. the Bucs, he largely looked like one. One encouraging part about the corner was his willingness to be physical as a tackler despite his small, skinny frame. He's in no way a roster lock for 2019, but it'll be interesting to see how he develops.
He was Mr. Irrelevant in 2018 but matters very much for the offense as of now as the favorite to fill in for Jamison Crowder. Hopefully his injuries were more fluky than a recurring issue, because there was a lot to like about his ability to get open and his reliable hands. Whoever the starting QB is this September, he'll likely rely on Quinn plenty.
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