We’re back for another look at the Redskins’ projected 7-round draft with the second of three scenarios.
These choices are based on a combination of conversations with league sources, homework, intuition plus remaining needs. These different paths are akin to a “Choose your adventure” book. While the Redskins have four of the top 97 selections, their list of needs is lengthy and not everyone can realistically be addressed.
We went “Living on the edge” in the first version with Florida State pass rusher Brian Burns leading off the selections, which also included a local prospect and a quarterback on Day 2.
Click here for the latest two-round NFL mock draft, but only after reading the second path.
PATH 2 -- No passing on the future
First Round, Pick No. 15: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Shoutout to all those desperate for the Redskins to select a passer in the first round, think they are and cannot imagine a scenario in which they pass on the Bullis product if available. Whether one agrees with those assumptions or not there is certainly a world where this pick is used for a quarterback -- and that this one slips to 15.
Haskins threw for 50 touchdown passes in his lone season as a starter with the Buckeyes. Despite a recent sense of slippage with his draft stock, several league voices maintain the kid with a rocket arm is worthy of an early selection. Others feel the Redskins would be wise trading the pick for Arizona’s Josh Rosen instead.
Rewatching Michigan vs Ohio State to watch Dwayne Haskins pic.twitter.com/dUOc7qvVP3— kev (@docKev_) December 31, 2018
Second Round, Pick No. 46: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Versatility, power and athleticism are the hallmarks of Risner’s resume. The three-time All-Big 12 selection and All-American primarily played left tackle with the Wildcats, but likely shifts to guard on the NFL level. His draft range is 30-45 per sources, but we’ll indulge by keeping him available at 46 for a Redskins team in need of a left guard. There might be slim pickings here if the interior OL prospects start going off the board in the middle of the first.
Third Round, Pick No. 77: D’Andre Walker, OLB, Georgia
One issue with passing on pass rusher at 15 is the limited options in subsequent rounds. Better jump on who’s available if a priority. Walker, a two-year starter, had 13 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss the past two seasons. NFL.com: “[Walker] needs to improve his play strength and technique to handle run responsibilities, but he could find early work as a rotational edge-bending rush specialist until he's ready to take over as a starter.”
Third Round, Pick No. 97: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
Several league sources believe the Redskins are focused on adding tight end help and not just mere depth. Head coach Jay Gruden said as much this off-season. The *issue* with this class is the top three prospects might not fit with Washington’s picks at 15 and 46. Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger probably goes next and then there are eye-of-the-beholder options like Warring. The former basketball player visited Ashburn pre-draft. The interest isn’t about the stats, but the tape.
SDSU tight end Kahale Warring set to workout for Redskins on Friday, per source. Intriguing raw prospect. 6’5”, 250, 4.6 in the 40. https://t.co/rmkxiUgfiL— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 5, 2019
Fifth Round, Pick No. 154: Jahlani Tavai, ILB, Hawaii
One former front executive gushed to NBC Sports Washington about Tavai when the topic of mid-round linebackers came up. The 254-pound linebacker offers good size, ability and aggressive mindset to the defensive middle. Mason Foster’s contract runs thru 2019 and everything at ILB is uncertain.
I've now seen Jahlani Tavai make multiple across the field, TD saving stops now. Not only incredible effort, but good speed too: pic.twitter.com/3iny3SMhYZ— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) March 24, 2019
Fifth Round, Pick No. 174: KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno State
Johnson finished his career with the Bulldogs tops in receptions (275) and receiving yards (3,463) with an FBS-leading 50 consecutive games with a reception. Solid route running, hands and football IQ spurred on all that production for the 6-foot-1 target. Legitimate sleeper here with pro-ready moves.
KeeSean Johnson pic.twitter.com/0562M1gDZf— NFL Draft Videos (@NFLDraftVideos) November 1, 2018
Sixth Round, Pick No. 208: Malik Gant, S, Marshall
This ferocious hitter would back up Landon Collins should he make the team. Gant’s NFL.com’s profile includes the line, “Lives to strike, loves to strike.” The Redskins have shown interest in the D.C. native (Woodson). Same goes for anyone going down a rabbit hole of Gant highlight videos.
All-chirp team starting safety Malik Gant 💪🏼 what a great hustle play pic.twitter.com/TrSlRsQ2Aw— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) February 5, 2019
Seventh Round, Pick No. 229: Blace Brown, CB, Troy
The Redskins have a recent history of selecting players whose stock dropped because of injury. Brown’s torn ACL came in 2017 and he struggled to find the impressive form that had scouts noticing him before the injury. There’s certainly hope for - seventh-round corner to make the roster considering Greg Stroman, Danny Johnson and Adonis Alexander held down the last three spots in 2018.
Pick Six by Troy CB Blace Brown pic.twitter.com/TSOwAq3W5S— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) September 2, 2017
Seventh Round, Pick No. 255: Ricky Walker, DT, Virginia Tech
All the Alabama talk overlooks the amount of Hokies on the roster. Just last season the Redskins found an interior defensive lineman from Blacksburg on Day 3, and there’s a possible DL opening following Stacy McGee’s release. Walker lacks power, but he did lead the Hokies with 10.5 tackles for loss in 2018.
I see you Ricky Walker pic.twitter.com/5eC1Z5iN5t— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) August 13, 2018
UDFA: L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State
Scott started all fives games he played in 2018, but an ankle injury largely kept the four-year player off the field. He topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage as a sophomore and junior. Would provide power and pass blocking from the start.
Summary: Taking Haskins or any quarterback in the first round is the move of a team, at least for one with as many holes as the Redskins, understanding the playoffs probably aren’t happening this season. That’s fine for the big picture, but probably not the head coach of a team having not reached the playoffs since 2015. Warring is another long-term call while Risner would step in the lineup Day 1. Tavai, Johnson and Gant would be arguably the pound-for-pound best picks of the class. No major investments in the secondary or at the offensive skill positions with this path.
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